Safe Communities and Racial Justice

Now more than ever people in our community want to see innovation in our approach to Public Safety. Seeing the outcries this summer about police brutality, demanding alternative public safety initiatives, I took your voices to the Council. 

I worked hard to research the CAHOOTS (Crisis Assistance Helping Out on the Streets) model from Eugene, Oregon and bring it to Madison by co-sponsoring a $250K budget amendment to support the crisis response team that pairs a community paramedic with a specially trained crisis worker to focus on behavioral health emergencies. The crisis response team budget was shifted directly from the Police Academy budget line. 

In addition to the above budget amendment, I supported the development of the new Civilian Oversight Board where as Vice President of Common Council I reviewed nominations to recommend them for appointment, and I advocated for hiring an Independent Police Monitor. 

I also worked to develop a new ordinance to oppose and completely ban chokehold measures by the police in the City of Madison, and it was unanimously approved by the Common Council. 

All of the above measures were inspired by the brave protests this summer as part of the Black Lives Matter movement. Amplifying the voices of protestors in policy-making has been a priority of mine since the George Floyd protests. I’m so grateful for the community who pushed us to make change and I will continue to advocate for these issues on the Council.