This week Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes took a turn doing the Democratic radio address recorded weekly for the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, using the forum to address the killing of George Floyd and the resulting protests. He echoes Gov. Tony Evers’ video message calling for the Legislature to pass a bill on use of force standards for law enforcement — as a first step to creating a just and welcoming state.
“In George Floyd’s death, we remember those Black Wisconsinites who we have lost to systemic racism and those at the hands of the very people who have sworn to protect and serve,” says Barnes.
“We have to recognize that, especially in our state, acts of systemic violence are happening every day, and they include more than just fatal police violence.
“This includes the poverty, poor environmental conditions, and inequitable access to health care experienced by Black communities and other communities of color. These, too, are systemic forms of violence.
“Those who are protesting this injustice are doing so in order to save our nation, and they should be protected as they do so.
“We have to reject the idea that this is not who we are, as a society and as a country. Unfortunately, this country was built by stolen labor on stolen land. It’s who we have always been. But, together, we can all work to change that.”
The Republican weekly address was given by Rep. Bob Kulp (R-Stratford) on the topic of June is National Dairy Month. He mentions COVID-19 as amplifying what was already a tough time for dairy farmers in Wisconsin.
Kulp notes that many traditional Dairy Month events are cancelled, but you can find some virtual events at WisconsinDairy.org.
“The COVID-19 crisis amplified what was already a difficult time in the industry. Some farmers were forced to dump milk due to a lack of demand created by quarantine measures,” says Kulp. “But, dairy is part of Wisconsin’s identity and it generates $43.4 billion each year for our state’s economy. Even during the health crisis, farmers and processors are giving back to their communities by donating milk and cheese to food pantries across the state. …Thank you to Wisconsin’s dairy farmers, processors and retailers that help provide food for people around the globe.”