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Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

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Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

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1209 Dayflower Drive
Madison , WI 53719

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Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Harrington-McKinney’s Updates

A Community in Mourning for Anisa Maria Scott, Age 11

August 13, 2020 7:39 AM

Good Morning Madison

This is a post that so saddens me to share. Today at 11:11 a.m. Anisa Maria Scott, the 11-year-old who suffered a gunshot wound to the head during a shooting on Tuesday. Anisa was shot on August 11. Anisa was 11 years old.

This violence must stop. Black Lives must Matter to Black Lives. As a City we must re-evaluate what it means when many chant "Black Lives Matter". 

Brief History:

Black Lives Matter started out as a chapter-based, member-led organization whose mission was to build local power and to intervene when violence was inflicted on Black communities. In the years since, the commitment was to struggle together and to imagine and create a world free of anti-Blackness, where every Black person has the social, economic and political power to thrive. Every day, we recommit to healing ourselves and each other, and to co-creating alongside comrades, allies and family a culture where each person feels seen, heard and supported. We acknowledge, respect and celebrate differences and commonalities.  We work vigorously for freedom and justice for Black people and by extension, all people.....We embody and practice justice, liberation and peace in our engagements with one another. (taken from "What We Believe", blacklivesmatter.com).

Anisa was shot not by the racist actions of some police, but by the reckless act of shooting into a car she was a passenger in. I blieve in my heart that the person who delivered the bullet that shot Anisa had not intended to cause her death. That person will eventually be caught. But these actions of reckless and senseless shootings must stop. This violence must stop. We must demonstrate that Black Lives Matters to Black people.

As a community let us also begin to heal. We have become a divided community. In the recent press conference by the Mayor, Acting Police Chief Wahl a reporter asked the Mayor a very critical question about the impact of the divisions within our community. The Mayor responded that we all are in this together. It is a fact that we are all in this together. COVIC-19, the protests from peaceful protestors to those whose agenda was looting and distruction, the actions by the police as well as actions against the police; housing, employment and family insecurities all with the backdrop of the loomining budget deficiet that has and will adversely inpact the City budget. 

The question looms ahead of us: When we move into budget delibrations how will we reflect that "Black Lives Matter" and also ensuring that our enire community thrives?  

Unfortunately, some people will use this incident to further devide us as a community. For those of us who are both saddened and outraged by such a tragic loss - show compassion, humanity and care - please join me in prayer for the family and friends of Anisa Maria Scott, age 11, gone far to soon. No parent should have to bear such pain.

This is a departure from my informational posts. But this is the time as the Honorable Statesman John Robert Lewis said, if you see injustice happening say something.




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