More Woke palaver at Madison Common Council!
Tuesday night’s high winds knocked out the power at Stately Blaska Manor in the midst of on-line public testimony on next year’s City of Madison budget. Either that or the stupidity on display overloaded our knob-and-tube electrical system.
We caught up with the rest of the public hearing this morning 11-11-20 via the city website — 5 ½ hours of it. Or, at least, until it was Segway Jeremy’s turn to bash police. (We could stands no more, as Popeye the Sailorman would say.) Up to that point, 20 good and true Madisonians urged the City to restore the police budget — a darned good showing! We counted 30 of the usual suspects who blame the police for crime.
At issue: 4 more police (amendment #10) and making the police pay for city staff who don’t volunteer to take unpaid furloughs (amendment #11). (A recap of the police budget here.) Cop-haters dominant argument was that, yeah, crime is up. That only proves policing doesn’t work. That’s like abolishing the fire department because of Mrs. O’Leary’s cow.
⇒ Public testimony concluded, the Common Council meets again today 11-11-20 at 5:30 p.m. to debate the 2021 budget. Tell the firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Or just your own alder at district (insert #) @cityofmadison.com.
The Werkes selected three testimonies as representative samples of Tuesday’s hearing. First is retired UW-Madison academic Barbara Meyer. She powerfully recounted her and her husband’s horrific mid-day attack in their home. You may recall it: it was the one where three golfers at Odana Hills came to their rescue nine years ago. An excerpt from her larger statement. It is 3:19 minutes.
Police defunders are ‘absolute lunatics’
My husband had been brutalized, I was told I was going to be raped … I was terrified.
That culprit is caged; I hope he stays that way … he was [wearing] an ankle bracelet. He was supposed to be looking for a job, he came to my home instead. He never asked for anything; it was violence he wanted to perpetrate. It was terrifying but Madison’s PD department saw me through it.
It is absolutely ridiculous at a time when crime is increasing in Madison that we are talking about decreasing the police department. The people who take about defunding the police department are absolute lunatics.
Next we showcase Alex Ledezma, who says that city hall has been flooded with 2,000 missives demanding defunding police. He is 3:42 minutes.
Cutting funding for the police department will lead to devastating consequences in our communities, such as the one I grew up in as a person of color in one of Madison’s most under-privileged neighborhoods.
Guess who was there in the front lines to help. No, it was most certainly not the young people in the streets … it was the brave men and women of the police who risked their lives to help the victims of battery, home burglaries and help those who overdosed on a filthy street corner. …
Defunding the police means … less community problem-solving services … If you compromise public safety to telegraph a symbolic message to your voting base. … all the while crime sky rockets in the city … You embolden criminals.
Can we feel our legs?
And finally, we peek at the world of pink unicorns and police as the bad guys, courtesy of one Lizzie Bruno, who admitted to White. We marvel at the young lady’s graduate-level grievance studies jargon! She is 2:04 minutes.
The dominate culture has created this mythology of safety for white bodies … through a strategy of racism and hierarchy. This internalization of racialized hierarchy … lives in our bodies.
How is your body responding as you hear this testimony?… Can you feel your legs? …
This inheritance of white body supremacy has to be faced and processed … mostly we need white persons in power to listen to commit to reparations … to stop believing they have all the answers … Defund the police! Reparations for black and indigenous communities!
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Go Packers!