Doing the ‘safe thing’ in Madison WI

About Tuesday night’s marathon Love Fest at the Madison Common Council meeting the Policy Werkes has little to report except that everyone felt good and tired after it was all over. And it was a good kind of tired.

The City of Madison struck a symbolic blow at Trump’s temporary travel restrictions on natives of seven troubled nations in the warring Middle East.

The Council put a hex on Trump’s order, currently being held up by an appellate court on the West Coast.

Members also designated their home room, Room 417 in the City County Building, as a “safe space” — and so are city libraries. What that means, to the extent that it means anything, is that info on immigrant rights and phone interpreter services can be gotten at those locations.

Nonetheless, council chambers were jam-packed with a United Nations array of folks. The resolution’s author, Ald. Shiva Bidar-Sielaff, was kept well supplied with crying tissue by sympathetic colleagues, and many nice speeches were made. Hugs may have occurred.

The white lab coats here at the Werkes (drive-thru lane now open) are agnostic about the need or efficacy of the Trump ban. Probably won’t do much but is hardly the next Kristallnacht, either.


About David Blaska

Madison WI
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