Soglin Announces Candidacy for Wisconsin Governor
On January 12, Madison Mayor Paul Soglin announced his candidacy for Wisconsin governor, entering a crowded field of candidates seeking the party’s nomination to run against Scott Walker.
Soglin has been widely criticized by the left for his shortcomings on eradicating police brutality, alleviating poverty, and fighting for racial and criminal justice. Can we really expect the mayor of one of the most racially disparate cities in the country - a city where Black children are 13 times more likely to be in poverty than their white peers - to truly represent his constituents of color?
Matthew Braunginn, one of the founders of YGB, explained this perfectly to the Badger Herald: “As the single largest budget item, what’s really missing is the support of divestment and community investment policies. Even Chief [Mike] Koval has admitted more police don’t solve the underlying problems, only direct community investment and other anti-poverty measures will. So why keep investing in ideas that don’t work?”
Soglin has failed to divest from the police, invest heavily in alleviating poverty, or radically change our racist incarceration system. We don’t need governors like Soglin - we need leaders who can adequately address racial injustice and state violence and fight for the needs of people of color.
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