Proposal deserves a closer look…and perspective
Statement from Alderman Ashanti Hamilton May 9, 2013
Alderman Donovan’s proposal to add more than $600,000 from the 2013 Common Council Contingent Fund for public safety efforts was placed on file earlier today by the Public Safety Committee (essentially ending its chances of being heard or passing). But despite the committee’s action, I believe the proposal would be a worthy use of those funds. However, limiting the use of those resources to police overtime and the hiring of 20 new officers will do little to address the immediate safety needs facing our neighborhoods. To be clear, further examination of a plausible and immediate plan to address the public safety concerns brought up by this proposal is necessary.
I suggest we follow the model outlined by the Department of Justice that encourages a collaborative effort from residents, community-based organizations and the police department to implement comprehensive approaches to reducing crime. It is a strategy that has proven to be effective nationally but it is critical to have invested partners at the table and resources to follow through on the plan. Chief Flynn is a supporter of this strategy.
Specifically, Chief Flynn worked with the Local Initiatives Support Corp. (LISC) to earn Milwaukee the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Grant (that ironically is a $600,000 grant over three years) to help residents reclaim their neighborhoods. Expecting the police department to do it alone is a failed strategy and many of our constituents have been asking for a change in policy that offers them the support they need to repair and restore peace to their community.
Press Releases Referencing Ashanti Hamilton
May 3rd, 2016 by Ashanti Hamilton
The new blight-fighting endeavor will advocate public/private partnerships that will demolish abandoned, dangerous and unsanitary properties in the city’s Promise Zones.
Apr 26th, 2016 by Ashanti Hamilton
News release from Alderman Ashanti Hamilton
Nov 30th, 2015 by Ashanti Hamilton
DPW will assess if additional pilot demonstration areas are necessary after the 2015-2016 snow season.
Jul 31st, 2015 by Ashanti Hamilton
The challenge is a pilot project that will showcase creative ideas and strategies for transforming Milwaukee’s vacant land into an asset that contributes to a community need.
May 22nd, 2015 by Ashanti Hamilton
Statement from Alderman Ashanti Hamilton May 22, 2015
Jan 30th, 2015 by Ashanti Hamilton
Statement of Alderman Ashanti Hamilton January 30, 2015