Milwaukee Common Council
Press Release

Community deserves to hear from department leaders on plans for change

Joint statement from Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II, Alderman Khalif J. Rainey, Alderwoman Chantia Lewis, Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, Alderwoman Nikiya Dodd, Alderman Robert J. Bauman, Alderman Cavalier Johnson, Alderman Nik Kovac, Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic, Alderman Mark Borkowski, Alderman José G. Pérez, and Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa

By - Jun 16th, 2020 04:01 pm

The unrest we see across the globe has been sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, an African-American man who died as a white officer had his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck. We must also acknowledge this unrest is a product of the many deaths of black people at the hands of those charged with the responsibility to protect and serve over many years.

As we have witnessed the past couple of weeks the people here in Milwaukee have taken to the streets to make sure their voices are heard regarding the need for change. We know that this is about much more than police reform – it is about the quality of life of black people in our city.

It is not lost on any of us that Milwaukee sits atop lists that no city wants to be on, including being among the worst places for African-Americans to raise children, having the highest incarceration rates of black men, high levels of black infant mortality, poverty, and a host of other health and other socio-economic disparities.

As diverse voices join the call for change, we recognize just how transformative these times are. As policy makers and members of a body that has the ability to help select individuals that will lead this city into the future, it is incumbent upon us to take the time necessary to ensure, for as much as is possible, that the appointments for commissioners and directors made by the Mayor have clearly articulated plans and a commitment to address many of the concerns raised by the community at this time.

Today’s unanimous Council vote ensures that nominees for commissioners, directors and other cabinet level appointees of the DPW, DNS, DCD, Water Works, Election Commission, Health Department, BOZA, DOA, DER and FPC will have the opportunity to further discuss their specific plans, through their department and leadership, to help address the needs and priorities of the community so that we can move this city forward in a direction of which we all can be proud.

When all the protesting and unrest is over we know Milwaukee can NOT return to normal. We must be a better Milwaukee.

More about the 2020 Racial Justice Protests

Read more about 2020 Racial Justice Protests here

Recent Press Releases by Milwaukee Common Council

Flames of insurrection and victimhood lead to siege of the People’s House

From Alderwoman Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, Alderwoman Chantia Lewis, Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic, Alderman Cavalier Johnson, Alderwoman Nikiya Dodd, Alderman Michael J. Murphy, Alderman Khalif J. Rainey, Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa, Alderman Robert J. Bauman, Alderman Mark A. Borkowski, Alderman Nik Kovac and Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II

Joint Statement on Charging Decision in Jacob Blake Case

From members of the Milwaukee Common Council: Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, Alderman Cavalier Johnson, Alderman Nik Kovac, Alderwoman Nikiya Dodd, Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa, Alderwoman Chantia Lewis, Alderman José G. Pérez and Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic

We All Know What “ZIP Code” is Code For

From Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, Alderman Cavalier Johnson, Alderman Nik Kovac, Alderwoman Nikiya Dodd, Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, Alderman Khalif J. Rainey, Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa, Alderwoman Chantia Lewis, Alderman Mark A. Borkowski, Alderman Jóse G. Pérez and Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II,

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