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Jabril Faraj

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Jabril was born in Pasedena, California, before relocating at the tender age of two months to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His childhood was spent reading and running around in the Riverwest neighborhood of northeastern Milwaukee where he also attended public high school at Riverside University. After high school, where he wrote for the school newspaper and dazzled teachers with his grasp of the english language, Jabril left Milwaukee to attend the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, graduating in early 2010.

After graduation, Jabril returned to Milwaukee, falling back in love with the city he grew up in. While becoming involved in a growing arts and culture movement in the city, he was drawn back towards writing as a vessel for his own personal satisfaction and self-expression. Jabril has created two journalistic storytelling projects focused on his hometown - documenting the city's street festivals and telling the personal stories of regular people.

Recent Articles
 #RaiseMKE - January 11, 2017
 Sherman Park residents voice reservations about new city housing program
 An informational meeting Monday at City Hall disappointed city residents hoping to take advantage of a new program that will sell city-owned foreclosed properties for $1. Only developers can purchase the properties, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.
 #RaiseMKE - December 25, 2016
 Personal challenges make Heal the Hood founder a better leader
 It was his experience as a black man and the birth of his son when Ajamou Butler was 21 that helped shape who he would become, known by many as founder of Heal the Hood, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.
 Buzz - December 17, 2016
 Community members commend charge in Sylville Smith case, renew calls for footage
 In the aftermath of the decision to charge former MPD officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown in the August shooting of Sylville Smith, many are renewing calls to release body camera footage of the incident, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.
 #RaiseMKE - November 10, 2016
 Cincinnati's collaborative police reform effort offers model for Milwaukee
 At a recent event hosted by the Community Coalition for Quality Policing, Cincinnati representatives talked about their city's collaborative police reforms called "one of the most successful ... efforts ever undertaken," Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.
 Kids & Family - October 19, 2016
 After OSPP victory, MTEA sets sights on increased funding
 Despite the recent news that the Milwaukee Public Schools district is not subject to the Opportunity Schools Partnership Program in 2016-17, MTEA President Kim Schroeder said the work is not done, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.
 #RaiseMKE - October 9, 2016
 Community organizations to Common Council: "More police is not the answer"
 Community organizations sent a clear, unified message to the Common Council at a recent Public Safety Committee hearing, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports: More police will not be sufficient to reduce violence and crime in the city.
 #RaiseMKE - September 23, 2016
 300+ Strong rally encourages unity, amplifies black voices
 The sun finally broke through the rainy clouds over Sherman Park as a host of orange balloons ascended into the bright blue sky. The balloon release, a tribute to Eric Von, was a fitting opening to the 300+ Strong rally, reports Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service.
 #RaiseMKE - September 17, 2016
 Turnkey homes combat foreclosure, but challenges remain in Layton Boulevard West
 Layton Boulevard West Neighbors (LBWN) recently broke ground on its first new-construction Turnkey Renovation Home, building on a formerly bank-owned lot in Burnham Park, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.
 #RaiseMKE - September 2, 2016
 State rep arrested in Sherman Park says police focus needs to change
 State Rep. Jonathan Brostoff and Jarrett English, a youth organizer and police accountability associate at the ACLU of Wisconsin, were arrested and briefly detained by the MPD in Sherman Park Tuesday night, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.
 #RaiseMKE - August 27, 2016
 Curfew leaves Sherman Park youth with "nowhere to go"
 Nearly two weeks after demonstrations and violence swept through the Sherman Park neighborhood, a 6 p.m. curfew remains for the park, imposed by the Milwaukee County Sheriff on Aug. 16, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.

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