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1604612_10101715950044418_2097370488_nThis week, the WI League along with other grassroots organizations sat anxiously waiting and listening while the Milwaukee County Board discussed and voted YES (12-6) to passing the Living Wage Ordinance. This ordinance sets a wage standard of $11.47 an hour for Milwaukee county  and contact workers. The best part is the wage will increase with the cost of living.

There are a number of stipulations involved with the bill that make sure small business owners and employees aren’t affected. No longer will public money in our county subsidize profits for private corporations who pay workers so little that they have to turn to taxpayer-funded assistance programs. Milwaukee County is paving the way to the economic high road and ending its role in a race to the bottom.

The fight isn’t over yet. We need to put the pressure on County Executive Chris Abele to sign the ordinance into law.  We need you to send emails, make phone calls and even set up meetings with the County Exec to tell him we want a living wage in Milwaukee county.

County Executive Chris Abele
Email: CountyExec@milwaukeecountywi.gov
Phone number: 414-231-9398

 

Presumed Guilty

presumed guilty Hello, my name is Richard  Leckie and I am a person  with a felony record living  in the  United States of  America. Those very  words can describe a few  things. It can define  policies that have disproportionately affected African American males for more than  a generation. It can illustrate the lingering effects of Jim Crow Laws on the Black  community as a whole.

 According to a recent article posted on MSNBC online, over 5 million individuals are  barred from voting due to criminal records. That’s three times the margin of victory  from the last house midterm elections. This becomes extremely significant when you look at the recent government shutdown. It shows just how important it is to elect officials who actually have their constituents best interest in mind.

The League of Young Voters has been working feverishly to address this issue. Felon disenfranchisement has hampered our efforts to engage some members of the community in the democratic process guaranteed in our U.S. Constitution. These laws hinder the growth and re-integration of citizens with criminal records.

Join the League of Young Voters’ fight to bring lawmakers and individuals with prior felony convictions to the table to fight together to repeal these laws.

Visit and like Facebook page for Ex-Felons who exercise their right to VOTE

3rd Strike…

It’s cold outside is an understatement. The temperature is 25 degrees but the wind chill makes it feel much cooler. From the distance you can hear the djembes bringing up the roaring crowd as they emphatically chant “15 and a union!”.

1471401_10101601350268288_2144777839_nThis is a phrase that has come to represent the sentiments of low wage workers across the country. A phrase that has united those same workers in the struggle for fair treatment, wages and the chance to experience the “American Dream”. A phrase that has galvanized workers since Milwaukee’s first strike in April thru the 3rd strike today.

In over 100 cities across the country. including several in Wisconsin, workers, community organizations and faith groups took to the streets to protest the discrepancy in earnings between front line workers and ceo’s. Even though corporations have continued to report record profits across the board there has been no change in front line employees’ pay. Keep in mind these workers, on a daily basis, assist these multinational companies in raking in these record profits. Read more…

Dinner with a Conviction

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One in eight black men are incarcerated, vs. one in eighty white men. Let me repeat that statistic: a black man is ten times more likely to end up in jail than a white man.

On Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, the WI League officially kicked off its 10 year Re-enfranchisement program called “Dinner with a Conviction”. Participants enjoyed a delicious dinner prepared by HeartLove Place Culinary Arts program while panelists Attorney James Robinson, Rep Evan Goyke, Project Return’s executive Director Wendel Hruska, ACLU Milwaukee’s executive director Chris Ahmutty and Clean Slate president Shanyiell McCloud gave valuable and much needed information on the effects of having large amounts of people in our community disenfranchised . Khalil Coleman, local community activist and organizer, hosted the event.

We have all seen the end result: vanishing black men from our cities and neighborhoods, and a prison justice system that disproportionately affects our community. If we want to do good by our people, there are few better places to start than by looking at the “inputs” and “outputs” of our prison justice system. Prisons are succeeding in deciding who has power. They are setting the political landscape such that those directly affected by incarceration cannot change the laws that create the unjust situation. How can we work proactively to model good behavior that keeps our communities safe and young men on track, while simultaneously addressing the well-documented discrimination in our legal code that targets our young men for prison?

Join the Wisconsin League’s campaign at www.youngvoter.org/wi/conviction