Madison is awakening!
It is a beautiful day in Madison and not only for the season’s first meaningful snowfall. Hope is in the air along with big fat snowflakes. Hope for a responsible Madison Common Council. The promise of a new slate of alders to replace the current bunch who blame crime on the police.
You can see that hope in the form of a big, bold billboard located on the Beltline at Park Street. It reads:
Shootings up 78%
Tag Evers’ response: DEFUND THE POLICE
Tag Evers is one of nine Progressive Dane alders who, along with Progressive Dane Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway, pillories the police as racist slave catchers. Both did, in fact, seek the immediate release of Devonere A. Johnson, the guy with the bullhorn and baseball bat who extorted money from downtown merchants in the name of BLM. (Read and weep!) The man was convicted, but not until after full-scale riots took down beloved statues of a Civil War hero who fought slavery and that of the aspirational Miss Forward, injured a state legislator, and fire-bombed the City-County Building.
All 20 aldermanic seats are up for election on April 3. The first day to circulate nomination papers is December 1 — right around the corner. Papers aren’t due until January 5. (See sidebar at right.)
The billboard is the work of SaveMadison PAC (political action committee). It has a must-visit website at savemsn.org.
Blaska is NOT behind this effort but he sure does support it. It is one of many independent efforts to save this city we love. We’ll let SaveMadison’s website tell its own story:
Madison has always been a safe city and one of the nation’s highest ranked places to live. But due to the failed leadership of our mayor, city council, and county executive, we are facing massive surges in crime.
Those who keep breaking the laws are going unpunished. A state senator was attacked downtown, a young girl murdered on East Washington, and a former school board member killed by a fleeing felon.
It’s time to step up and Save Madison. This isn’t a matter of Democrats and Republicans. The issues facing our city are bipartisan, and so are we. Save Madison is building a coalition to demand accountability and support competent, common sense candidates for local office.
Letting shootings, home invasions, and car thefts go unpunished won’t lead to a better society. Failing to draw the line between peaceful First Amendment exercise and violent destruction hurts the causes of those who work everyday to make positive change.
Madison’s mayor and city council intentionally held back law enforcement while arsonists and looters destroyed our city. When a violent rioter extorted restaurants, they called for his early release. Local leaders should side with citizens, not criminals.
As for Ald. Tag Evers, the Vilas/Monroe Street alder recently held a public safety summit. Who does Evers invite as experts: lenient Juvenile Court Judge Everett Mitchell, Focused Interruption guy Anthony Cooper, Kaleem Caire, and Brandi Grayson of Urban Triage! Here’s Ald. Evers on his official, taxpayer-paid blog:
There is room for progress, and it starts with radical listening, as Brandi Grayson of Urban Triage so eloquently stated near the end of the summit. … Next steps include making sure the important work of non-profits like Urban Triage, One City Schools, and Focused Interruption Coalition are embraced within the revitalized violence prevention unit within Public Health.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: The support is there — financial and logistical help ready and waiting for good citizens to run for office. Don’t let the cop-haters win by default!