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Jonathan Brostoff: We cannot permit Republican efforts that undermine Wisconsin’s elections

A mismanaged, hyper-partisan “election review.” Multiple, ridiculous calls for resignations. A sitting U.S. Senator suggesting legislative Republicans take over election administration from nonpartisan officials. Threats of legal action and jail time for election officials and mayors. Once upon a time, states were viewed as the “laboratories of democracy.” But today, in the long wake of the 2020 presidential election, Republicans are trying to turn Wisconsin into a laboratory of autocracy. First things first: it is crucial that we acknowledge, often and loudly, that President Joe Biden won the 2020 election fair and square. He won the Electoral College vote...

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Jonathan Brostoff: A peaceful community means our neighbors are not seen as enemy combatants

State Representative Jonathan Brostoff (D-Milwaukee) released the following statement in response to the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, and the nationwide uprisings for justice that have sprung up in the days since. “George Floyd should be alive today. Full stop. His unwarranted and inhumane killing at the hands of a Minneapolis Police officer, while three other officers stood by and did nothing, continues a horrifying and unjust pattern of police violence against Black people in the United States. But his death lit a spark that has inspired millions to rise up, and demand an end...

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Under the threat of death: The April 7 election was a tragic day for Wisconsin

April 7th, 2020 marked a tragic day for Wisconsin. In an affront to expert opinions, the medical establishment, and the health of hard-working Wisconsinites, Wisconsin Republicans, led by Robin Vos and Scott Fitzgerald, fought tooth and nail to hold an in person election during a global pandemic. This is the logical extension and newest low in their racist war for voter suppression. On the morning of Election Day, while COVID-19 infection rates continued to soar across our state and country, we were confronted by the image of Robin Vos telling us it was “incredibly safe to go out” while...

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Jonathan Brostoff: On COVID-19 and Wisconsin’s future “After the Storm”

There’s no way around it. COVID-19 is one of the single worst disasters our state, country, or world have ever faced. But at the same time, it gives us an important window into how we can improve our systems moving forward. Undoubtedly, the coming weeks will present challenges – some known, some unforeseen – and it will also give us a chance as a community to come together, step up to the challenge, and seize the unique opportunities to make our lives and our future better. We may be in for a long haul, but we will undoubtedly make...

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How lacking gun access helps avoid becoming a statistic when faced with the darkness of suicide

Let’s talk honestly about suicide, more than 50% are committed with guns. As a teen I could have been one of those statistics. Earlier this year, I was informed I would be named to the Task Force on Suicide Prevention. Legislators often are assigned to task forces based on their interest. This was the case for me back in my first term as a legislator, when I served on the Task Force on Alzheimer’s and Dementia. But suicide prevention? This assignment meant much more to me on a very personal level. Many people know I am an extremely passionate...

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Jonathan Brostoff: We’re all in this together

Fore·shad·ow: verb, be a warning or indication of (a future event). Early in the evening of August 30, I was talking with different community leaders about how preventative versus punitive measures are needed right now more than ever around Sherman Park. Later that night during my efforts to de-escalate the situation around the Sherman Park neighborhood, I was thrown to the ground and arrested by the Milwaukee Police Department. For weeks now, I’ve been working with a number of neighborhood leaders, community members, elected officials, and faith leaders in an effort to de-escalate and redirect the energy there in...

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