No more Madison insurrections!
There’s an argument to be made for continuing to Zoom (verb transitive) government meetings. Keeps Freedom Inc. and its BLM allies from shutting down democracy, which is legal in Madison WI but not in Washington D.C., apparently.
The Woke mob shut down the County Board on June 2019 trying to prevent Dane County from building a more humane jail. And smaller! With treatment for mental illness! Not good enough! The Defund the Police cadres want to empty every jail, fire every cop, and hand out ice cream and lollipops to every gang banger — on our dime. (They also shut down the November 2018 school board annual budget meeting.)
Former Madison mayor Dave Cieslewicz notes that during last summer’s unrest, hard-left activists actually called on the sheriff to release all prisoners, including accused murderers, rapists and other violent criminals.
“In the view of the hard-left all of them were political prisoners.”
Dave’s not exaggerating. Thursday (06-10-21) a Defund the Department of Corrections rally entertained downtown Madison. They’ve already succeeded in expelling police from our public schools, with aid and comfort from The Capital Times. That’s a form of Defund the Police. No tragedies so far because schools are pretty much closed for Covid.
Social justice warriors chant “Build people, not jails!” People can’t help each other build themselves, apparently. Only Gummint can do that. Um, how many children were shot to death in our big cities the past week? Ya think those victims might have unmet needs?
Robert L. Woodson Sr. on “The deadly results of defunding the police”:
The number of unarmed blacks killed by police represents a fraction of those who are killed each day in our neighborhoods. Many of these victims are children. In 2020 nearly four children and teens were shot and killed each day in America on average. Yet the national press habitually ignores any victim who isn’t killed by the police. … Homicide rates in large cities are up 24% since January. [Eleven-year-old Anisa Scott, anyone? ]
Now we learn the City of Madison must sign off on technical zoning and design issues. Cieslewicz warns:
Alders are going to feel the pressure to deny the permits based — not on their legal authority to do so over technical questions — but on the ideology of imprisonment.
The city’s Urban Design Commission will consider the jail on June 30. Meetings are expected to remain virtual but at some point, as this issue wends its way to the Common Council, meetings may go in person.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Should there be another progressive insurrection, Blaska Policy Werkes advises giving the participants an up-close and personal tour of the old jail; 48 hours should do nicely. Build Jails, Save People!