November 17, 2016
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neighbors and being involved in our community is of the utmost
importance. Some community events that might be of interest to you and
your family are listed below.
South Milwaukee, WI 53172
Deck the Streets
Description: The Milwaukee Public Museum is transforming the Streets of Old Milwaukee into a holiday wonderland! Be among the first to stroll the bedecked Streets and enjoy a day full of holiday programs, musical performances and family activities at our kickoff event on Saturday, November 19. The event is free with general Museum admission. CLICK HERE for more information.
Milwaukee Public Museum
800 W Wells St
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Date: Sunday, November 27
Location: South Milwaukee
Description: The South Milwaukee Lions Club invites you to the Annual Old Fashioned Christmas Parade. Parade starts at 1 p.m. Food and donations will be collected for South Milwaukee Human Concerns during the parade and at the South Milwaukee City Hall. For more information, including the parade route and an the opportunity to visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, CLICK HERE.
Dear Wisconsin Neighbor,
The holiday season is near! I'm sure
many of you are looking forward to spending time with family and friends
over the next several weeks, especially after the strange history we
just experienced and are about to embark on.
|The Numbers Are In|
Across the country and in
Wisconsin, our friends, family, and neighbors are wondering what the
future holds after
It's no secret that our country is
deeply and angrily divided and that a majority of Americans feel
that we have dangerously slipped backwards. At this moment in history, we are
about to embark on a journey that will undoubtedly be counter to the
values and principles that we as Wisconsinites and Americans share.
Overall, voting turnout in
Wisconsin on November 8, was grossly less than anticipated with just
around 66% of the voting population actually making it to the polls.
That amounts to about 2.9 million people, a stark difference from the
higher turnout predicted by the Wisconsin Elections Commission. This number
is also the lowest in the past 20 years.
Wisconsinites' Access to the Polls
For months, my Democratic colleagues and I have implored the state to increase funds to reach out to voters who have limited access to Web-based information, as well as increasing aid to municipalities who know best how to distribute information to their neighbors. The inability and unwillingness of the state to reach out to Wisconsinites seems to have exacerbated voting issues and confusion, leading to some staying home rather than getting to the polls. According to the executive director of Milwaukee's Election Commission, some of the "greatest declines were in the districts we projected would have the most trouble with voter ID requirements."
The city of Milwaukee's election commissioner also alarmingly noted that they received an abundance of phone calls from students or individuals with roommates or spouses who had everything in one person's name, making it confusing and difficult to navigate the more restrictive voting registration process.
Further, the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin had 250 volunteers acting as poll observers. Some of them reported that voters were being turned away at the polls without having been offered a provisional ballot. These potential voters were wrongly denied this right to cast a ballot.
While voter suppression in Wisconsin cannot be deemed as the sole cause of a Democratic loss in Wisconsin, given the 27,000 vote difference President-elect Trump and Secretary Clinton, the significance of an estimated 300,000 registered voters who lacked the strict identification required to cast their ballot should certainly be seen as the toxic public policy that it is. Even the slightest of signs that our elections may be dangerously influenced by the barriers to voting imposed on our citizens is undemocratic and a matter that should be taken seriously.
|Standing Firm Against Hate|
Since last week's election, I have
already begun to hear from Wisconsinites who are concerned about our
future given the recent appointments President-elect Trump has made. One
notable appointment is that of Stephen Bannon who has a proven record of
bigotry, and intolerance. As Americans who care about the future of
our great nation, we must reject efforts to mainstream fear and
hate as Trump begin to cobble together his inner-circle.
We must stand tall for our values,
including standing firm against fear, hate, and bullying, which is
disproportionately directed at people of color, our LGBTQ friends and
neighbors, and religious minorities.
Over the past week, neighbors who are part of the Arab, Muslim, and other communities of color have been shocked with fear over what the future holds. This Joint Resolution is a small act to show our friends and neighbors within these communities that we stand firmly and proudly with them. As Wisconsinites we must reject the fear, hate, and intolerance some would like to wrongly promote.
|In Case You Missed It|
week, the Larson Report strives to provide up-to-date, in-depth
information to its readers. Between editions, a lot happens in Madison
and in our Wisconsin communities. I want to make sure you know the most
pressing issues facing our neighborhoods across the state. Below are
some of the top stories from the past couple of weeks:
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