Across the Divide

Michelle Matternowski

The conversation surrounding criminal justice reform in Wisconsin has the community crossing party lines to talk about solutions.

The Across the Red & Blue Divide event, which took place in Glendale on Sept. 6, included a panel discussion and small group discussion circles.

Michelle Maternowski

People from across the political spectrum will join on Thursday, Sept. 6, at The Bavarian Bierhaus in Glendale, Wis., for our Across the Red & Blue Divide: Reforming Criminal Justice event.

Teran Powell

Six months ago, Across the Divide: Next Steps for Foxconn convened a panel to discuss initial questions about the massive manufacturing facility coming to Racine County. Since then, developments have happened at a breathtaking pace. The first $100 million in construction contracts have been announced, with most of that going to Wisconsin companies, and some are asking how political connections affected those awards.

Audrey Nowakowski

For months, women across the country, and right here in Milwaukee, have been making a concerted effort to share their stories of workplace sexual harassment.

The movement is called #MeToo.

With so many stories being shared, many people are now asking: so what happens now? Where do we go from here?

That was the topic of a community forum, titled Across the Divide: From #MeToo to What Now?, hosted Tuesday night by WUWM and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel at Good City Brewing in Milwaukee.

Greg Lebrick, Gateway Technical College

The planned Foxconn factory in Racine County will be the largest development deal in Wisconsin history. Company and state officials say the facility, which will make LCD screens, could employ as many as 10,000 people and has the potential to transform the local economy.

But with promises and predictions, have come questions: Who stands to benefit from the jobs? What impact will the factory have on local taxes? How will the environment be impacted?

Michelle Maternowski

For years, state lawmakers have been expanding school choice throughout Wisconsin, allowing public dollars to follow kids to private schools. Now, the Trump administration is looking to expand voucher programs nationally.

WUWM and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel held a community conversation, titled  Across the Divide: Where is School Choice Header Under President Trump?, at Anodyne Coffee in Walker's Point on September 19 to bring together people with different perspectives on school choice.

David Haynes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

WUWM and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel hosted Across the Divide: New Realities for Immigrants, an event at Carroll University in Waukesha. On Monday, May 22, panelists shared their thoughts and experiences with community members about an issue that is as complicated as ever.

Meet the panelists:

Michelle Maternowski

Dozens of local people who long to hear civil political dialogue got to experience a bit of it Tuesday night.

WUWM and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel hosted a forum to discuss our polarized political climate – and how we might cross the divide.