Defunding MPD, a primer

Protest outside the Bucks’ “badge night” on Feb 28, 2020.

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[edit: this article originally stated that the October 4 public hearing would be at common council chambers. The common council has decided to do the meeting virtually, due to the ongoing pandemic numbers.]

Defunding and abolishing police have become a national conversation since the burning of the 3rd precinct in Minneapolis, but abolitionists and organizers in Milwaukee were fighting to defund police for years prior to that, and with some success. This year we need everyone involved to keep up the fight! 

Why we need to defund MPD

Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) has consistently proven itself to be violent, racist, and ineffective. Each year, Milwaukee residents spend nearly $300 million dollars on policing, which represents approximately 45% of the city budget. Elected officials have divested in our communities to expand police funding. It seems they are resigned to surveillance and incarceration as the primary means for addressing social problems.

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Ep. 19- Defunding MPD, a primer

This is an audio version of “Defunding MPD, a primer” published at ABOLISHmke.com on September 26, 2021.

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Ep. 18 – What Is Black August? (AART Special)

This is a special edition of the ABOLISHmke podcast.
Rather than an audio version of an article we want to boost a powerful conversation that occurred recently in Milwaukee’s abolitionist community. On Thursday August 19, the African American Round Table hosted a facebook live conversation between Devin Anderson and Hiram Rivera called “What is Black August?” We’re sharing the unedited audio of that conversation so that more people can hear it.
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Stop exploitation in the jail and HOC

Earnell Lucas, loving the money he gets from exploiting people held at the HOC.

Sheriff Earnell Lucas and his toady Ted Chisholm have been teaming up with private companies to exploit Milwaukee families for years. We can make them stop! At the county jail and house of corruption (HOC) people who want to talk to their families or eat halfway decent food need to use services provided at exploitative rates by private companies, who kick some of their profits back to Lucas and Chisholm at the county sheriff’s office (MCSO). 

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Ep. 19 – Stop Exploitation in the jail and HOC

This is an audio version of “Stop exploitation in the jail and HOC” published at ABOLISHmke.com on September 20, 2021.

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Big Ol’ Banner, a How To

WISCONSIN PRISONS ARE A CRISIS’ banner over I-43 during evening rush hour in Milwaukee.

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As a part of the Shut ‘Em Down 2021 mobilization, some ABOLISHmke collaborators put together an art build to make a banner big enough to blow some minds. 

It’s easy to read and the message is clear: there is no fixing the humanitarian crisis that is wisconsin prisons unless we abolish wisconsin prisons, because they are a crisis, they are not in crisis.

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Ep17- Big Ol’ Banner, a How To

This is an audio version of “Big Ol’ Banner, a How To” published at ABOLISHmke.com on September 10, 2021.

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September parole commission notes  

Commission chair Tate joining the meeting on zoom from his home balcony.

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This is part of an ongoing series where we attend the monthly staff meeting of the parole commission and make notes available to the public and to captives held under the old law (sentenced before 2000). 

September’s meeting was on Wednesday the 1st. It was attended by commission chair, John Tate II, all three commissioners, and two records associates. The public portion was about 20 minutes long, and there was a “no action” case they discussed in closed session afterward. 

Gradual change

Tate started the meeting similarly to the last few meetings, bringing up a few tweaks that suggest he is making gradual changes to the parole commission process. First, he indicated that parole commissioners should use third person rather than first person language when describing their choices. So, rather than saying for example, “I recommend a two month defer” they should say “the commissioner recommends a two month defer.” Tate said this “better indicates that these are the agency’s choices, not individuals.”

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Abolition action at the Milwaukee county board

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Ryan Clancy, Milwaukee’s openly abolitionist county board member, has been busy. First, he’s introducing two resolutions that, if passed, will significantly reduce the harm of incarceration in the county jail and HOC. Second, he’s getting county board members to read and discuss Mariame Kaba with the public.

The first of Clancy’s resolutions will give 75 minutes of free phone time and 75 minutes of free video visitation time available to everyone held in either facility. The second will cap commissary prices, requiring that people held in these facilities be charged either the manufacturer’s suggested retail price, or only 125% of the typical price at a chain store in Milwaukee County.

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