Social Justice

Goyke Joint Finance
Republicans Toss Criminal Justice Reforms From State Budget

Republican lawmakers also reject Democratic attempt to reign in spending millions of taxpayer dollars on private lawyers.

Rep. David Bowen (D-Milwaukee) speaks Thursday about a 12-bill package of police reforms that go farther than bipartisan proposals currently being deliberated in the Legislature. (Photo by Christina Lieffring)
‘Enough is Enough’: Dems Introduce More Progressive Police Reform

The new bill package offers an alternative to mild reforms proposed by the bipartisan racial disparities task force.

Tony Evers meeting with LGBTQ youth
Pride Flag Hoisted Above Capitol Amid GOP Anti-Trans Effort

In flag-raising ceremony, Evers also signed executive orders to ban state money in “conversion therapy" and ensure inclusive language in state documents.

Angela Lang, executive director of Black Leaders Organizing for Communities, speaks in opposition to police reform proposals made by the Assembly Speaker's Task Force on Racial Disparities. (Photo by Jonathon Sadowski)
Wisconsin Advocates Urge Evers to Veto ‘Insulting’ Police Reform Bills

Groups advocating for communities of color oppose current bills, demanding Democrats reject them. “Your scraps, your crumbs, are insulting,” said one advocate.

Rainbow Pride Flag Will Fly Again Over Capitol Throughout June
Republican Anti-Trans Bills Are Political Theater Being Played Out at Kids’ Expense

Discrimination and stigma put transgender youths at greater risk of mental health issues. Bills targeting them only seek “to marginalize people,” Sen. Kelda Roys says.

A protester holds a Black Lives Matter flag Monday, Dec. 14, 2020 in Milwaukee. (Photo by Jonathon Sadowski)
Some Wisconsin Democrats Unwilling to Settle for Incremental, Bipartisan Police Reform

On the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder, one lawmaker says moderate change is “not appropriate for this moment in history.”

Katie Rosenberg press conference
Wausau’s Mayor Turns a County’s Bitter Racial Debate Into a Positive Local Expression

County board member tells opponents of inclusiveness resolution, “Things are changing, whether we acknowledge it or not.”