STATEMENT FROM COMMON COUNCIL PRESIDENT ASHANTI HAMILTON
JULY 15, 2016
Today I had the pleasure of attending a news event announcing new
legislation that Senator Tammy Baldwin is introducing to fight poverty
in America. Senator Baldwin’s _STRONGER WAY ACT_ is bold legislation to
put real solutions in place to create opportunities for all.
Transitional Jobs – something I and my colleagues have been focused on
in Milwaukee for the past few years – are a central plank of Senator
Baldwin’s important initiative.
Additionally, the legislation was drafted after the Common Council
passed a resolution during the last term urging our congressional
delegation to act on the key issue of jobs and job creation.
A young man from Milwaukee who attended today’s event spoke eloquently
about how important it has been for him – for his quality of life, for
his self-esteem, for his dignity – to have secured a meaningful
transitional job. This is what the _STRONGER WAY ACT_ can help do for
more young men and women in Milwaukee, and it is why I am solidly
supporting the initiative.
I would also like to thank the key local partners who helped make
today’s announcement possible – Community Advocates, the Council for
Children and Families, the Milwaukee Urban League, and UMOS.
I invite my fellow citizens to find out more about the _STRONGER WAY
ACT_ and to urge its quick passage in Congress.