By MacIver News Service
MADISON — There was no discussion when the Dane County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to award a group that applauded Madison’s riots millions of dollars to administer the county’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) rental assistance program.
The $12.4 million contract to the radical, racist organization Urban Triage sailed through the approval process after first being introduced on June 25. There’s no indication from the board’s records that any other vendors were considered.
Urban Triage will get to keep $1.7 million of the award for administrative costs, which it hopes to minimize. It is currently trying to recruit volunteers to process the rental assistance applications.
The rental assistance funding for low income residents comes from the federal government through the ARPA Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA 2). The County Board of Supervisors approved it last last month.
It was just one year ago that Urban Triage was leading the charge to terrorize downtown Madison for the cause of racial justice. Now it is receiving a hefty infusion of U.S. taxpayer cash.
The political activist organization founder and CEO, Brandi Grayson, calls the USA the world’s first “white supremacy state.” She believes there’s no difference between capitalism and white supremacy.
Ultimately, Grayson says, “We have to dismantle any and all systems that are rooted in the military conquest that created what we know as America.”
Urban Triage teamed up with other radial activist organizations like Freedom Inc. and the Party for Socialism and Liberation to exploit the unstable social climate following the George Floyd incident. As mobs of young people vandalized, looted, and terrorized Madison, those groups defended them in the media. They were furious that the public was criticizing the looters and sympathizing with their victims.
“The spirit that you see right now exploding from our youth is the warrior spirit!” Grayson said at a press conference on June 1.
Urban Triage and the other groups met regularly online to plan how they would support, protect, and coordinate with the mobs tearing Madison apart. This included bringing them food and water, planning direct action events like blocking key roadways, and even how to prevent law enforcement from restoring order.
“Freedom, Inc. and Urban Triage and other organizations planned direct actions and protests during the day, and then people went out at night and were mad, and we called them righteous rebellions. We support them 100% and we align ourselves with that strategy towards freedom and liberation,” Bianca Gomez, Freedom, Inc.’s Gender Justice Coordinator, said in June 2020.
These efforts culminated with a fire bomb attack on the City County Building, the destruction of memorials outside the state Capitol, and the vicious beating of a state senator on June 23, 2020.
The rental aid program will provide assistance for up to 18 months to people who make up to 80% of the county’s median income. For a single person in Dane County, that’s $4,663 a month. Urban Triage is required to have everything up and running by September 15. The contract goes through December 2022.
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