We must unite a segregated community. Milwaukee County has chosen a person of color to lead it for the first time in its nearly 200-year history. But our black communities and communities of color are hurting. It’s not a new phenomenon, but COVID-19 has further exposed and exasperated the racial disparities and iniquities that continue to plague our state and county. County Executive Crowley is making it our mission to address these disparities head-on and eliminate the systemic racism that has plagued our system.
Uniting a Segregated Community
Every year, the Milwaukee metropolitan area is listed at or near the top of the list of most-segregated communities in the country. This is an annual gut punch and a reminder of how far we still need to go. As a community, we can no longer accept this continued maligning of an entire segment of our residents, neighbors, friends.
The County Executive will be setting out on a full-scale effort to remove our community from the list of most segregated communities by the time he leaves office. It isn’t just the right thing to do, it is the only way to heal our divided community and move the whole county forward. Milwaukee is rising: we have to make sure everyone rises together. Nobody will be left behind in County Executive Crowley’s administration.
Promoting Diversity Among County Contracts
A top priority of this administration is to make sure that an equitable portion of county contracts will go to Black-owned businesses. The people doing work on behalf of Milwaukee County should be representative of Milwaukee County.
The County Executive’s office will take part in aggressive outreach efforts to make sure that Black-owned businesses are notified when contracts become available so that all companies can start on equal footing when submitting a bid for county contracts. He will also push for an annual county audit of all county to ensure that county contracts are being awarded to black and minority owned businesses in an equitable fashion.
Wisconsin ranks at or near the bottom of the nation for racial disparities in:
- Infant Mortality
- School Discipline
- School Suspensions
- High School Graduations
- College Attendance / Graduation
- Economic Mobility
Nowhere are those disparities felt more than in Milwaukee County. County Executive Crowley is focused on erasing these inequalities and ensuring a brighter future for all of Milwaukee County, regardless of race or socioeconomic status.
Bringing Opportunity Into Communities of Color
The UW-Extension is one of the State’s great institutions that is severely underutilized in the Black community and across Milwaukee County. The County Executive will propose a new partnership between the County and the UW-Extension in Milwaukee County to bring the services of the Extension into targeted underserved communities across the entire County. This type of partnership could have tremendous benefits in bringing additional resources directly into the Black community.