The African-American Roundtable (AART) is currently a fiscal project of the Hmong American Women’s Association. AART officially incorporated January 15, 2021 and is currently pursuing their non profit 501(c)3 status.
AART is an assembly of partners led by and serving the Black population/community of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. AART exists to empower and organize our community to transform policies so that Black people can thrive and live at their greatest potential. They provide:
AART collaborates to show power, amplify each other’s voices, nurture leadership, promote racial equity and accessibility, and pass policies to radically improve the lives of Black people in Milwaukee. They envision a Milwaukee where Black people are walking in their power, organized, leading, and transforming policies to change the trajectory of their community to thrive and live at their greatest potential.
AART also co-created our first zine (a self-published, non-commercial print-work that is typically produced in small, limited batches) with our community to share our new visions through an artistic lens. Click here to view.
AART launched the LiberateMKE campaign in 2019 demanding investment into the community to include affordable quality housing/cooperative initiatives, public health, and violence prevention/alternatives.
Through this campaign AART politicized, mobilized and organized residents through trainings, advocacy, and educational opportunities by AART staff and other community leaders. This program has been led by AART’s Coalition and Membership Manager Devin Anderson, who helps provide the strategic direction of our campaign/coalition.
This campaign has had a many as 70 community partners and individuals and to help engage hundreds of residents through the city of Milwaukee budget process.