Rep. Bowen: Statement on recent turmoil in Milwaukee
“Elected officials, law enforcement, and community leaders need to come together and listen to the people in our community who continue struggling to get by.”
MILWAUKEE – Rep. David Bowen (D-Milwaukee), who grew up in the Sherman Park neighborhood of Milwaukee and has been present in the area every night since Saturday, released the following statement concerning the recent turmoil in the neighborhood:
“The loss of another young life in our city has understandably reinvigorated the frustrations of many people – of all ages – in our community. As the epidemic of police shootings has continued to disproportionately take the lives of Black men and women, members of affected communities have grown frustrated that they are not being heard on this and many other issues that disadvantage Black people in every aspect of life, causing extreme hopelessness and trauma.
“Elected officials, law enforcement, and community leaders need to come together and listen to the people in our community who continue struggling to get by. They need to follow through with productive efforts to create family supporting, living wage jobs, access to health care, and high quality, adequately funded public schools.
“I encourage Governor Walker to join myself and a group of elected officials and faith leaders this Friday at 6 p.m. at Parklawn Assembly of God Church in the Sherman Park Neighborhood for a listening session that is open to the public, not invite-only, so he can better understand the challenges, the needs, and the ideas so prevalent among our residents.”
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