Empower Wisconsin | Sept 11, 2020
By M,D. Kittle
MADISON — If Wisconsin wants to heal from the destruction wrought by rioters, it should stop forcing its taxpayers to fund the groups that support disorder in the name of “social justice,” according to state Sen. Duey Stroebel.
The Saukville Republican issued a statement this week saying he will work to defund organizations like Madison-based Freedom Inc., whose leaders have lead disorderly protests in Madison and publicly endorsed the rioting, looting and violence that have ravaged Kenosha and Madison in particular.
“I ask everyone who has publicly claimed a desire for healing to join me in this effort to stop subsidizing extremist actions if those calls are genuine,” Stroebel, a member of the Legislature’s budget-writing Joint Finance Committee said.
He noted that Freedom Inc., a nonprofit “social welfare” group has received at least $3.6 million in taxpayer funding over the past five years, including $1.5 million since 2015 through a variety of state-administered programs. The funding includes nearly $900,000 in federal grants handed out by liberal Attorney General Josh Kaul. Gov. Tony Evers’ Department of Children and Families has given another $730,000 to Freedom Inc. since the beginning of 2019. Two of the grants are titled, “Love People Like Us” and “Free to Be Free From Gender-Based Violence.”
Freedom Inc., which ostensibly serves minority and LGBT communities, is led by left-wing extremist Monica Adams. She draws a six-figure salary thanks to taxpayers. As Black Lives Matter protesters and rioters and looters were smashing up Madison’s State Street in June following the death of George Floyd, Adams declared “Stop murdering black people, and your glass will be safe.” It was a troubling and insipid equivalency, begging the question: What does destroying a Madison business have to do with the police-involved death of a black man in Minneapolis? The only real connection is that both are crimes.
Freedom Inc. organizers said they “will not denounce any Black person’s display of grief/or rage. All actions against racist state violence are justified and we will not minimize these contributions to liberations.” The statement was drawn from the violent files of cop-killer Assata Shakur.
Such justifications have been endorsed by liberal government leaders like Madison’s dangerously woke Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway.
“If you are angry about property damage, be more angry about the unjustified deaths of black people,” she said at a news conference during the first round of rioting to sweep through Madison this summer. “Property can be repaired, but we can’t bring people back to life. If you are angry about looting, be more angry about the systemic disinvestment in black communities over decades and centuries.”
Stroebel said taxpayers should not be on the hook for “orchestrated disorder.”
“I know as elected officials it is our job to be good stewards of the taxpayers’ money, and these are scarce taxpayer resources we’re dealing with,” Stroebel told Empower Wisconsin Thursday on the Vicki McKenna Show. “And to think they’re being spent in this manner, it’s a travesty.