The mob derails democracy with chaos at the County Board

UPDATE: County Board to meet tonight (11-21-17) to reconsider fees, including the $28 wheel tax, and the tax levy but NOT the county jail. More here.

Monday’s regularly scheduled meeting was continually disrupted by the 75 to 80 people in attendance by shouting, chanting, clapping, standing in the gallery, and reading prepared statements and then after more chants, the next person would stand and read a prepared statement, etc. This went on for over an hour. … I don’t believe that anything that occurred at the meeting once the disruption started should be valid … — Ronn Ferrell

Derail the Jail

The forces of chaos and public disorder disrupted another democratic institution Monday night in Madison: our elected Dane County Board of Supervisors, under the banner of “Derail the Jail.” Yes, these nut cases want NO JAIL at all! (We’ve written extensively about them.) Who do they represent? Maybe the sociology department at UW-Madison and the John Nichols chapter of the Socialist Workers Party. No one else. Because even Madison alders voted for more police just last week. No, even the smaller and more humane jail proposed for Dane County — really, a mental health hospital with bars — is too much for the anarchists.

County board staff walk through the supervisors to count thumbs up or down instead of a proper roll call vote as protestors shout “This is what democracy looks like.” Video by protestor enabler Brenda Konkel.

We turn to Ronn Ferrell, County Board for this first person account: 

Last night the Dane County Board had it’s budget meeting.  We have already held all our public meetings where anyone can speak for 5 minutes. We do not allow any discussion from the public at this meeting. That is one of our rules.

About half way through the meeting, we discussed an amendment to REMOVE $76 million in borrowing from the capital budget that was to be used for remodeling and expanding and updating the jail, as well as close the Ferris Center and the 6th & 7th floors of the CCB for jail use.

After significant discussion (with some interruptions from the gallery) the attempt to remove the $76 million from the budget failed.

Then the fun began. Sheriff Mahoney was in attendance and was a witness to the entire meeting.

Further amendments to actually complete some or all of the jail project (the $76M is only phase 1 of 3) – (the amendments meant to finance phases 2 and 3) were moved.  The meeting was continually disrupted by the 75-80 people in attendance by shouting, chanting, clapping, standing in the gallery and reading prepared statements and then after more chants, the next person would stand and read a prepared statement, etc, etc.   This went on for over an hour.

At the beginning of the meeting, County Board Chair Sharon Corrigan reminded those in attendance that those very things were not going to be allowed and if they occurred, the violators would be asked to leave the room.  Our County Board rules do not allow it.

After a while, it became almost comical as the chair continually tried to remind the audience to be quiet or leave.  I say almost comical because we were trying to conduct public business and discuss and debate the 2018 county budget.  The chanting and shouting never stopped the rest of the meeting (at least an hour) and even thought the board took two “breaks” of about 10 minutes each, the chanting never stopped even during the breaks.

During the chanting, we would attempt to continue the meeting, but no one could hear discussion or debate.  It got so bad that the board resorted to taking roll call votes in a very apropos way — thumbs up or thumbs down (I know the Romans didn’t actually do that in the Colosseum, but it’s a good comparison for the optics). Many supervisors, including myself, wanted to discuss the “wheel tax” and other issues but were unable to do so in a reasonable manner.

I don’t believe that anything that occurred at the meeting once the disruption started should be valid and therefore I am requesting a legal way to stop the signing and implementation of the budget until a proper discussion and debate can occur. The budget is expected to be signed by Parisi this morning, I believe he has a press conference extolling the virtues of everything late this morning.

Before the meeting ended, I notified the chair that I intended to seek legal advice to stop this travesty of democracy until we could return and conduct our meeting in a civilized manner.

Channel 3000 News 3 reported a “surreal” county board meeting that “was hard to follow” because of the “absolute pandemonium.”

Remember these names

They organized the assault on a democratically elected, representative government body Monday, November 20, 2017. In most cases, their organizations are just a handful of people, with the notable exceptions of Madison Urban Ministries, Progressive Dane, and the perpetually aggrieved UW-Madison teaching assistants.

M Adams – Freedom Inc.
Nino Rodriguez – Families for Justice, Free The 350 Bail Fund
Linda Ketcham – Madison Urban Ministries
CV Vitolo-Haddad – Wisconsin Debate, UW Activist
Heidi Wegleitner – County Board Supervisor
Teddy Shibabaw – Socialist Alternative

The “Derail the Jail” coalition:
Affordable Housing Action Alliance
Dane County Trans Health Group
Families for Justice
Freedom Inc
Madison Industrial Workers of the World
Madison Urban Ministry
Operation Welcome Home
Our Wisconsin Revolution – Dane County
Progressive Dane
Racial Justice Tipping Point
Socialist Alternative
Student Coalition for Progress
Student Labor Action Coalition
The JVN Project
UW-Madison Teaching Assistants Association
Wisconsin Debate
Young Gifted and Black

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11 Responses to The mob derails democracy with chaos at the County Board

  1. Kevin Wymore says:



  2. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    Sounds like Madison/Dane County liberals are reaping what they’ve sowed for years by coddling self-styled “activists” whose real purpose is to close jails and prisons everywhere because of, you guessed it, institutional racism–that indispensable catch-all of an excuse for any kind of behavior, no matter how disruptive and puerile. The County Board would do well to adopt the same rules recently put into place on UW campuses by the Board of Regents. Keep tabs on the chronic disrupters and deny them access to Board meetings. A straightforward solution to the problem. Oh, wait–that’s not the kind of solution liberals could live with, lacking as it does the requisite nuance.


  3. AdamC says:

    Interesting to note from the photos and videos that almost all of the anti-democracy, pro-disorder anarchists are white hipsters. My guess is most or all of them do not live in the cesspool-like corners of Madison where bullets routinely end up flying through open air in daylight, or bullets that rip through floors, ceilings, lodged in walls next to baby cribs, etc.

    Actual research studies have shown that the people engaged in mayhem, rape, gun violence, murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, and breaking-and-entering are certainly NOT “community assets.” Rather that those communities most impacted by this disordered, violent, criminal behavior would more likely benefit from the people engaging in assaultive behavior being REMOVED and neutralized so they don’t further damage already fragile communities.

    More importantly, the time is long overdue for cities like Madison to quit making excuses for anyone who engages in violent mayhem, rape, attempted murder, and other violent forms of disorder and intimidation. For the greater good of people trying to simply live their lives in those communities, put them behind bars!

    No amount of lies and propaganda from white hipster poseurs will change any of these facts (or for that matter change ANYTHING). These people can put on their Kabuki sideshows all they want but the record shows they don’t contribute one iota to progress and certainly aren’t successful in changing anything or anyone with these behaviors.

    Even the more liberal of Madison/Dane County officials are getting “woke” to these facts. Meanwhile almost all concerned are able to go home to their safe, quiet neighborhoods while the bullets fly and violent mayhem continues where they don’t have to live.


  4. Batman Lives says:

    I find it hard to believe these screamers genuinely believe their strategy will truly influence council members to change their thinking. However, these screamers earn some serious street cred with friends and acquaintances by their obvious virtue signaling. Now they can be more popular at dinner parties and other social gatherings. This is another pathetic example of how far people have descended when it comes to making a case.

    Is what they did legal?
    If not; why didn’t someone call the police to have them removed.

    Good analysis AdamC.


  5. Dave, not B says:

    How can these fools think they have any moral superiority when they act like amoral trash? They are a blight on society. These rabid animals should be treated like every other rabid animal is treated.


  6. Chaswjd says:

    Is there some reason why the sheriff or police were not called to round them up and give them a taste of the existing jail?


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  8. William W. Richardson says:

    These “protestors” are all creatures of the Left. All created and supported by the Democrats and Progressives for years.( See the list above) They created them and are now reaping the results.


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