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Penn Park officially reopened Wednesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. With the city’s $1.5 million investment, Penn Park now features a renovated shelter, building for restrooms and concessions and a walking path.

  • By Jenny Pressman | Madison social justice activist

My parents and their families were among the 300,000–400,000 people packed into a small walled-off area of Warsaw guarded by soldiers and surrounded by barbed wire in 1939. At the end of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising in 1943, the Nazis incinerated the ghetto (my uncle took and smuggled out this photo). I believe the post-Holocaust rallying cry of “Never Again” means I must speak out against the Israeli occupation of Gaza, both because of the injustices and to honor my family’s memory.

Politicians in Wisconsin and Minnesota took different tacks when Republican Scott Walker became governor of Wisconsin and Democrat Mark Dayton became governor of Minnesota. Minnesota has experienced stronger job growth, increased worker wages, more access to health insurance and reductions in poverty rates.

Penn Park officially reopened Wednesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. With the city’s $1.5 million investment, Penn Park now features a renovated shelter, building for restrooms and concessions and a walking path.

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