Empower Wisconsin | July 13, 2020
By Lexi Dittrich, MacIver Institute
MADISON — The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors is voicing its support for a far left House bill that would decriminalize illegal immigration, legalize marijuana and prostitution, and permanently ban assault weapons, among other things.
The board last month took up the resolution recommending Congress pass a long list of policing and criminal justice reforms. Supervisors tabled the measure, but plan to bring it back at their next meeting on July 23. It unanimously cleared board’s Intergovernmental Relations Committee.
Freshman U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Massachusetts) introduced The People’s Justice Guarantee, that also calls for reparations blacks, a return to federal funds marked for abortions by repealing the Hyde Amendment, investing $1 trillion in low-income housing subsidies, instituting Medicare for All, and funding the Green New Deal.
Instead of “incarceration and policing,” the People’s Justice Guarantee wants to replace such practices with “community-based violence interruption programs,” a tactic advocated for by radical police reformists like Madison’s own Freedom Inc.
The Milwaukee County Board resolution calls the People’s Justice Guarantee a solution to the “damage wrought by the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, and the punitive, expensive, violent, and racist systems of criminalization.”
The act, also known as 1994 Crime Bill, was created in response to a surge of violent crime in the 1980s. It created the “three-strikes” policy that requires a mandatory life sentence for felons who have committed three separate felony offenses. It also requires a mandatory minimum sentence for certain crimes, permits the death penalty for 60 offenses, requires mandatory life sentencing for serious drug crimes, and allows juveniles aged 13 or older to be charged as adults for certain severe crimes.
Dem Party presidential candidate Joe Biden spearheaded the legislation while he was head of the Senate Judicial Committee. It was signed into law by former President Bill Clinton.
The People’s Justice Guarantee demands an indeterminate appropriation for nationwide reparations, enough to guarantee “debt free college, homeownership assistance, guaranteed health care, and business financing support” for African Americans.
BET founder Robert Johnson proposes $14 trillion for reparations, about $350,000 over 30 years to each black descendant of a freed slave.
Pressley’s bill demands more taxpayer money. It would provide $1 trillion in funding for social housing expansion, rent payment assistance, local rent control, a $15 minimum wage, free public transportation, and a federal job position for “every person who wants one.”
Milwaukee County Supervisor Patti Logsdon expressed concern with the bill’s regulation of firearms. The bill would pass “a permanent ban on assault-type weapons,” institute a nationwide gun buyback program, and limit production and sales of firearms.
“We wanna be careful here that we don’t take away anybody’s rights,”Logsdon said to the County Board. “We do not want to take away any rights [that] citizens of the United States have existing.”
Freshman Supervisor Shawn Rolland had similar concerns about limiting freedoms. Rolland and Logsdon requested that the resolution be sent back to committee.
Board Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson asked board members to reject their motion.
“There is a growing consensus that past efforts supposedly aimed at reducing violent crime in this country were really about the continued repression and subjugation of black and brown people,” Nicholson wrote in a press release by the Center for Popular Democracy. “Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley’s bill, along with the one I released in my capacity as County Board Supervisor, shows that solutions for our communities require a strategy where elected leaders follow the expertise of those directly impacted.”
The motion to return the resolution back to committee failed, 8-10. It was instead tabled, 11-7, until the next board meeting.
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