The recent glowing, positive reports given to President Obama about Milwaukee’s Mayor Barrett and his administration of the city might be an example of simple protocol. However, protocol or not, the matter ought to raise extreme concern, particularly, since the city’s Black media, purport to be a reflection of Black life, hope and opportunity. Additionally, Milwaukee’s Black elected officials, by their choice remain the close, watchful vanguards of equality, justice, not just for the community, but particularly representative of Black people!
Whether protocol or not, citizens may feel the truth ought to prevail, and that Black elected representatives through the Black media have a commitment to adequately inform the community. It is disturbing that the president would get a report so far from reality; therefore it is incumbent that Black officials maintain regular communications with the media about the truth.
It appears in this matter that either Black elected officials were not consulted, or the Black media was not informed…or both. Thus, both entities risk credibility, at least until the real truth is known.
Therefore the release of the following reports revisit several past activities that relate to the both the Mayor Barrett’s negative effect upon the Black community’s general health and those specific administration initiatives that identify ongoing evidence of racism and bigotry practiced among all elected officials. Lastly, the negative impacts upon Milwaukee Black community appears intentional and designed to impair both Black educational school system functions as well as creating ongoing hostile police/community relations.
.Mayor Tom Barrett’s administration allowed $83 million to vanish from Westlawn Redevelopment Project which violates SECTION 3, a provision of the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Act of 1968 that ensures that economic opportunities be directed toward low- and very low-income persons, particularly those who are recipients of government assistance for housing, and to business concerns which provide economic opportunities to low- and very low-income persons. Funds such as the $83 million should have been returned to the community. It is estimated the money was not lost, but was used the construction of non-federal projects not authorized by any government entity.
Mayor Tom Barrett’s currently violates the EB-5 $1,000,000.00 immigrant Green Card trade program and uses the funds to renovate city’s downtown. The program permits foreign nationals who invest money in the United States to obtain a visa and must invest $1,000,000.00 toward a high unemployment or rural area, creating or preserving at least 10 jobs for U.S. workers, excluding the investor and their immediate family. Milwaukee is using the funds for downtown renovations.
Mayor Tom Barrett’s Department of City Development took $7,804,550.00 from the $14,500,000.00 Community Development Block Grant which is awarded by HUD to “…benefit low- and moderate-income people, and for the prevention or elimination of slums or blight…” http://city.milwaukee.gov/ImageLibrary/User/jsteve/2015-recomm-print-cdbg.pdf
Mayor Tom Barrett ignored and never responded to a 2011 NAACP request for audit about contract procurement system which refers to the application of civil rights and equal opportunity laws and policies germane to the city’s contract procurement system.
Mayor Tom Barrett ignores the city’s Black Male Joblessness as low employment level of 2010, 52.7% in drops to the bottom of the 40 cities — lower than Detroit, Cleveland, Chicago, Pittsburgh and St. Louis.
Mayor Tom Barrett cares little about Milwaukee being one of the most segregated cities in the country. Instead of following guideline to desegregate, particularly in the use of new building construction, Milwaukee continues to build new housing in current segregated poor, neighborhoods. This pattern
tends to exacerbate already negative conditions, poverty, crime and criminal behavior.
Mayor Tom Barrett not truthful about lead pipes use in drinking water “…much longer than other bigger cities.”…ignores evidence of the contamination caused by lead pipe cutting during main replacement”
Mayor Tom Barrett uniformed about high Milwaukee eviction rate. Many take place in the Inner City as children are taken out of school; and eviction and crime rates increase eviction rates. And landlords routinely refuse to rent to families with children even as neighborhoods with more children experienced more evictions.
It is not certain how well known this information is known by about a dozen Black elected officials, nor if any of this information, has been communicated to the media or not….even while assuming that not a few Black officials have been directly involved in several described activities