The world is watching, and the Legislature’s silence and inaction is deafening
Statement of Alderwoman (and State Representative) JoCasta Zamarripa August 27, 2020
The end of the week is nearing and I have yet to receive notice from Assembly Speaker Robin Vos that we will convene in special session this Monday, August 31st.
As the only City of Milwaukee alderperson who also holds an Assembly seat as a State Representative, I again call on Speaker Vos and the Republican-controlled Legislature to heed Governor Tony Evers’ executive order (https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WIGOV/bulletins/29b9893 ) and bring us into special session to do the people’s work.
Wisconsin is at a crossroads. We must acknowledge the need for meaningful and real reform. Governor Evers has put forward common sense bills on policing accountability and transparency. These are bills that also have the support of leaders in law enforcement!
They rightly called for an end to the silence and inaction in our state’s legislative chambers. They seized the moment in an effort to help change the narrative and move the effort for real change forward, and it’s time for us as legislators to listen.
Let us not sit idly by while our great state’s heart breaks. We can help our constituents find resolution. By doing our duty and debating important legislation we can bring our people together and start the work toward justice, equality, and unity. We can have substantive discussions (and even tense but meaningful debates) and we can explain and teach each other why we are hearing the rally cry, “Black Lives Matter.”
And I know we will be better people, nay, better Wisconsinites for it. Now, please, let’s get to the important work that needs to be done.
- Op Ed: Chauvin Verdict Offers Glimmer of Hope - Angela Lang and Milwaukee BLOC Team - Apr 25th, 2021
- Protesters Rally After Chauvin Verdict - Graham Kilmer - Apr 21st, 2021
- Supervisor Taylor Statement on Derek Chauvin Guilty Verdict - Sup. Sequanna Taylor - Apr 21st, 2021
- Accountability should not be such a rare commodity - Ald. Milele Coggs - Apr 21st, 2021
- Statement on the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial - Ald. Chantia Lewis - Apr 20th, 2021
- Statement from Milwaukee Police Department on Derek Chauvin Verdict - Milwaukee Police Department - Apr 20th, 2021
- Live Stream From Justice 4 George Floyd Rally - Urban Milwaukee - Apr 20th, 2021
- Gov. Evers Releases Statement on Verdict in Chauvin Trial - Gov. Tony Evers - Apr 20th, 2021
- County Executive David Crowley Statement on Derek Chauvin Trial Verdict - County Executive David Crowley - Apr 20th, 2021
- Sheriff Earnell R. Lucas Statement on the Verdicts in the Chauvin Trial - Earnell Lucas - Apr 20th, 2021
Read more about 2020 Racial Justice Protests here