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.
- MKE County: Supervisors Want Chokehold Ban Codified - Graham Kilmer - Sep 17th, 2020
- Suspect arrested for pointing and aiming a long gun at protesters - Milwaukee Police Department - Sep 16th, 2020
- Policing Protests Is More Than ‘Law and Order’ - Henry Redman - Sep 16th, 2020
- Protest Day 108: BLM March Goes to East Side, Shorewood - Ethan Duran - Sep 14th, 2020
- Officer Accused Of Reckless Homicide Resigns - Corri Hess - Sep 9th, 2020
- Task Force Seeks Bipartisan Policing Reform - Laurel White - Sep 8th, 2020
- Op Ed: No Equality Without Specific Solutions - John Torinus - Sep 6th, 2020
- Op Ed: Kenosha Is Charlottesville - U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore - Aug 31st, 2020
- Justice Can’t Wait: Representative Subeck Decries Republican Delays to Justice Reform Package - State Rep. Lisa Subeck - Aug 31st, 2020
- GOP Legislators Skip Special Session on Police - Laurel White - Aug 31st, 2020
Read more about 2020 Racial Justice Protests here
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