All voted against police body cameras.
New Madison Common Council president Keith Furman put the wood to moderate alders. He and council vice president Jael Currie — also a leftist — picked the five most radical left alders to serve with them on the agenda-setting Executive Committee.
They are: Patrick Heck (District #2), Juliana Bennett #8 (from the UW campus), Nikki Conklin #9 (who defeated Paul Skidmore), Yanette Figueroa Cole #10, Grant Foster #15. All seven voted against a pilot police body camera trial last month. They join Syed Abbas #12 who, by ordinance, must serve because he is the immediate past council president. Abbas voted in favor of body-worn cop cameras on the prevailing side of the 11 to 9 vote.
Furman “made it pretty obvious he was mad at the things I voted on,” Ald. Charles Myadze #18 said during Tuesday’s 05-10-22 Common Council meeting. “I should not have been interrogated on why I voted for body cameras. … I know I was not picked because of that reason.”
Myadze alleged violation of open meetings law. “We were all given e-mails that Progressive Dane was holding meetings and violating quorum. The people selected were all Progressive Dane, were collaborating on issues and violating the system, which is supposed to do things equitably.”
Myadze and Alder Sheri Carter objected to the interview process initiated by Furman and Currie. Alder Carter said: “Leadership has always appointed colleagues to the executive committee to bring together a diversity of thoughts to the committee. Citing the six past council presidents, including herself, she said they “tried to bring colleagues with diverse thoughts to the table. However, current leadership chose to use the job interview format to further their agenda.”
Carter objected to being asked, “What measures you have taken to further your knowledge of racial justice, equity and inclusion?”
“I view these as culturally incentive statements as person of color, an African-American, … as one of two first black women elected to the council in its 100-year plus history.”
Alders Barbara Harrington McKinney #1, Nasra Wehelie #7, and Myadze (all persons of color), and Gary Halverson #17 voted against the appointments; Syed Abbas #12 and Carter #14 abstained.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: They even talk Woke! In defending the appointments, Council Vice President Currie #16 put this on the record: “We have observed a need to shift. … Race affects everything and I can say that as a person who has multiple inter-sectionalities.”
Or did they make their bed
when they elected Furman council president?