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Our Issues Milwaukee – July 7, 2018 (Part 2)

Our Issues Milwaukee – July 7, 2018 (Part 2)


[MUSIC] WELCOME BACK TO OUR ISSUES MILWAUKEE I’M YOUR HOST ANDREA WILLIAMS. IF YOU’RE JUST JOINING US THE FALL PRIMARY ELECTIONS ARE COMING UP ON AUGUST 14TH AND TODAY WE HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF MEETING A FEW OF THE CANDIDATES WHO WILL BE ON THE BALLOT. LONGTIME MILWAUKEE LEGISLATOR LEON YOUNG HE REPRESENTED THE 16TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT SINCE 1993 AND RECENTLY HE ANNOUNCED THAT HE WON’T BE SEEKING RE-ELECTION. WE HAVE TWO CANDIDATES VYING FOR THAT SEAT HERE TODAY ONE OF THEM IS KALAN HAYWOOD II WHO WAS BORN RAISED AND EDUCATED IN MILWAUKEE’S 16TH DISTRICT HI CALEB HEY HOW ARE YOU?
I’M DOING WELL GOOD TO HAVE YOU BACK.
I’M GLAD TO BE BACK. NOW WE GOT A LOT TO TALK
ABOUT, BECAUSE THE LAST TIME YOU WERE HERE YOU WERE THE PRESIDENT OF THE MILWAUKEE YOUTH COMMON COUNCIL AND I KNEW YOU HAD, YOU KNOW POLITICS IN YOUR BLOOD.
WE ACTUALLY SPOKE ABOUT THIS LAST TIME I WAS HERE. YEAH AND SO YOU’RE NOT WASTING ANY TIME YOU HIT THE GROUND RUNNING AND YOU’RE READY TO TAKE THIS ON WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO REALLY GO FOR THIS POSITION IN THE STATE ASSEMBLY?
WELL BEING IN POLITICS ON THE YOUTH COUNCIL, BEING INVOLVED IN ORGANIZATIONS LIKE WEST CARE WISCONSIN, URBAN UNDERGROUND, AND DOING COMMUNITY ORGANIZING, I ALWAYS KNEW I WANTED TO BE IN POLITICS. I WANTED TO BE EFFECTIVE AND CHANGING WHEN IT COMES TO GOVERNMENT LEVELS. SO WHEN I THOUGHT ABOUT WHICH LEVEL GOVERNMENT TO RUN FOR STATE SEEMED LIKE THE BEST FIT RIGHT NOW.
OKAY THEY GET TO HANDLE POLICY, LEGISLATION, AND BUDGET. ON THE YOUTH COUNCIL WE HAD 10% OF THE CITY OF MILWAUKEE’S REPROGRAMMING DOLLARS TO ALLOCATE. SO WORKING WITH THE BUDGET EVERY SINGLE YEAR, WORKING WITH THE FINANCE COMMITTEE AT THE COMMON COUNCIL, LOOKING OVER THE BUDGET, ASKING SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT IT SAYING OH MAYBE THIS SHOULD GO HERE, MAYBE THIS SHOULDN’T GO HERE, BEING A PART OF THE BUDGET PROCESS AT THE STATE THAT DETERMINES WHAT THE CITY GETS, AND THE CITY WHERE WE’RE GOING THROUGH SOME TOUGH TIMES RIGHT NOW, THE BUDGET IS KIND OF TIGHT SO ALL THE FIRING AWAYS WHEN I GO TO THE STATE DEFINE WAYS MOVE THE MONEY AROUND THAT WE ALREADY HAVE AND GET THE CITIES SOME MORE MONEY, SO WE CAN FUND BETTER PROGRAMS. AND TO FUND
MILWAUKEE WITH THE FUNDS IT NEEDS.
YES IF YOU’VE REALLY THOUGHT ABOUT IT AND CORRECT ME IF I’M WRONG RIGHT NOW AND YOU’RE SERVING AS THE CHAIR OF THE COMMON COUNCILS RESTORATIVE JUSTICE INITIATIVE ADVISORY BOARD? YES. OKAY SO TALK A LITTLE
BIT ABOUT THAT AND WHAT ROLE YOU PLAY?
SO WITH THAT A COUPLE YEARS AGO ABOUT 4 MAYBE, I ACTUALLY TOOK A TRIP UP NORTH TO A CONFERENCE AND THERE WAS A SMALL COUNTY FROM WISCONSIN THAT WAS THERE AND THEY HAD A YOUTH COURT, THEY HAD A YOUTH COURT THAT GAVE THEIR YOUNG PEOPLE A SECOND CHANCE WHEN THEY MESSED UP. I THOUGHT MAN THAT’S CRAZY I NEVER I NEVER HEARD OF FOREST COUNTY BUT BEING IN MILWAUKEE THE BIGGEST CITY IN THE STATE WE DON’T HAVE ONE? IN MY DISTRICT 53206, SOME OF THE HIGHEST INCARCERATION RATES IN THE COUNTRY BUT WE STILL DON’T HAVE ONE IN OUR CITY? SO IMMEDIATELY THAT WEEKEND I’M TEXTING THE CITY CLERK TAKING SOME OTHER STATE REPS AT THE TIME, I’M LIKE WE NEED THIS IN MILWAUKEE WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT IT?
LIKE THAT’S A GOOD IDEA YOU SHOULD DO IT. SO I CAME BACK AND IMMEDIATELY HIT THE
GROUND RUNNING ON IT. THE YOUTH COUNCIL DECIDED UNDER MY LEADERSHIP THAT WE WOULD CREATE A SEPARATE BODY TO TAKE THAT ON, ON THAT BODY I’M LIKE WE NEED ALL THE STAKEHOLDERS TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN, ON THAT BOARD. TALKING TO THE
MAYOR’S OFFICE, THE COMMON COUNCIL, THE MUNICIPAL COURT, THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT OFFICE, MILWAUKEE PUBLIC SCHOOLS, AND THE MILWAUKEE POLICE DEPARTMENT, THAT IF THE TIME WAS NOW TO GET THAT DONE, SO THEY’RE ALL ON THE BOARD, EACH ONE REPRESENTED THE ASSISTANT CHIEF IS ON THE BOARD HIMSELF. BUT EACH OF THOSE PARTIES ARE ON BOARD SO WE’RE ALL HANDS ON DECK FOR IT. WE THOUGHT NOW IS THE TIME TO GIVE YOUNG PEOPLE THAT SECOND CHANCE AND INVITE THEM IN AND GIVE THEM THOSE RESOURCES, GIVE THEM A HELPING HAND, AND SET THEM DOWN THE RIGHT PATH.
YES AND I THINK THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE WOULD PROBABLY AGREE THAT SOMETIMES YOU NEED TO HEAR THAT VOICE FROM A DIFFERENT GENERATION TO GIVE A DIFFERENT VIEWPOINT OF SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE SEE GOING ON TODAY SO WHAT IS IT THAT YOU HAVE TO SAY TO PEOPLE WHO MAY BE THINKING WOW HE’S REALLY YOUNG TO WANT TO BE ON THAT LEVEL OF GOVERNMENT? WHAT DO YOU SAY TO THAT? WELL IN ORDER TO RUN FOR STATE REP YOU HAVE TO BE 18 AND IT TURNS OUT I’M 19 WELL I’M A LITTLE OLDER, I HAVE TO BE SO THAT’S THE FIRST THING. UH-HUH BUT THE SECOND THING IS WHEN WE WATCH THE HEADLINES OVER AND OVER AGAIN ABOUT WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE CITY A LOT OF THE ISSUES WE HAVE WHEN IT COMES TO CRIME A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT ARE FALLING AT THE HANDS OF THE JUSTICE SYSTEM, THEY’RE MY AGE. FOR TIME, AND FOR TIME LONG TIMES NOW THERE ARE LIKE THIS IN OUR CITY COMMUNITY LEADERS THEY HAVE ALL THEY’RE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT CAN THEY DO TO FIX THE PROBLEMS. WHAT CAN THEY DO TO REACH YOUNG PEOPLE AND GET SOMETHING DONE. SO WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG PEOPLE SPEAK ONE LANGUAGE IS WHAT IT SEEMS LIKE, AND THE ELDERS SPEAKING ANOTHER LANGUAGE, NO ONE’S UNDERSTANDING EACH OTHER, SO IT CREATES THIS GENERATION GAP, SO I’M GONNA WORK AS THAT GAP SINCE I AM BILINGUAL IN BOTH LANGUAGES. I WANT TO HELP THE ELDERS UNDERSTAND THE YOUNG PEOPLE AND YOUNG PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THEIR ELDERS AND WITH THAT CONVERSATION BEING THE GAP BEING FILLED, WE GOT TO GET SOMETHING DONE. WE CAN STOP SEEING THE SAME HEADLINES OVER AND OVER AGAIN SO I’M THE BEST TRANSLATOR FOR THAT.
OKAY ALSO NO ONE WAS ASKING ME ABOUT MY AGE WHEN I WAS ALLOCATING OVER HALF A MILLION DOLLARS. SO I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE
PROBLEM IS NO I DON’T THINK IT’S A PROBLEM. I JUST THINK THAT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN CONDITIONED TO THINK THAT YOU HAVE TO FINISH COLLEGE AND DO THESE THINGS BEFORE YOU DO THAT, BUT LIKE I SAID I MET YOU SOME YEARS AGO AND YOU’VE ALWAYS BEEN DRIVEN, SO IT DOESN’T SURPRISE ME THAT YOU ARE TAKING THIS ON AT YOUR AGE. BUT IN ASKING THAT QUESTION I DO THINK THAT IT’S JUST PEOPLE WHO ARE CONDITIONED IN THE WAY THEY THINK THEY’RE SUPPOSED TO BE A PATTERN OF YOU KNOW POLITICS, EVEN GO TO COLLEGE, GET MARRIED,
HAVE A BABY, YOU KNOW. YEAH BUT WITH THE WAY THINGS ARE GOING RIGHT NOW WE’VE BEEN STUCK IN OUR WAYS DOING THE SAME OLD SAME OLD TRADITIONS AND CLEARLY IS NOT WORKING FOR US, SO IT’S HOW WE CHANGE THAT NARRATIVE, CHANGE THE MENTALITY, CHANGE THE MINDSET, AND CHANGE THE PATH WE’RE GOING AGAIN. SO YOU WANT YOU WANT DIFFERENT GOT TO DO DIFFERENT THAT’S WHAT WE’RE STARTING TO DO NOW.
WELL I THINK YOU MAKE YOUR POINT VERY WELL IN ARGUING THAT YOU’RE READY TO TAKE ON THIS TEST. SO YOU’VE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE AROUND A LOT OF OTHER ELECTED OFFICIALS SO WHAT WOULD YOU SAY YOU’VE LEARNED FROM DEALING WITH THEM AND DIFFERENT ISSUES, WHAT DID YOU TAKE AWAY FROM THAT?
I’VE LEARNED THAT BEING AN ELECTED OFFICIAL ISN’T A EASY JOB AT ALL, IT’S A DIFFICULT JOB, AT THE SAME TIME IT’S A VERY IMPORTANT JOB, YOU ARE A PUBLIC SERVANT YOU’RE NOT ELECTED, YOU’RE A PUBLIC SERVANT, YOUR JOB IS TO BE A VOICE FOR THE PEOPLE WHO DON’T HAVE VOICES, SO BEING A VOICE FOR THE VOICELESS. SO EVERY DAY WHEN YOU WAKE UP YOUR MAIN OBJECTIVE IS TO MAKE AN IMPACT. SO I LEARNED FROM OUR MENTORS AND THE OTHER OFFICIALS I’VE BEEN AROUND I HAVE TO WHEN I AM ELECTED, I HAVE TO WAKE UP EVERY DAY BE THAT PUBLIC SERVANT AND DO WHAT I’M ASKED TO DO FOR THE BETTER OF MY PEOPLE.
OKAY AND KALAN I WANT YOU TO TALK ABOUT AN ISSUE THAT’S CLOSEST TO YOUR HEART THAT YOU’D LIKE TO TACKLE. WELL MY THREE THINGS UM WHAT I THOUGHT WAS WRONG WITH THE 16TH DISTRICT THERE’S A LOT OF THINGS WRONG WITH IT, THERE’S A LONG LIST OF PROBLEMS WE HAVE AFTER HOURS OF TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHICH ONES I’M GOING TO FOCUS ON I PICKED THREE, ONE WE HAVE TO FIX THE EDUCATION SYSTEM IT’S VERY IMPORTANT OUR YOUNG PEOPLE THEY’RE NOT GRADUATING, IT’S TIME THAT WE HELP THEM GET AND GIVE THEM THE RESOURCES AND BRING OUR GRADUATION RATES UP TO HIGHER STANDARDS. TWO, WE HAVE TO CREATE JOBS, WE TALK ABOUT CREATING JOBS ALL THE TIME BUT WE ALSO DON’T TALK ABOUT CREATING A CLEAR PATH, THERE’S ROADBLOCKS IN THE WAY OF STOPPING PEOPLE FROM GETTING JOBS, TRANSPOR… LACK OF TRANSPORTATION, EDUCATION, AND OF COURSE CRIMINAL BACKGROUNDS THERE ARE HARDWORKING MILWAUKEEANS WHO WANT TO WORK, MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND CONTRIBUTE TO SOCIETY. SO ME BEING THEIR ELECTED OFFICIAL I HAVE TO MAKE DO WHAT I CAN, IT’S MAKING IT EASIER FOR THEM THEY GET THERE. AND THEY’RE ALSO THREE WE HAVE TO BUILD SAFER COMMUNITIES OUR ELDERS FEEL IT, OUR YOUNG PEOPLE FEEL IT, THEY’RE NOT SAFE IN THERE, THEY DON’T FEEL SAFE IN THEIR OWN HOMES, THEIR OWN NEIGHBORHOODS IT’S TIME WE CHANGE THAT.
ALL RIGHT WELL YOU ARE DEFINITELY MAKING SURE PEOPLE KNOW THAT YOU’RE OUT HERE, YOU’RE KNOCKING ON DOORS, AND HERE MAKING SURE THEY KNOW THAT YOU ARE VYING FOR THIS POSITION AND YOU KNOW THAT I WISH YOU NOTHING BUT THE BEST.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU AND CONGRATULATIONS. KALAN HAYWOOD II HE’S A CANDIDATE FOR THE WISCONSIN ASSEMBLY 16TH DISTRICT AND YOU CAN FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HIS CAMPAIGN AT HAYWOOD4ASSEMBLY.COM. WHEN WE COME BACK WE’LL TALK TO ANOTHER CANDIDATE RUNNING FOR THE WISCONSIN STATE ASSEMBLY IN THE 16TH DISTRICT WILL MEET AND DISCUSS THE ISSUES WITH COUNTY SUPERVISOR SUPREME MOORE OMOKUNDE
RIGHT AFTER THIS. [MUSIC]

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