February 25th, 2011
STATEMENT ON PROTESTS, THREATS, & PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATIONS
(UNKNOWN) Senator Lena C. Taylor (D-Milwaukee) issued the following statement denouncing threats and demeaning language directed at staff and legislators during the peaceful protests in the State Capitol.
“I have been so impressed with the peaceful manner in which Wisconsinites have protested this fake budget repair bill. Those in favor of the bill and those opposed are steadfastly firm in their conviction, but have remained civil.
As I have talked with my Republican and Democratic colleagues, I have heard of threats made against legislators and staff, some even extending to the staff’s family’s and pets. We cannot engage in productive democracy while we threaten each other’s safety. I denounce these threats and they must be stopped. Legislators and staff, even those that we disagree with, should never be the target of violence or intimidation.”