,The purpose of today was to improve the specificity of my mission statement with the intention of finding a 'north star': a phrase I can come back to when lost and overwhelmed, to re-center my project. Through peer review and close analysis of what my project is really trying to accomplish I settled upon, "Uncovering the Legal Issues Most Afflicting to Milwaukee's Impoverished Community." The motivation behind this statement is one of discovery: to shed light not only on the most-pressing legal issues facing the poor community in Milwaukee, but find out why they exist and what factors perpetuate these issues. Matthew Desmond's, Evicted, brought widespread awareness to the landlord-tenant issues prevalent in Milwaukee. While my project will investigate that particular issue, I don't want it to be the focus of my project, for fear of just reiterating the notions in Desmond's book. I do, however want to combine the information in Evicted with the rest of my research, to paint a wider picture of the legal struggles Milwaukee's poor community faces on a regular basis and why they're predisposed to those particular issues.
I started the day hesitant of what was in store. I worried that the other's in the Tower 12 had more direction than I. At this point in the process, I know what I want to research but have no idea what my end product will be. The burden of the unknown can be discouraging, but after a trip to Lyndeen sculpture garden, I have gained much more confidence in my project. I was reassured that it's perfectly ok that I don't know where this project will end up, and could even be better that way. I don't have the confines of fitting my project into predetermined expectations.
Additionally, my project has gained several new potential directions. Among my essential questions are:
Milwaukee, Wisconsin: The city I have penned in the top left corner of envelopes the entirety of my life, the city where my parents grew up, and the city I call home. Milwaukee county is comprised of 19 municipalities. Although they all posses the umbrella label of existing within Milwaukee County, the socioeconomic statuses of these municipalities' residents could not be more different. Being #11 on "The Most Segregated Cities in America" list, means that my experience of growing up in Milwaukee can differ drastically from those living just miles away. On this journey, I hope to investigate the most pressing legal issues facing the impoverished people of Milwaukee, as well as the factors that make these issues so prevalent. Through shadowing at the Milwaukee Justice Center and interviewing experts in my community, I hope to get answers to these questions as well as answers to questions that may arise later. Although I don't know specifically what my end product will be, I hope to incorporate an aspect of community outreach in it, even involving my peers and others at my school.