During a time when strong community voices are needed especially someone representing those most affected by police policies, it very disappointing to learn that Ms. Cabrera is not being reappointed or allowed to finish her term that ends at the end of July 2018. The African American Roundtable and others stand with Common Council members, urging you not to replace her.
Just a few months ago you mentioned wanting to go in another direction, but we are making it very clear the community is not in favor of this direction.
If your decision was based on Ms. Cabrera’s run for office, let voters decide her ultimate fate. Did you not continue as Mayor even while running for Governor in the past? There is so much hanging in the balance in regards to the work that the Commission has ahead and her experience and desire to continue should be considered and affirmed despite her future professional aspirations. Her voice and stance on issues represents a voice that will continue to help ensure the independence of the Fire and Police Commission from any office in the city.
Again, the African American Roundtable stands with the Common Council and the community that the decision not to reappoint Ms. Cabrera before her term expires sends a message that your priorities may not align with the African American Roundtable. We’re also concerned this sends a message to the People of Color she speaks and advocates for as well.
We strongly urge you, as constituents of the city and as leaders in the community, to reconsider your stance.
Director, African American Roundtable
Pastor Walter Lanier, Progressive Baptist Church
BLOC (Black Leaders Organizing Communities)
MKE BYP 100 (Black Youth Project)
Coalition for Justice
Community Task Force
Metcalfe Park Community Bridges
NAACP Milwaukee Branch
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin
SURJ (Showing up for Racial Justice)
Team HAVOC (Together Everyone Achieves More Helping Another Volunteer or Cause) UBLAC (Uplifting Black LIberation and Community)
YWCA Southeast Wisconsin