Jessica Katzenmeyer
Press Release

Black Lives Matter Protests Continue, Representative Sanfelippo Remains Silent


By - Jun 21st, 2020 10:00 am

MADISON (June 22, 2020)— As Black Lives Matter protests continue across Wisconsin, the United States, and the world, Representative Joe Sanfelippo has chosen not to respond. In the four weeks since the murder of George Floyd in Minnesota, the Representative has declined to release any statements in relation to the event, even as many of his collogues on both sides of the aisle have chosen to speak up in some way.

Representative Joe Sanfelippo is Chair of the Assembly Committee on Health. Across social media and his State Assembly page, he has declined to speak on any current events or policy positions related to the Black Lives Matter movement, even in the interest of public health. In contrast, the City of Milwaukee, which sits on the border of Sanfilippo’s district, was the first city in the nation to declare racism a public health emergency.

Jessica Katzenmeyer, who is running to unseat Rep. Sanfelippo in Wisconsin’s 15th Assembly District, has vocalized her concern regarding the decision to proceed as normal:

“About a month ago, the nation witnessed the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police. In the several weeks following, we witnessed an uprising across the country. People are calling for changes to our culture, our approaches to policing and public safety, and how we value black lives in our society. Those in power need to listen to those who are hurting, commit to advocating for change, and they must acknowledge, under no uncertain terms, that Black Lives Matter.

“Personally, I am appalled at my current state representative, Representative Sanfelippo, for choosing to say nothing. Part of the responsibility of being a leader is to address the communities they were elected to serve and rise to the challenges that they endure. The Representative’s silence is a slap in the face to his constituents, especially our black neighbors, and I call on him to speak on these issues immediately.”

Katzenmeyer has previously called Representative Sanfelippo out via her campaign social media channels.

About Jessica Katzenmeyer for State Assembly

Jessica Katzenmeyer is a political candidate running for Wisconsin Assembly District 15 comprising of western West Allis and northern New Berlin. You can find out more about her campaign on Facebook (Jess for Assembly), Instagram (@Jess4Assembly) and Twitter (@Jess4Assembly).

More about the 2020 Racial Justice Protests

Read more about 2020 Racial Justice Protests here

Mentioned in This Press Release

Leave a Reply

You must be an Urban Milwaukee member to leave a comment. Membership, which includes a host of perks, including an ad-free website, tickets to marquee events like Summerfest, the Wisconsin State Fair and the Florentine Opera, a better photo browser and access to members-only, behind-the-scenes tours, starts at $9/month. Learn more.

Join now and cancel anytime.

If you are an existing member, sign-in to leave a comment.

Have questions? Need to report an error? Contact Us