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Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

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Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

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Home Address:

1209 Dayflower Dr

Council Office

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

Gun Violence, City Budget

November 9, 2021 1:59 PM

Gun Violence Reduction Strategy - FOCUSED INTERVENTION COLLATION

Can This Work In Madison? Read the article from The Capital Times here.


Madison Police Department Budget.

In Minneapolis, the site of George Floyd's murder, voters rejected a ballot measure that would have replaced the city's police department with a Department of Public Safety. The ballot item emerged from anger over George Floyd's murder. The amendment's failure showed that even in a liberal city where skepticism of the police runs deep, many Americans are not prepared to get rid of the police.

How would the current elected officials of the Madison Common Council have voted?

Negative Headlines: Madison police officer shot on State Street, suffers non-life-threatening injuries. Shot by fellow MPD Officer.

The Police culture in Madison is not NEW?

We all understand that we have a broken criminal justice system. That there is a disproportionate number of black and brown individuals in the criminal justice system. We have heard the many complaints about the repeating juveniles and the revolving door of the juvenile justice system.  Of the $47.2 million dollars from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) a resolution authorizing  $1,450,000 of those funds to the Board of Public Health to be used for such purposes, which include implementing programs for violence prevention and emerging needs($1,200,000 for violence prevention initiatives that support the violence prevention road map; $150,000 for Community Alternative Response for Emergency Services (CARES) Support and Evaluation; $100,000 for PFAS Education, Outreach and Coordination. $360,000 in 2021, $1,090,000 for these initiatives in the 2022 Executive Operating Budget. While evidence supports  root cause analyses and violence prevention strategies none of these Violence Prevention Iniatives or Violence Interventions focus on those individuals at highest risk for gun violence.We must make a priority gun violence prevention and those at highest risk for involvement in gun violence. What models will work? Identify those mentors to engage in intensive mentoring with role models that will be effective in those spaces. Let's include the faith based community in problem solving solutions by including them in contracts and in the RFP process?  $800,000 will be released in a future RFP. $415,000 for in-house training with ZERO DOLLARS EARMARKED FOR THOSE AT HIGHEST RISK FOR GUN VIOLENCE.

I am sponsoring an amendment to address gun violence prevention,  engage faith communities as effective support systems for gun violence prevention, organizations with proven to be effective in those spaces. Please support dollars to be allocated to gun violence prevention? Gun Violence Reduction Strategy - IS A FOCUSED INTERUPTION OF GUN VIOLENCE.


Chief Barnes, has been in his position as Chief of Police since February 2021 and it has been one hell storm after another. He has inherited a police department where morale is low, and we are losing men of integrity who do wear the uniform with pride AND yes, alongside some who don't!

We can not dismiss the realities of the deep rooted racial disparities and systemic realities of racism and OTHERING that under represented communities face.  Nor can we dismiss those in our community expressing not feeling safe. We are all tasked with the responsibility to reimagine Madison around public safety:  Accountability, transparency, equity, inclusion  and rebuilding of public trust. I believe that those that name the police department as the sole cause of what is wrong in Madison, and believe that by stripping the police department budget redirecting monies to community organizations will result in community public safety and police reform alone are not operating in reality.  Can we live in a community where pubic safety and a thriving community is not valued by all? The reality is that some individuals do need a "time out", but when that becomes necessary it should be within a reformed system that retains human dignity. Try as we mite, the illusion that reducing the police budget is the ONLY is not. We want to believe that IF THERE WERE MORE JOBs that would be the solution to poverty and violence. For people without education/training/stable housing and  jobs that  "will  pay enough to live on" will remain at the bottom.

I support  Chief Barnes, Sheriff Barrett, DA Ozanne, Judge Mitchell, and black faith community leaders as they call attention to a sense of URGENCY. We have an opportunity to make transformational reform in   Madison and Dane County. We have for the first time in place those who can make substantive changes: Chief of police, Dane County Sheriff, District Attorney, School Superintendent-ALL WHO INHERITED THE SYSTEMS THEY LEAD. We cannot change the past, but we can demand accountability, transparency, rebuilding community trust and measurable outcomes. Please support their efforts to institute change. We have a long way to go. Abject racism. 

When there is a fight or disturbance at one of the high schools, school administrators call 911. When the City announced its Public Safety Plan for Reindahl Park, it included "increase police presence at the park...reduce drug trafficking in the parking lot. The City will be paying an estimated $75,000 per month (one million dollars in the course of a year). Outcome of an RFP issued on a Tuesday with a lead agency selected the following Monday?

There is a budget amendment to take $164,000 from the police budget to give the CARES pilot evaluation program, 4 months old, expansion money.  Fire Chief Davis reported: after 4 months it is too early to determine what, where and how expansion of the program will look and at what costs? Not consulted about the amendment to remove dollars from the police budget for the CARES pilot.


Series of burglaries on Madison's far west side.

Our home on the southwest side of Madison has been occupied by us for 52 years. We loved this neighborhood in that it was close to schools, shopping and doctors. What is now happening now is frightening.  What was once an enjoyable place has been turned into gunfire in Pilgrim Park at 2 a.m. and car-stealing youth sending a car down our hill unattended.  Our ages are 80 and 82 and we are afraid to go out at night.

Backing the Mayor on this project is not defunding the police but providing a safe place for ALL of us to live. Thank  you.

MADISON, Wis. -- Madison police are investigating a series of residential burglaries Thursday morning on the city's far west side. Madison Police Lieutenant Paul Bauman said most of the burglaries involved burglars opening unlocked cars. The burglars were able to use garage door openers in the cars to open garages and gain access to the houses. The victim of one burglary on the 1200 block of Twinleaf Lane told police he woke to find a masked burglar inside his house.


End Gun Violence in Madison: Gun Violence Reduction Strategy - will it work in Madison?

Focused Interruption Founder and CEO Anthony Cooper Sr hosted a community conversation with David Muhammed, Executive Director of the National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform on the Gun Violence Reduction Strategy, which reported a  reduction in gun violence by up to 60% in cities across the country since 1996. Will it work in Madison?

REVIEW THE COMMON COUNCIL PROCEEDING OF TUESDAY. As the elected officials, you elected to serve you, how are we doing?  CAN YOU LIVE WITH THIS??





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