In 2020, a confluence of global events and conditions--a pandemic, economic dislocation, and racial injustice--revealed inequities in our local communities. This page, MKE Rising, is dedicated to listing resources that help people rise through equity, education, entrepreneurship, employment, and engagement in Milwaukee. Suggestion? Please let me know.
- LIT MKE: works for electoral justice, action, advocacy, public policy, and leadership through a youth-led effort, Leaders Igniting Transformation
- BLOC: supports communities, action, opportunity, and leadership through Black Leaders Organizing for Communities
- NAACP MKE: advocates for civil rights; founded in 1909 as NAACP = National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
- City of Milwaukee Voter Information: provides access to information on how register to vote, where to vote, elections, and running for public office; note that Milwaukee offers early absentee voting--the best way to make sure your vote is counted
- MyVote.WI.GOV: provides information about registering to vote and voting in Wisconsin from the official site the State of Wisconsin Elections Commission
- City of Milwaukee: provides information on the City of Milwaukee initiatives; Mayor Barrett has embraced the MBK Alliance Pledge to examine community policing through a Commission on Police Accountability and Reform
- ACLU Wisconsin: defends and preserves the rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws give to every individual; founded in 1920 as The ACLU = The American Civil Liberties Union
- YWCA Southeast Wisconsin: promotes peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all; founded in 1893 as YWCA = Young Women's Christian Association
- Color of Change: helps people respond to racial injustice through criminal justice, culture change, voting, technology, challenging anti-Black politics, and economic efforts
Engagement and Education
- Summit: serves inner-city Milwaukee students in developing academic skills and individual virtues through mentoring and tutoring
- Unite MKE: supports the health and well-being for the community
- COA Youth & Family Centers: offers educational, recreational, and social work programs for teens and families; founded in 1906 as COA = Children's Outing Association
- UMOS: helps underserved people with support for employment, child development, social services, and workforce development; found in 1965 as UMOS = United Migrant Opportunity Services
- SDC: provides human services for low-income people; founded in 1963 as SDC = Social Development Commisssion
- MLK Community Center: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, in King Park, offers fitness, recreation and programming opportunities
- Bronzeville Cultural and Entertainment District: celebrates a Milwaukee neighborhood of African-American culture; flourishing between the early 1900s and the 1960s featuring jazz, blues and the arts; destroyed for freeway construction
- America's Black Holocaust Museum: builds awareness of the legacies of slavery and racial inequities in America
- Wisconsin Black Historical Society/Museum: documents and tells the story of African heritage in Wisconsin
- KeytoChangeMKE: works for long-term solutions to homelessness
- MKE Transit: provides a summary of options for transit in and around the Milwaukee area, with a focus on public transit systems; approximately 19% of Milwaukee households do not have cars (source: Governing)
- Health and Human Services in Milwaukee: lists a variety of sources and organizations for support
Entrepreneurship and Employment
- The Milky Way Tech Hub: encourages Milwaukee's tech hub to represent Milwaukee's diverse population through community workshops, panels, talks, hackathons and design thinking sessions
- We Pivot: creates conditions where marginalized individuals are included and empowered in a more diverse tech industry
- MKE Black: connects customers to Black businesses and resources; includes food, drink, shopping, hair, beauty, and activities
- Entrepreneurs' Toolkit for Women, Minorities, Tribes, and Veterans: provides a toolkit from the Wisconsin Technology Council
- The Blueprint: serves as a business accelerator for locally-owned startups; a project of the Young Enterprising Society, the City of Milwaukee, The Milwaukee Institute, Northwestern Mutual and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
- The Milwaukee Institute: builds the Great Lakes region's high-technology, entrepreneurial economy, and culture
- Wisconsin Entrepreneurs: supports entrepreneurship; from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
- Startup Milwaukee: supports Milwaukee startups; includes a directory of startups based in metro Milwaukee
- The Commons: develops a collaborative, connected, talent ecosystem; an initiative of The Greater Milwaukee Committee
- Wisconsin.GrantWatch: provides access to grant information
- City of Milwaukee Business Support: provides access to the City of Milwaukee's information for business operation, licenses, permits, property, and support
- WWBIC: supports women in business; The Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation
- MKE Tech: works to advance an innovation-based economy in Milwaukee
- African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin: works to expand business success in Milwaukee and Wisconsin
- HCCW: supports Hispanic business; Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin
- MMAC: seeks to foster investment and growth in metro Milwaukee for business and jobs; MMAC = Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce
- "Legacy: New business hub for minority entrepreneurs to open on MLK Drive"
- "How Milwaukee Plans to Help Minority Businesses by Rethinking City Contracting"
- "Entrepreneurs of color thrive despite Milwaukee's long history of segregation"
- "5 Organizations Helping Minority Startup Founders Succeed"
- "Twelve Organizations Driving More Inclusive Entrepreneurial Ecosystems"
- "Bader Philanthropies to redevelop King Drive Building into a Cafe and Wellness Center"