Dear YGB Community,
Today in a memo to the common council, Chief Koval wrote that he is opposed to taking orders. This is because he knows he can be held accountable to orders but not recommendations.
Please send one more email - please write your alder tonight and ask them to issue the orders, as is, not recommendations, and here is why:
One of the complaints surrounding the creation of task forces and committees on problematic policing is the lack of enforcement of the recommendations yielded by these well-intentioned groups which is why Chief Koval said in today’s memo he’ll agree to recommendations but not orders. Chief Koval knows, we can’t hold him accountable to recommendations but we can maybe hold him accountable to lawful orders. There are municipalities in this state that require council approval of police policy. It’s normal. The orders are common sense changes, endorsed by law enforcement elsewhere.
Please, write your council member TODAY and ask them to issue orders not recommendations and share this with others.
In addition, we would like to alert you to these upcoming May events. Please show up and show out!
NEXT STEP: Email and Show Up to Support Safe Police Policies
Tuesday, May 16, 4:30pm and 6:30pm - City-County Building (210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd) Room 201
This Tuesday, two vital meetings on police conduct will be held at the City-County Building downtown. These meetings will discuss proposed common sense changes that will force the Madison Police Department to reduce their use of force, make it safer for emotionally disturbed people, and other recommendations that lead us in the right direction. Please show up to voice support for these, and then advocate that we go even further and implement Community Control Over the Police. In addition to attending the meetings, it is also vital that we email our alders to persuade them to vote for these changes. The emails of our alders and a sample letter can be found here.
No War in Syria!
Friday, May 19, 6:30pm - Jesse White Community Center (412 W Chicago Av in Chicago) Room 132
As the U.S. continues to arm terrorist groups in Syria, bomb innocent people in Yemen, and give billions of taxpayer dollars to Saudi Arabia, it’s clear that our military intentions are steeped in more than just humanitarianism. Western oil companies, big banks, and arms manufacturers are some of the real driving forces for war. Attend this important discussion in Chicago to talk about these issues and learn how to build an effective movement to demand money for human needs, not more war. More info here.
No U.S. Wars In Syria and Yemen
Saturday, May 20, 2pm - 953 Jennifer St
In Syria, the U.S. is escalating with nuclear-armed countries, supporting rebels that align with ISIS and Al Qaeda, and paving the way for another disastrous regime change like the one in Iraq. In Yemen, our drone strikes have killed hundreds of innocent civilians. This Saturday, an event hosted by the World Workers Party of Wisconsin will feature an expert panel that will discuss these conflicts and advocate against more war. More info here.
Community Meeting at First Unitarian Methodist
Tuesday, May 23, 8:30am - First Unitarian Methodist (203 Wisconsin Av)
Make Room For Youth (MRFY) was founded in 2010 to develop and maintain housing for unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness in Dane County. This community meeting will fill us in on MRFY’s latest activities, share data on homelessness in Madison, and brainstorm about where we can go from here. More info here.
Show up and show out to these events!
The Young Gifted and Black Coalition