Finance Committee Approves Amendment for Office on African American Affairs
Sup. Rainey’s Amendment Funds Staff to Advise the County Executive and County Board on Issues Affecting the African American Community
The Milwaukee County Board Committee on Finance, Personnel, and Audit has approved a measure providing $300,000 to create an Office on African American Affairs that would report to the County Executive, County Board and County department directors on issues concerning the needs and views of the African American community in Milwaukee County.
The amendment, authored by Supervisor Khalif Rainey, is designed to investigate issues concerning the African American community, including:
- Health metrics
- Food deserts
- Issues affecting young people and children
- Affordable housing
- The disproportionately high numbers of African Americans in the prison system
- Small business creation
“The needs of the African American community in Milwaukee County are real, and this amendment will make the Office on African American Affairs a reality,” Rainey said. “For too long the African American community has listened to platitudes from government officials who say they want to address the concerns of the African American community, but not much has ever been accomplished by words alone.
“This office will identify the issues affecting African Americans in Milwaukee County, and it will make recommendations as to what actions need to be taken to address those issues. It is a measure that is long past due, and I am hopeful that this office will make a difference in addressing those issues.”
The measure will go to the full County Board for consideration on November 9.
Press Releases by Khalif Rainey
Statement of Alderman Khalif J. Rainey September 26, 2016
The staffing makeup of the Office of African American Affairs will be determined in 2017 budget discussions.
Statement of Alderman Khalif J. Rainey July 22, 2016
The measure directs the Department of City Development to study the problem of food deserts in Milwaukee and put together a list of potential solutions.
“If we are united we can stand together and bring positive change to Milwaukee.”