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Bowen Asks to Join Prison Planning Task Force PDF Print E-mail
Written by GBP Staff   
Thursday, 16 November 2017 15:54

prison-man-behind-barsWisconsin incarcerates its Black, male citizens at a rate of 12.8%. Lawmaker says panel should include at least one member of the Black community to ensure group has legislators and experts who truly represent those most affected.

MADISON - On Wednesday, Rep. David Bowen of Milwaukee sent a letter to Governor Walker requesting an appointment to the prison planning task force created in the 2017-18 budget. The Governor made a partial veto to this part of the budget allowing him to make unlimited appointments to the task force.

david-bowenEarlier that same day, it had been reported that Assembly Speaker Robin Vos neglected to include a Democrat, or any member of color, with his three appointments. Wisconsin incarcerates its Black, male citizens at a rate of 12.8%, the highest of any state and nearly double the national average. For this reason, the Representative felt it unacceptable for the State Assembly’s delegation to this task force not to have representation from the Black community.

Rep. Bowen feels the premeditated, partisan decision by Speaker Vos to leave Black voices out of this process will deny the State a dynamic panel of legislators and experts that truly represents those who are most affected. He wants the Governor to appoint him, or any other qualified person from among advocacy groups or their leaders, to the task force and thus ensure an honest conversation about evidence-based, best practices to improve the state’s correctional system.

State Made in America Act Receives Public Hearing PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Jay Wadd   
Thursday, 16 November 2017 12:10

constructionBill would require materials used in public works projects to be made in the United States.

Foxconn Reports 39% Drop in Earnings PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats   
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 15:27

walker-terry-gou-foxconnSenator says earnings report helps explain Gov. Walker’s rush to get the Foxconn contract signed before the announcement of bad news.

MADISON - Reuters news service is reporting that Taiwan's Foxconn, the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer and a major Apple supplier, posted a 39 percent drop in third-quarter earnings.

Foxconn attributed the drop in earnings to delays with the introduction of Apple’s iPhone X.

Foxconn, formally known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, said third-quarter earnings came in at T$21.03 billion ($698 million USD), compared with T$34.64 billion ($1.12 Billion) a year earlier, while revenue for the quarter was flat.

janis-ringhandAs a result of this report, Reuters noted that Foxconn stock slid down 3% on Wednesday.

“The earnings report certainly helps explain Governor Walker’s rush to get the Foxconn contract signed before the announcement of bad news. Foxconn knew when their earnings numbers were going public," said Senator Janis Ringhand (D - Evansville). "The Governor negotiated this deal in secret, put us on the hook for $3 billion, and needs to take responsibility to make sure that Wisconsin taxpayers don’t get the short end of this deal.”

Indigenous Peoples Day in Wisconsin Pushed at the Capitol PDF Print E-mail
Written by Assembly Democrats   
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 16:50

dakota-access-pipelineIndian Community School, Indigenous Leaders go to Madison on Tuesday, November 14th to support a bill that would replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day in the state of Wisconsin.

MADISON– On Tuesday, November 14th the Indian Community School and Indigenous community leaders and advocates will travel to the Capitol to join legislators to support a bill introduced by Representative David Bowen (Milwaukee-D) that would replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day in the state of Wisconsin. Last year, the Indian Community School’s 4th graders successfully pushed to have the day recognized in Milwaukee County through a resolution.

The Indian Community School, Representatives, and Senators will be joined by Mark Denning of the Menominee and Oneida Nations as well as Ronnie Preston of the Apache Nation. The press conference will be followed by a legislators briefing and a rally including speakers and various performances in support of this bill and in celebration of Native American History Month.

david-bowen“It is important to learn about and understand even the most shameful aspects of our history, but that doesn’t mean we should celebrate them and negate the truth. As freedom-loving Americans, it is ironic that we would celebrate an individual whose legacy is built on the destruction of freedom for so many who already lived in the “New World” upon the arrival of Columbus,” said Bowen. “Instead of celebrating Columbus, who is more accurately credited with initiating the trans-Atlantic slave trade than with discovering America, this bill observes the importance of Indigenous Peoples to our society. Our children especially deserve a state that recognizes the truth so our schools can teach the same.”

Who: Indian Community School, Indigenous leaders and advocates, State Representative David Bowen, Senator Lena Taylor, along with other legislators

What: Indigenous Peoples Day Press Conference

When: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 @ 10 a.m.

Where: Wisconsin State Capitol, 225 Northwest

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