Maayan Silver

News Reporter

Maayan Silver started as a reporter for WUWM News in March 2018. Before that, she spent two years as an Assistant Producer for WUWM's Lake Effect.

Maayan was previously a criminal defense attorney.

She loves listening to people's stories, learning about different cultures, music of all sorts, and dogs.

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Like many states, Wisconsin is expecting a major shift toward mail-in voting this fall due to the coronavirus pandemic. It's also a key state that could decide whether President Trump gets another term

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden began a visit to Wisconsin on Thursday by meeting with the family of Jacob Blake, the Black man whose shooting by a white police officer sparked days of sometimes violent protests.

This was Biden’s first trip to Wisconsin this campaign cycle.

He spoke with Blake on the phone for 15 minutes during his visit. Biden says Blake “talked about how nothing was going to defeat him, about how whether he walked again or not, he was not going to give up.”

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President Trump visited Kenosha on Tuesday after protests over the police shooting of Jacob Blake turned to unrest in the city. Trump was there to support law enforcement and is making a clampdown on unrest a key part of his reelection message.

President Trump's campaign to discourage the use of mail-in voting this fall is raising concerns among Republicans, particularly in the key swing state of Wisconsin, that his efforts could hinder their party on election night.

Last week, Trump called expanding mail-in voting during the coronavirus pandemic "the greatest scam in the history of politics" — although there's no evidence to back up his claim that it will lead to widespread voter fraud.

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A diverse group of Kenosha churches gathered for a prayer vigil Thursday night at Harbor Park in Kenosha’s downtown. The churches billed it as an expression of solidarity to pray for an end to the turmoil of recent days.

The unrest started after Kenosha police shot Jacob Blake in the back seven times on Sunday, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. Protests ensued, and so did widespread arson and vandalism.

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Donald Trump was nominated for president for the second time Monday at the Republican National Convention in Charlotte.

Most of the delegates voted remotely and will be watching the convention from home — due to coronavirus restrictions put in place by Democratic North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper.

Several Wisconsin delegates, like Bob Spindell, describe what they’re expecting this week.

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After Tuesday night’s roll call at the Democratic National Convention, Joe Biden is officially the Democratic candidate for president of the United States. And during the broadcast of the convention itself, Milwaukee and Wisconsin got some time in the virtual spotlight.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett called the convention to order at the Wisconsin Center Tuesday night in front of a cobalt blue background and framed by two American and two Wisconsin flags.

“I would love to be welcoming you to my home city right now,” said Barrett.

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On Monday, the Democratic National Convention kicked off virtually. Very little is happening at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee’s downtown and most speeches are being broadcast remotely with a mix of live and pre-recorded videos.

To get a little sense of what conventions are generally like, we spoke with state Rep. Lakeshia Myers, one of Joe Biden’s delegates in Wisconsin. Myers was also a delegate for Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia in 2016.

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After losing Wisconsin to Donald Trump in 2016, Democrats vowed not to take the state for granted — taking steps like picking Milwaukee to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention.

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Milwaukee racial justice protest leaders were arrested in Indiana Wednesday night, booked on misdemeanors and released on their 750-mile foot march to Washington, D.C. The group aims to arrive to the nation’s capitol by Aug. 28 — the day Martin Luther King Jr. gave his "I have a dream" speech.

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Election officials are encouraging people to vote by mail, saying it's the safest voting option during the coronavirus pandemic. But President Donald Trump and other Republicans are making unfounded claims that mail-in ballots are a set-up for fraud.

Some voters are also worried about mail-in ballots getting lost or not delivered based on the April 7 election, when Wisconsin held an election in the chaos of a new pandemic and a series of last-minute legal changes.

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State Rep. David Bowen was with protesters outside Officer Joseph Mensah’s home on Saturday and says Mensah came out of his house aggressively, “with the goal to provoke peaceful protesters and incite violence.”

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Updated on Thursday at 10:50 a.m. CT

Joe Biden will not travel to Milwaukee to accept the Democratic presidential nomination because of concerns over the coronavirus, party officials said Wednesday, signaling a move to a convention that essentially has become entirely virtual.

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Updated Sept. 28 at 3:44 p.m. CT

Wisconsin is a pivotal battleground state in the 2020 race for the White House. In addition to voting for president, Wisconsinites will be electing key state positions — all during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Milwaukeeans got more answers Wednesday about a push to add federal investigators to anti-violence efforts in the city. U.S. Attorney Matthew Krueger announced the U.S. Department of Justice will provide 25 to 30 federal investigators in Milwaukee as part of Operation Legend — an initiative to curb violent crime in cities.

Krueger highlighted that homicides in Milwaukee are up.

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The Democratic National Convention is three weeks away. A lot has changed since we first learned Milwaukee would be the host city. The coronavirus pandemic forced much of the convention to go virtual. All of the large events have been canceled and delegates have been told to stay home.

What convention week in Milwaukee will really look like remains to be seen. But what we do know is that conventions are a significant part of the election process.

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After a panel on equity and inclusion recommended body cameras for officers and a ban on chokeholds and no-knock warrants in the city of Wauwatosa, the full city council held a listening session on "race, equity and police issues" on Tuesday night.

Wauwatosa has been grappling with how to address racial equity and police reform, in part because of Officer Joseph Mensah. In the past five years, he shot and killed three men while on-duty: Antonio Gonzales in 2015, Jay Anderson Jr. in 2016, and Alvin Cole in February.

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It's been almost a year and a half since Milwaukee was picked to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention (DNC). Since then, the coronavirus pandemic has upended plans for an in-person convention, which was expected to bring an estimated 50,000 people to the city.

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The city of Milwaukee wants people to vote by mail in both the August and November elections. On Monday, the city sent out more than 250,000 voter information mailers to households explaining how to register online and request mail-in ballots. Officials are hoping to curb some of the difficulties with mail-in ballots that took place in the April spring election and presidential primary.

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Wisconsin saw an enormous shift in the number of people who voted early or by mail in its April primary. Election officials are looking to accommodate this trend in November — when even more people are expected to cast ballots. So, they want to educate voters on how to register, how to request and return mail-in ballots (otherwise known as absentee ballots), and what the deadlines are.

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The faith community played an important role in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. And that legacy continues today. In Milwaukee, a number of faith groups have led and joined in the ongoing protests over racial justice. One of those leaders is Pastor Kenneth Lock.

He's with Evolve Church, a non-denominational church that's active in supporting the community. Lock is also a barber and the head chaplain for the Milwaukee Bucks.

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A vigil was held in Milwaukee Monday night calling for justice for a female U.S Army soldier who served at Fort Hood in Texas. Pfc. Vanessa Guillen, 20, was bludgeoned to death and dismembered.

There’s been an outcry around the nation as people say Guillen complained of sexual harassment by another soldier, and that the military doesn’t take such complaints seriously enough. Milwaukee activists gathered to demand change and accountability.

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President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are visiting Wisconsin this week to seek support in key areas, including Waukesha and Brown counties.

Tuesday, Pence addressed a crowd at the Ingelside Hotel in Pewaukee. It was the first stop on his “Faith In America” tour. Pence talked up the economy, Trump administration trade deals, and the president’s support for school choice.

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The school year ended with electronically filed assignments, Zoom classes, and virtual graduations, as 2020 grads move onto the next phase of life during a pandemic. And now, against the backdrop of these major life changes: some students are taking to the streets in mass demonstrations against racial inequality and police brutality.

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After the video of George Floyd's death surfaced, many people asked why no one stepped in to remove then-Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin from his neck.

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There were a number of demonstrations in the Milwaukee area this weekend to protest the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, and to stand in solidarity with civil rights marchers around the world. One of the events was a show of love and support for Milwaukee’s youth.

The “Young, Gifted & Black” rally in Sherman Park celebrated 2020 graduates and black excellence.

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On the eighth day of protests in Wisconsin over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, demonstrations were held in a number of cities.

In Racine Friday evening, a coalition of community groups, including Voces de la Frontera and the NAACP, organized a car caravan that led to the county courthouse. Cars were decorated in support of Black Lives Matter, painted with words like “no justice, no peace,” sporting signs and even a Mexican flag.

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