MADISON, Wis. — Protesters in downtown Madison are demanding the Legislature take the state’s special session seriously after lawmakers took no action Monday.
The group Urban Triage has asked the city to “invest in Black children, Black leaders and Black communities.” Those who have gathered are urging leaders to reduce police funding and invest in resources like trauma services and housing.
Calls for change at the Capitol this evening after a 30-second special session with lawmakers taking no action, recessing until Thursday earlier today.
“Invest in Black children, Black leaders and Black communities.” pic.twitter.com/KKTVxwdj7v
— Madalyn O'Neill (@news3madalyn) August 31, 2020
Urban Triage leaders said that means at least $25 million to start in the state. They said that investment will decrease violence more than extra policing.
A group of about 300 people has marched throughout the downtown area Monday night, asking residents in neighborhoods to wake up and join the movement.
We’re a bit behind protesters now, who are going down Willy St. in the direction of the Capitol. We were just in a lakeside neighborhood on Rutledge Street, where a resident told us she was overjoyed the march came through her usually quiet neighborhood. She joined in. pic.twitter.com/JQ3phvqgTA
— Madalyn O'Neill (@news3madalyn) September 1, 2020
A resident in a lakeside neighborhood on Rutledge Street said she was overjoyed the march came through her neighborhood and has since joined.