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AMKE: The List 11-17-11

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Governor Walker said yesterday that he’s not responsible for the recall effort against him. Walker’s opponents started collecting petitions for recall on Tuesday, and these efforts were sparked by the governor’s decision to all but eliminate collective bargaining for most public employees. Walker said he kept his campaign promise by balancing the state budget while avoiding general tax increases.  

It’s National Day of Action. People in cities across the country are hitting the streets again to protest corporate greed of the one percent. Here in Milwaukee, a rally called “Get on the Bridge” will start at 3:30 at Carver Park near I-43 and North Avenue. This Cccupy Milwaukee Rally is to support communities in need of jobs, education, safe streets, healthcare, and change.

It’s that time again…downtown is ready for over 500,000 lights and nearly 400 wreaths. That’s because tonight kicks off the 13th season of the Holiday Lights Festival at Pere Marquette Park. Starting at 5:30, you can find a fashion show, holiday variety show, live music, hot cocoa, plus the “flipping of the switch”, that’s when downtown will light up, right around 6:30.

Expansion plans are in the works for the Menominee River State Recreation Area. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources bought 2,000 acres of land from Milwaukee and it includes whitewater rapids and scenic areas along the river, where Wisconsin and Michigan bisect. Both states’ natural resources departments will manage the public land and its 5,000 + acres.

Artworks for Milwaukee is seeing a lot of success throughout the community, placing more than one-third of teens in jobs. It’s a nonprofit that offers internships for high school students with poor academic performance, disabilities or lack of resources. It recently had a sold out event with its third annual benefit to support its 2012 programming.

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, Milwaukee residents are looking for ways to give back.  Horizon Home Care and Hospice is putting together a toiletry drive and is looking for donations of health and hygiene products of any size. For the last few years, the non profit has collected toiletries, assembled over 200 packages and delivered them to their home care patients.