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Activate MKE to offer resources for central city residents during DNC

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- We still aren't totally sure what the Democratic National Convention will look like in Milwaukee this August, but we did learn about one of the parallel events that will happen.

It's called Activate MKE, and the Wisconsin Black Chamber of Commerce is hosting it.

Activate MKE is an effort to make sure central city residents are engaged in what's happening during the convention.

Three city parks will host Activate MKE activities. They include providing food for families, testing for COVID-19, backpack giveaways for students and more.

The plans are in place no matter what happens with the DNC.

"Leaders have to step up," said Ruben Hopkins, CEO of the Wisconsin Black Chamber of Commerce. "And so rather than sitting back complaining that things have changed or it's not the convention that it should have been, all that -- that's not our issue, right? Our issue is to make sure that the community is focused on."

Activate MKE events will take place from August 17-21.

The convention itself is scheduled for August 17-20.

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