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Democrats on Kenosha DA's Announcement of No Charges in Jacob Blake Case PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Courtney Beyer   
Wednesday, 06 January 2021 16:54

jacob-blakeJacob Blake was shot seven times in the back and paralyzed by Kenosha police. Our laws fall miles short of adding up to a system of justice.


MADISON - The following is a statement from Democratic Party of Wisconsin chair Ben Wikler on the Kenosha County District Attorney’s office decision to pursue no charges in the police shooting of Kenosha resident Jacob Blake this August:

kenosha-jacob-blake-shooting-wsj“The safety of every Wisconsinite, regardless of race, must be at the center of our laws, and violation of that safety must lead to accountability. This is not justice. Not for Jacob Blake, who was shot seven times in the back and paralyzed by Kenosha police. Not for his children, who will be forever traumatized by the violence they witnessed that day. And not for the Black community in Wisconsin, which has seen their lives systemically devalued at the hands of police for years without accountability. Today’s decision is yet another gut punch to those who have been organizing and protesting in defense of Black lives.

“Our justice system falls excruciatingly short of its promise of equal protection under the law for all Americans, and our laws fall miles short of adding up to a system of justice. Wisconsin, with some of the worst racial disparities in the nation, has incurred a particular debt to the Black community that continues to grow. If our laws do not prevent or address injustice, it is time to change them. We must fight for a just, equitable, and anti-racist Wisconsin. Black lives matter.”

Last Updated on Friday, 08 January 2021 17:04
 
No Justice In Decision to Not Charge Officer in Shooting Jacob Blake PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Melissa Sargent Agard Press   
Wednesday, 06 January 2021 16:34

kenosha-jacob-blake-shooting-wsj“We have to do better” says Madison State Senator.


KENOSHA - On Tuesday, Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley announced that no charges would be filed against the officer who shot Jacob Blake seven times in the back after he called for help to break up a fight. After an investigation, it was concluded that the officer involved had not acted in a way that warranted charges.

Senator Melissa Agard (D-Madison) released the following statement regarding this announcement:

melissa-sargent“The anger and demand for reformative change demonstrated at the protests throughout 2020 was borne out of the continual inability to bring justice for black lives. No one should have to worry that calling a police officer will bring them harm, let alone cost them their life. We cannot continue the inaction - folks must be held accountable. What happened in Kenosha is a tragedy and an example of a broken system that desperately needs comprehensive reform.

“Our nation was founded on the principles of freedom and justice for all, however, our justice system lets down our communities of color and promotes violence against black and brown people. Wisconsin is the worst state for racial disparities and this is the result of the inability of our GOP lead legislature to address those disparities. Black Wisconsinites continually have barriers to accessing our criminal justice system, electoral process, education system, and many other aspects of our society.

“We have to do better.”

Last Updated on Friday, 08 January 2021 16:44
 
Gov. Radio Address - Staying Safe this Holiday Season PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Thursday, 24 December 2020 11:46

lacrosse-xmas-lightsStay safe this holiday season by staying home, and having virtual celebrations with family, friends and loved ones says Governor Evers.

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Democratic Radio: COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution in Wisconsin PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Friday, 18 December 2020 15:53

covid-19-vaccine-shotState will follow federal guidance on who gets the vaccine and when, starting with frontline healthcare workers and other essential services.


MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers delivered the Democratic Radio Address on Thursday encouraging Wisconsinites to continue to taking precautions to protect their health and safety as the state works to distribute and administer the COVID-19 vaccine over the coming weeks and months.

Audio file of radio address.

tony-eversHello, Wisconsin. Governor Tony Evers here.

Hope is on the horizon in the new year, as this week we began distributing and administering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine across the state.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has been working hard with our federal, state, and local partners to prepare for this and now they are putting their plan into action with regional hubs to ensure the safe, efficient distribution of vaccine.

While we will continue to follow federal guidance on who gets the vaccine and when, starting with our frontline healthcare workers and other essential services, the important thing to remember is that we are not out of the woods just yet.

So please, don’t give up on the public health guidance that we know will keep our families and communities safe and healthy.

Please continue to stay safer at home, wear a mask whenever you are out in public, and practice physical distancing.

Let’s stay hopeful, let’s stay safe, and let’s get through these upcoming months together, Wisconsin.

Thank you.

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 December 2020 16:38
 
Rep. Stubbs’ on Vel Phillips Statue Advisory Committee PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelia Stubbs Press   
Friday, 11 December 2020 20:36

vel-phillips-storyVel Phillips is a shining example of Black Excellence in Wisconsin.


MADISON- Today, Governor Evers announced the community advisory committee that will propose a monument in honor of the late Vel Phillips to the State Capitol and Executive Residence Board (SCERB). Representative Stubbs (D-Madison) is a part of this committee, and her statement is below:

shelia-stubbs“Vel Phillips is a shining example of Black Excellence in Wisconsin. As the first Black woman to be elected to the Milwaukee Common Council, and the first to become Secretary of State, she became the role model for many other Black women to enter public service, including myself. Her legacy of civil rights action paved the way for a generation, and her service deserves to be recognized”

“I want to thank Governor Evers for supporting this advisory committee, and for recognizing the moment we are in today. I also want to thank President and CEO of Boys & Girls Club of Dane County Michael Johnson for bringing this idea to legislators and Governor Evers. Our state capitol needs to be an accurate reflection of our state, and the people that call Wisconsin home. For too long, Black faces have been excluded from recognition, and it is time that status quo is changed”

“I look forward to working with my fellow committee members to bring this proposal forward, and to bring diversity onto our capitol grounds. Most of all, I am excited to honor the memory of Vel Phillips by bringing her story to the forefront. I hope this monument will inspire the next generation of leaders, and show that there is no limit to what they can achieve.”

The committee is made up of the members below:

  • Dave Endres, Corporate Legal Counsel for American Family Insurance (Chair)
  • Michael Phillips, son of Vel Phillips
  • Michael Johnson, President and CEO Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County
  • Jessica Cavazos, President and CEO, Latino Chamber of Commerce
  • Anthony Cooper, CEO of Focused Interruption Coalition
  • Shelia Stubbs, State Representative, 77th Assembly District
  • Angela Arrington, Senior Attorney for Alliant Energy, Delta Sigma Theta
  • Jake Brown, Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County
  • Lucy Mathiak, Former MMSD Board member, Historian
Last Updated on Saturday, 12 December 2020 11:53
 
“Trump enablers scheme & sue to overturn election” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Matt Brusky   
Friday, 11 December 2020 11:56

trump-enablerSTATEWIDE - We review a surreal week that saw Texas and 17 states sue Wisconsin and other states where Trump lost narrowly to overturn the election. In Wisconsin, Rep. Tussler, the chairman of the Assembly Elections committee, is holding a sham hearing Friday, and has already said he is willing to defy the will of the voters. We talk about the issues the do-nothing-good Wisconsin Legislature and US Senate are ignoring, especially COVID 19 , and laud Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes’ broad Climate Task Force plan which was released this Wednesday. Will its provisions make it into Governor Evers’ state budget? Finally, we welcome Shawn Phetteplace, Wisconsin State Manager of the Main Street Alliance, to discuss the budget priorities of small business owners.

Listen Now – Episode #471
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Agard Calls Republican Election Hearing "Sham" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Melissa Sargent Agard Press   
Friday, 11 December 2020 10:48

wisconsin_senateLegislative Republicans Hold Sham Public Hearing, trying to throw out 221,000 legally cast votes on Baseless, Unsubstantiated Election Fraud Claims says Senator-Elect.

Last Updated on Saturday, 12 December 2020 11:15
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Democratic Radio: Release of the Climate Change Task Force Report PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lt Gov Office Press   
Friday, 11 December 2020 10:08

mandela-barnes-cctfMADISON —​ Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes Thursday delivered the Democratic Radio Address on the release of the Governor's Task Force on Climate Change Report, which the task force released after a year of meetings and listening sessions.

Audio file of address.

Hi everybody, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes here. This week, I’m proud to announce that the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change has released its full report including over 50 strategies for Wisconsin to begin addressing the climate crisis. 

Climate change is having an impact on everyone in our state—whether it be illness caused by air pollution, loss of life and livelihood from extreme weather events, or the economic toll it’s having on farmers, the tourism industry, or infrastructure.  

Communities of color and low-income communities in our state are feeling the burden of the climate crisis the most—despite contributing the least to the problem. In order to address this crisis and the environmental injustices associated with it, we must take urgent action. 

That’s why in October of last year, Gov. Evers signed Executive Order #52 creating the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change and appointing me as its Chair. 

I’m proud to have led this work as we considered science and data, learned from Native Nations, farmers, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and local governments that are already taking action to address the crisis, and — most importantly —  listened to the experiences of Wisconsinites — particularly those of communities that have been excluded from policymaking in the past.  

The solutions in the report range from the creation of an office to address environmental injustices, green job training programs for displaced and marginalized workers, funding to help farmers adopt more sustainable practices, policies to promote cleaner methods of transportation, and statutory changes to help the energy sector transition to cleaner energy production.  

This report will lay the foundation for our state to become a leader in tackling the climate crisis. Find the report at ClimateChange.wi.gov and join us in fighting for a cleaner, safer, and more equitable Wisconsin.

 
Wis Democracy Campaign - Tomorrow’s Hearing PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Matt Rothschild, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign   
Thursday, 10 December 2020 10:25

wisconsin-senateMADISON - Tomorrow, Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature are holding a joint hearing on allegations of election fraud, and I wanted to share with you the letter I wrote to the chairs of that hearing:

Don't Trash the Vote!

Here’s the gist of the letter:

matt-rothschild“Please do not bow to political pressure ginned up by a President who has neither the dignity to concede when he has lost nor the decency to uphold the norms of our treasured democracy. Please use the power and authority you have to speak the truth, to point out the irrational, to calm the frenzied, and above all, to defend democracy itself.”

You can watch the hearing yourself starting at 10:00 a.m. on Friday morning on WisconsinEye.

I appreciate your own concern for our democracy!

Best,

Matt Rothschild
Executive Director
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“Vos’ COVID-19 plan fails Wisconsin” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Matt Brusky   
Friday, 04 December 2020 16:21

vos-2020-bgwSTATEWIDE - We discuss the adolescent and divisive COVID-19 legislation introduced by Robin Vos and Assembly Republicans that cuts funding for school districts and fails to address the historic pandemic bludgeoning Wisconsin families. We review Trump’s illegitimate lawsuit which seeks to change the rules of the game after the election and throw out hundreds of thousands of legal ballots in Milwaukee and Dane County. We kick off the State Budget fight that commences with Governor Tony Evers’ budget that he must present early next year. We discuss our top budget priorities, including a BadgerCare Public Option, Pharma Reform, and Green New Deal initiatives, and encourage our listeners to contact the Governor.

Become a Citizen Action member and attend our Annual membership meeting this Saturday, December 5th, 10am – Noon.

Episode #470
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