Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Milwaukee County Board and City of Milwaukee Also Consider Boycott of Arizona

Milwaukee County    
Not to be outdone by Milwaukee Public Schools, last week the Finance and Audit Committee of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors passed Resolution #10- 238.  It’s summary says: 

“A resolution by Supervisors West, Broderick, Coggs and Dimitrijevic, directing the Milwaukee County Department of Administrative Services to the extent practicable and not in conflict with the law to boycott travel to and doing business with the State of Arizona, and companies headquartered therein, until Arizona rescinds SB1070 or the law is otherwise ruled to be unenforceable.”

The “Be It Resolved” Section of the legislation states:
            BE IT RESOLVED, that until Arizona rescinds SB 1070 or the law is otherwise ruled to be unenforceable, the Milwaukee County Boar of Supervisors directs the administration to the extent practicable and not in conflict with the law to: 1) refrain from entering into any new or amended contracts to purchase goods or services from any company that is headquartered in Arizona; 2) prohibit travel by Milwaukee County employees to conferences or meetings being held in Arizona; and 3) to review existing contracts for the purchase of goods and services with companies headquartered in Arizona and to discontinue those contracts consistent with the terms of those contracts and utilizing principles of fiscal responsibility; and
            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors urges Milwaukee County’s U.S. Senators and Congress members to advance and support comprehensive federal immigration reform legislation that respects the due process protections of all individuals in the United States and provides a path so people have the opportunity to become citizens.”

Today it was announced the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors will vote on this resolution at their meeting Thursday, June 24th at 9:30am in Room 200 of the Milwaukee County Courthouse.  Those wishing to contact their supervisors may do so at (414) 278-4222.  You may also follow this link to contact your Supervisor directly:  http://www.county.milwaukee.gov/FindSupervisor

City of Milwaukee    
City of Milwaukee Aldermen have also passed (File #100068) in committee language that would bring about a boycott of Arizona.  Their “Be it Resolved” Section states:

“Resolved, By the Common Council of the City of Milwaukee, that the Congress of the United States is strongly urged to swiftly enact comprehensive immigration and naturalization reform that preserves the civil and human rights of all persons, and that promotes domestic commerce; and, be it
 
Further Resolved, That the Common Council of the City of Milwaukee opposes practices by state and local jurisdiction that risk racial and ethnic profiling in efforts to address immigration and naturalization; and, be it
 
Further Resolved, That the Common Council shall not participate in or authorize its representatives and employees of the City to participate in any conferences or meetings in the State of Arizona so long as Arizona’s restrictive regulation of national immigration is enforced; and, be it
 
Further Resolved, That the Common Council shall not authorize any new City investments in financial institutions with companies based in or having a major presence in the State of Arizona until Arizona’s S.B. 1070 is repealed, and, be it
 
Further Resolved, That the City Clerk send a copy of this resolution to the President of the United States, to the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, to the Majority Leader of the United States Senate, and to Wisconsin's Congressional delegation.”

City of Milwaukee Aldermen may be contacted at (414) 286-2221 or utilizing this link: