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Celebrating Womxn’s History Month

#WomxnsHistoryMonth is here, and we encourage all of you to take a deep dive into the stories of Trans women, women with disabilities, and women of color, and how their activism continues to motivate others now and into the future! To kick off this month-long celebration, check out these inspiring womxn and femmes that have greatly Read More

“Dream”: A Poem

By Alexandra Smith                        – after Gwendolyn Brooks                    We think of lukewarm water, hope to get in it.   sunday morning sun shines through the open window to warm the tile, we bump hips and your Read More

Sankofa: Lessons in Returning to Our Roots

By John Broadway     A couple of months ago, a colleague of mine was about to present her life story. But first, she stopped to thank and acknowledge her ancestors.  When she did this, something in me snapped. Emotions flared, and I instantly teared up. That moment was a reminder that I’ve felt a Read More

Why You Should Capitalize the B in Black

An identity. A culture. A history. A community.  The Black diaspora is thriving and diverse in many ways, and the language that we use should reflect that. Language matters.  For decades, activists have pushed for the recognition of humanity in Black people and their experiences. A seemingly “easy” first step would simply be to capitalize Read More

“Not Far From the Tree”: A Poem

By Destiny Harris   Above cultivated humid soil, I ascend soaking in optimism. Underneath this soil, beads of courage are knotted into all of my fibrous roots. Through these roots, I am able to form a thick heart in this hollow trunk. From this trunk, hunger for self-control dangles in my mind like these scaly Read More

Tonya Mantilla, Rest In Power

We just heard the heartbreaking news that our dear friend, former PA Milwaukee ED, and PANO VP of Growth Strategy and Development, Tonya Mantilla, passed away Saturday, December 18th, surrounded by daughter Tatum (pictured) and close friends. Tonya had been on medical leave privately and fiercely battling cancer for the past year. Those of you Read More


Scott and Jewett join lead funder Citi Foundation as well as Ballmer Group, JPMorgan Chase, The Starbucks Foundation, and others in supporting Public Allies’s new Racial Equity Fundraising Campaign Milwaukee, Wis, November 17, 2021 – Public Allies, a national nonprofit whose mission is to create a just and equitable society and the diverse leadership to Read More

Statement on the Miscarriage of Justice in Kenosha

Over the past few weeks, the nation witnessed on trial, questions that sit at the heart of our democracy. Is it possible, in a country founded upon the premise of freedom and justice, to uphold equal justice before the law and the value of all life? Is the right to protest truly a right guaranteed Read More

Training the Trainers: Jeremy Triblett

Just a block away from his home on the north side of Milwaukee, alum Jeremy Triblett (Public Allies Milwaukee ‘10) realized he was being trailed by a police car. “I got into my driveway, stepped onto my grass, and they got out of the car, and it felt like a thousand of them—middle of the Read More

Past Lessons for Present Change: Sarah Weiss

The Holocaust and Genocide Memorial and Education Commission has a new member: Public Allies Cincinnati 2005 alum Sarah Weiss. Having served as CEO of Cincinnati’s Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center since 2007, Sarah uses lessons of the past to make change in the present and future. Her work centers around education about Read More

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