LiberateMKE
LiberateMKE
47% of the city budget goes to the police. When will it start going to us?
 

Liberate MKE

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LiberateMKE is a campaign that starts with having authentic conversations with residents to find out what a liberated Milwaukee looks like to them. We want to build meaningful relationships to bring about community change.

Over the last five years the police budget has grown by over $70 million and every other city department has seen little to no growth. We know that instead of police, we could invest in programs that address the root causes of poverty and violence, like jobs, public health and housing.

We have already begun surveying a variety of residents including students and elders at meetings and community events throughout the city asking where they would like to see monies allocated. Areas residents lifted up include youth employment and transportation, economic opportunity through job training and financial literacy, and non-police violence prevention projects such as violence interrupter programs.

 
 

Our Mission:

Invest.

Currently, the City of Milwaukee budget invests heavily in police: a whopping 46% of the budget currently goes toward the Milwaukee Police Department budget.

Our campaign seeks to divest $25 million from such a heavy police budget of over $300 million and invest money into programs that people in the community have indicated they want their money to go to. 

 
 
 

46% of the city budget goes to the police.

Photo Credit: Joe Brusky

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When will it start going to us? 

 

17.1

Million Dollars for Overtime

We believe that the police like the Fire department did a couple of years ago should be forced to reign in their overtime. The police department is also trying to add 15 new positions which are not in line where in city of Milwaukee wants money to be spent.

 

3.9

Million Dollars allotted to vehicles

This comes from the capital budget. Up until 2018 police vehicles and equipment were in the Department's budget. This change is adding additional taxpayer dollars into police spending without forcing the police to make tough fiscal choices like every other department in the city.

 
 

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million dollars for building renovations

The police building is slated to be remodeled while much of our community has been left to fall apart due to through chronic disinvestment.


Police can’t end homelessness. But increasing access to affordable housing can.

 
 

Our Ask

We are asking for $25 million divest from the Milwaukee Police Department. Currently the police are allotting $17.1 million in overtime compensation. We believe that the police should be forced to reign in their overtime.

The police department is also trying to add 15 new positions which is not in line where city of Milwaukee residents wants money to be spent. Just last year when the Common Council voted against adding an additional six police instead they opted to spend that money on public health nurses.

The police have $3.9 million allotted to vehicles for the next five years in the capitol budget. Up until 2018 police vehicles and equipment were in the department's budget. This change is adding additional taxpayer dollars into police spending without forcing the police to make tough fiscal choices like every other department in the city.

Lastly this year $7 million is budgeted for Police Administration building remodeling. The police building is slated to be remodeled while much of our community has been left to fall apart due to chronic disinvestment.

 
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Our Team

 

Liberate MKE is a campaign driven by the African-American Roundtable

The African-American Roundtable (AART) is a coalition led by and serving the African-American community in Milwaukee. AART exists to empower and organize our community to transform policies so we can thrive and live at our greatest potential.

We collaborate and support our partners and allies to show power, amplify each others’ voices, nurture leadership, promote racial equity and accessibility, and pass policies to radically change the lives of African-Americans in Milwaukee.

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Get Involved

The Africa American Roundtable’s focuses on improving the quality of life for Black people in the City of Milwaukee while engaging residents in local civics. Our campaigns will specifically increase civic participation and knowledge, continue the work of advancing and supporting violence prevention work, while developing Black leaders/leadership.

We are in an excellent position to build, engage and empower some of the most disengaged residents in our communities.

Milwaukee is at a critical point and must organize. Black leaders have stepped up to help lead and are committed to seeing it through. They now and will continue to need resources to build the infrastructure. With the right people and resources, the African American Roundtable will continue to be the catalyst where Black Milwaukeeans are supported and have the capacity to carry out and win local justice campaigns while increasing real civic engagement.

Contact: Markasa Tucker, Director of the African American Roundtable at markasa@wisconsinvoices.org or by phone at (414)-226-4289

 
 

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