Shelia Stubbs

State Rep. Shelia Stubbs (D-Madison) will join Majority Leader Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna) as co-chair on the bipartisan task force that will focus on racial disparities, educational opportunities, public safety and police policies and standards.

“As a legislator, it is my duty to come to the table for my constituents, and my community,” Stubbs said in a press release. “The racial disparities in Wisconsin are among the worst in the nation, and it can no longer be tolerated. This is an opportunity to bring community voices to the table, and move closer to real change.”

The task force was created by Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) in the wake of the shooting of Jacob Blake by a Kenosha police officer. The mission of this task force is to “end racial disparities that exist at every age and in every aspect of a person’s life across the State of Wisconsin and work to close gaps that are present in far too many aspects of the lives of people of color by turning community voices into actionable legislation.”

“Racism is a public health crisis, plain and simple. Without comprehensive reforms, we will
continue to underserve Black communities, at the cost of Black Lives,” Stubbs said. “Movement towards solving this crisis is long overdue. We can no longer remain complicit as systemic racism continues to break our communities. As Co-Chair of this task force, I will elevate community voices, so that we can create an inclusive dialogue that leads to action. Our communities deserve positive results, not politics.”