Roundup Weekend: Lawmakers Continue To Fight To End Racial Disparities In Wisconsin Pregnancies And Birth Rates


In Wisconsin, black women who give birth are five times more likely than white women to die during or within a year of pregnancy. The risk of death for black infants is double the state average, and they are more often born prematurely or with a low birth weight than white babies, according to a report from the Department of Health Services. Status of 2017.

The report also shows that the death rate for babies born to black mothers in the state was the highest in the United States and continued to worsen as structural inequalities are not corrected, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The state has done little to address this problem – what many advocates consider a “state of emergency,” the Journal Sentinel reported.

Racial disparities between white and black residents of Wisconsin are significant, apparent in factors such as health care, housing, education, and the like, which all affect black children’s pregnancies and education.

Republican state lawmakers have cut back on many initiatives that would help reverse these statistics, including Medicaid, Governor Tony Evers’ Healthy Women Proposal, Healthy Babies, and funding for Planned Parenthood.

Last month, Representative Shelia Stubbs, D-Madison, Chair of the Legislative Assembly Black Caucus, and Senator LaTonya Johnson, D-Milwaukee, introduced six bills under the Birth Equity Act. This set of invoices, they say, is important because they are “made not only for Blacks and Aboriginals of color, but through them, ”writes the Journal Sentinel.

But the bills face the Senate and the State Assembly, both of which have Republican majority.

“These bills can’t just be bills that black people or people of color have a problem with,” Stubbs said. “This is a Wisconsin state problem. It needs to be addressed by 99 representatives and 33 senators.”

Wisconsin DHS: COVID-19 Weekly Recap

On Friday, the seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin was 3,004. DHS confirmed 8,848 total deaths due to the disease.

Over 55 percent of Wisconsinites are fully vaccinated – 83.8 percent of people aged 65 and over and 46% of children aged 12 to 15.

MNR continues to eliminate invasive carp in the Mississippi River

The state’s natural resources department has announced new measures to reduce the number of invasive carp in the Mississippi River.

Along with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and several federal environmental agencies, the DNR is increasing commercial net operations, tracking tagged carp, and continuing to use the modified unified method, which drives fish to a series of smaller areas until until they are captured.

At the end of October, the agencies caught and sampled over 100,000 pounds of fish near La Crosse. According to a press release, although seven silver carp were observed jumping out of the sampling area, no invasive carp were caught.

“This is potentially very good news regarding the current state of invasive carp in Pool 8,” said Jordan Weeks, MNR Mississippi fisheries biologist. “Catches of invasive carp have declined sharply. We hope this indicates a decrease in the actual population of invasive carp.”

Wisconsin State Fair cream puffs for sale at a drive-thru in December

The hot weather may be long gone, but this Wisconsin summer staple – the Wisconsin State Fair’s beloved cream puffs – will make a brief comeback next month, the Journal Sentinel reported.

A cream puff drive-thru will take place at Wisconsin State Fair Park from December 9-12. , reports the newspaper.

Read about the state’s cream puff-kringle rivalry: The ‘friendliest debate’: cream puffs vs. kringle – 2 of the state’s most popular delicacies

Congratulations cone. Come on honey, it’s sorbet day. This Milwaukee company focuses on plant-based ice cream.

Olivia Menzia started making ice cream when she was a student at Marquette University and shares it with her friends.

After realizing that many people couldn’t have dairy products, she decided to focus on herbal ice cream. In 2019, she opened Liv A Little Ice Cream, a plant-based vegan business.

“One day I brought a gallon to eat with my friends,” she told the Sentinel Journal. “Only two of us could have it. I could eat the whole gallon, but should I? It took me outside the box. Let’s try something different.”

Its ice cream uses coconut and oat milks.

The 25-year-old isn’t the only person in her family with a deep love for ice cream. His dad loves him just as much, he even worked in an ice cream shop growing up. And his grandfather also worked with ice cream.

“I had already thought of all the flavors of my dreams when I was a child,” she said.

Its two best sellers are Warm Hugs, a chai latte-inspired option, and 3 O’Clock Coffee, which you know is flavored with coffee.

So how does she find her flavors?

“I have a lot of things on my mind,” she told Journal Sentinel. “Nostalgia is a big shank for a lot of them. I always wonder what I fancy? It’s usually something I had when I was young. For example, Pop Tarts are a craving , but I can’t. buy a whole box. I should have the whole box, not just one. When I have these moments, I bet I’m not the only one. “

Liv A Little Ice Cream doesn’t have a brick-and-mortar story, but the delicacies can be found in Milwaukee in pop-ups, Dead Bird Brewing and Strangetown, or ordered through Milwaukee Farmers United.

Increase in municipal property taxes in Eau Claire

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Officials in the City of Eau Claire have said property taxes will likely increase for many homeowners next year based on the recently approved budget, the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram reported.

The average household will see their taxes increase by about $ 60.

Officials said the hike is linked in part to renovations and additions to the LE Phillips Memorial Public Library building.

“Based on that $ 205,000 house, the increase would be about $ 60 per year or about $ 5 per month,” city finance director Jay Winzenz told The Leader-Telegram.

As the pandemic continues, bars and restaurants in Milwaukee are improvising outdoor seating options

Many bars and restaurants in the Milwaukee area have created impromptu outdoor seating as winter approaches and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is leaving many customers wary of overcrowded indoor spaces, the Journal Sentinel reported. Exterior structures range from private plastic domes to greenhouses.

“Most spaces have small heaters that keep the temperature relatively comfortable, but you will still need to dress warmer than if you were dining inside. Most have a limited menu – usually with food and drink packages. family-style – and have a booking fee. They can usually accommodate between six and eight people and are reserved exclusively for your group, “the newspaper reported.

The Sentinel Journal has created a list of what some restaurants and bars are doing in the Milwaukee area.

Biden says US is considering diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

The Winter Olympics are scheduled for February in Beijing. President Joe Biden said on Thursday that the United States was considering a diplomatic boycott of the Games, meaning no government official would be allowed to attend. American athletes would still be in competition.

The potential boycott is the result of “growing pressure to hold China accountable for human rights violations,” The New York Times reported.

Biden’s comment came during a meeting Thursday with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada and President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico at the US White House.
They discussed trade, the climate crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic.

A reporter at the meeting asked Biden about the diplomatic boycott, which he said is “something we are considering.”

US officials are concerned about abuses in Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong, according to a White House statement. Beijing’s economic policies are also cause for concern.

Read here to find out more about what Biden, López Obrador and Trudeau discussed on Thursday.

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