As we enter on 2019, I am struck by the divergence in expectations for the year. On Saturday, the board chair of a leading non-profit Black arts organization began by stating her optimism and hope for the year 2019. That same day, another dedicated colleague whose been a leader in our MTI work for criminal justice reform asked “who is not having darker visions these days?”
As we near the end of 2018, we have much to be thankful for. The Milwaukee Turners continue to be viable after 166 years, still and in fact renewed in our commitment to promote "sound minds" in "sound bodies." Accomplishing this dual goal is not an easy task in any environment. We need -- and greatly value -- your support.
Anita Zeidler was, like Charlotte Bleistein, a dedicated and powerful though soft-spoken woman who was both a long term Milwaukee Turner and a Socialist, and both were deeply influenced by Frank Zeidler, Anita's father and Milwaukee's Mayor from 1948-1960. Last September we lost Charlotte, who died in her sleep at 102 after being with us and many others at Fightin' Bob Fest, carrying on the tradition of Bob LaFollette, who thought people's interests came before corporations.