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Wisconsin National Guard sent to support Capitol police against planned insurrection in Madison

Governor Tony Evers authorized the Wisconsin National Guard to support Wisconsin’s Capitol Police on January 11. Members of the Wisconsin National Guard will mobilize to state active duty to support safety and security efforts at the State Capitol in Madison. The troops are part of the Wisconsin National Guard Reaction Force, which consists of troops trained to respond to requests for assistance on short notice. The Wisconsin National Guard will serve in a support role to local authorities and conduct a site security mission. “Once again, our state has asked our Citizen Soldiers in the Wisconsin National Guard to...

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Wisconsin civil rights organizations jointly condemn Trump’s act of domestic terrorism at the U.S. Capitol

Voces de la Frontera, The Wisconsin African American Roundtable, the Milwaukee NAACP, Justice Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Muslim Civic Alliance, and the Milwaukee Hmong American Women’s Association issue the following statement in response to Trump’s act of domestic terrorism at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021: “We condemn Trump and his Republican enablers for instigating an act of domestic terrorism by white nationalists at the nation’s Capitol in an effort to disrupt and intimidate US Congressional representatives from affirming the rightful election of President Elect Joe Biden and Vice President Elect Kamala Harris. We call for Trump’s immediate removal...

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A risk of inciting violence: Twitter silences Trump with a permanent suspension

By Philip Mai, Co-director and Senior Researcher, Ryerson Social Media Lab, Ryerson University In the wake of the assault on the U.S. Capitol by Donald Trump’s supporters, Twitter has permanently suspended the president’s account “due to the risk of further incitement of violence.” This follows a growing number of influential voices calling on social media platforms to stop enabling Trump’s inflammatory postings. Prior to Twitter’s permanent ban, Twitter and Facebook had locked Trump’s account on their respective platforms. Both companies took this unprecedented step after the president used the platforms to spread misinformation about election fraud and openly condoned...

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Elected officials from Madison to Milwaukee react to failed rebellion by Republican extremists

Violent pro-Trump extremists stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, breaching the center of American government for the first time in 200 years since the it was attacked by the British during the War of 1812. Citizens of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and the Nation reacted in horror to photos and videos of White Supremacist supporters of Trump, as they disobeyed the rule of law and tried to overturn the 2020 election with acts of brutality. The following statements were issued by local and state officials on January 6, in reaction to the failed coup in Washington DC and attempt to...

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Pharmacist with Aurora Health in Grafton arrested for deliberately destroying coronavirus vaccines

Authorities arrested a Grafton pharmacist on New Years Eve suspected of deliberately ruining hundreds of doses of coronavirus vaccine by removing them from refrigeration for two nights. The arrest marked another setback in what has been a slower, messier start to vaccinate Americans than public health officials had expected. Leaders in Wisconsin and other states have been begging the Trump administration for more doses as health care workers and senior citizens line up for the lifesaving vaccine. Police in Grafton said the Advocate Aurora Health pharmacist was arrested on suspicion of reckless endangerment, adulterating a prescription drug and criminal...

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Blue Ribbon Commission issues recommendations to ensure prosperity for Wisconsin’s rural communities

Governor Tony Evers announced the release of the “Rural Voices for Prosperity: A Report of the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Rural Prosperity” on December 15, which calls for coordinated measures across state government to meet the needs of Wisconsin’s rural communities. The Rural Voices for Prosperity report featured 10 overarching recommendations that, taken together, would commit state government to a comprehensive approach to rural prosperity, create new partnerships with rural and tribal communities in the designing and delivering state services, and invest more thoughtfully to address rural Wisconsin’s critical challenges and most promising opportunities. “I want to thank...

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