Black History Month
Democrats call out ‘systemic racism’ by Assembly Republican leaders for punishing their free speech
Republicans in the Legislature generally shrug off accusations from Democrats that they are being callous to Wisconsinites by refusing to provide health care coverage or elitist by giving tax breaks to the wealthy while making it harder for low-income families to get food or child care. But there’s one charge that generates a quick reaction: […]
Will GOP leaders ‘allow’ Black legislators to honor Wisconsin native Stacey Abrams?
Rep. LaKeshia Myers (D-Milwaukee) is seeking to have the Wisconsin Legislature honor Wisconsin native Stacey Abrams. A resolution Myers is currently circulating recognizes Abrams’ work as a politician in the Georgia House, as a lawyer and as a voting rights activist. It is that later role — continuing the work that was begun with the […]
Senate puts the dysfunction of Wisconsin politics on parade
The Senate clerk read two resolutions back to back in their entirety during the floor session on Tuesday. The first one was a resolution to honor Black History Month that had been buried in a Senate committee because Republicans never allowed it to be voted on during the month of February. It honored several dozen […]
Is 2020 really over?
I’ve seen online jokes about how we are all just living in an extension of 2020. January started off so eventful that it just felt like it was December 37th instead of January of a new year when the Trump mob stormed the Capitol. Jokes aside, will 2021 be better than 2020? Now it’s February […]
Legislative Black Caucus kicks off Black History Month
Wisconsin’s Legislative Black Caucus kicked off Black History Month with song, speeches, prayers and hopes for a better future in 2021. It opened a meeting Monday with caucus chair Rep. Shelia Stubbs (D-Madison), who became the first African American to represent Dane County in Wisconsin’s Legislature. “I broke 170 years of history,” Stubbs said during […]
Black History Month revisited
During one of his frequent visits to Milwaukee, the late African-comedian Dick Gregory cracked a joke during a Black History Month ceremony: “Y’all know they just had to give us the one month with all them messed up days, don’t you?” The joke, in front of a predominantly African-American audience, received the expected laughs and […]
Black History Month honors past and present African America struggles
The Wisconsin Black Caucus kicked off Black History Month in the Capitol with a combination of celebration and criticism, reminding African American people of the struggles generations have endured since first being brought and sold in the New World. “For so long, black history has been a history of insularity,” said Rep. David Crowley (D-Milwaukee), […]