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Citizens Going to Drastic Lengths Such as ‘Tax and Fee Strike’ Until Leadership Refunds Law Enforcement Agencies

Citizens fight back with lawsuits, secession from cities in quest for increased safety

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Cities with the most liberal leadership that have called for defunding the police have experienced skyrocketing crime. Somehow no one is shocked but the leaders, who are now forced to refund their departments. According to a report from Fox Business, cities including New York, Oakland, Baltimore, Minneapolis and Los Angeles are “planning to reinstate tens of millions for the construction of new police precincts, increasing police department budgets, among other plans to bankroll more efforts to confront the uptick in crime.”

The Wall Street Journal reported that nationally, several of the largest local law enforcement agencies, city and county leaders are asking for funding increases for 9 of the 12 departments where next year’s budgets have already been proposed, with increases ranging from 1% to 6%.

Residents and businesses have been forced to make demands of their leadership and push back on defunding the police. “A group of 37 restaurants and small businesses in Baltimore recently sent a letter to the mayor, city council, and state’s attorney threatening to go on a tax and fee strike until leadership starts enforcing the law and addressing crime, drug dealing and other issues.”

A similar incident occurred in Minneapolis, where residents filed a lawsuit against the city for failing to keep people safe. PJ Media reports that according to the lawsuit, the city hasn’t met its minimum ratio of officers per citizen as required by the city charter. An Atlanta community is creating its own police department in response to the leadership’s defunding efforts.

With homicides alone up 24% since only January, will a sudden cry to “re-fund” be too little, too late? To some degree, the unsupportive damage has been done. The Associated Press reported that “law enforcement agencies across the country experienced a wave of retirements and departures and are struggling or recruit the next generation of police officers.”

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  1. 2tellthetruth

    June 23, 2021 at 9:24 am

    We need law and order to have a “civil society”. Every beating, shooting and break and enter, stealing from businesses, and fire setting those are ALL CRIMES! We need our POLICE DEPARTMENTS FUNDED FULLY!

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‘Tis the Season For Social Justice Messages on NFL Helmets, End Zones and Hats

Football season is upon us, despite liberal leadership’s cancel culture in full force

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Football season is upon us, despite liberal leadership’s cancel culture in full force. Stenciled in the helmets this year, players can choose from six phrases: “End Racism,” “Stop Hate,” “It Takes All of Us,” “Black Lives Matter,” “Inspire Change” and “Say their Stories.”

The end zones will read, for the second straight year, “It Takes All of Us” and “End Racism.” The league is also bringing back the “Say Their Stories” initiative and begin a new one where each team will “highlight its social justice work during a regular-season home game in Weeks 17 and 18.”

“We are committed to Inspire Change and the social justice work that inspires change for the long term,” said Anna Isaacson, NFL’s senior vice president of social responsibility. All of the initiatives “will provide a unified time frame for us to further amplify all of the work that our clubs are doing and that will lead into the playoffs where Inspire Change will continue to take center stage” added Isaacson. “The key message for us as the season is starting, we are ramping up again in a big way with our social justice work.”

End zone stencils will remain in place for all home games except when another specific cause is to be recognized, such as the Salute to Service game. “Salute To Service” will replace “End Racism” in one end zone and “It Takes All of Us” will still remain in the opposite end zone,

Another addition will be a knit hat that can be worn on the sidelines of Weeks 17 and 18 by players, coaches, and other personnel “to add visibility to the cause.” The hat will also be sold at retail, and “100% of the league’s proceeds will be donated to Inspire Change grant recipients.”

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Racist Rock: Boulder Removed from UW-Madison ‘Painful History of Discrimination’

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The University of Wisconsin-Madison is spending somewhere between $30,000 and $75,000 for good use; to move a rock. But not just any rock, no, this is a racist rock. “Chamberlin Rock, located on top of Observatory Hill, is named in honor of Thomas Crowder Chamberlin, a geologist and former university president” reports the Wisconsin State Journal.

However, “for some students of color on campus, the rock represents a painful history of discrimination” the article explains. The 70-ton boulder was removed from the “heart of campus” at 6:30 am Friday morning following demands from students over the past year.

The boulder will be moved to university-owned land southeast of Madison near Lake Kegonsa. In its place, the university plans to place a plaque to honor the former university president. Wisconsin State Journal reports:

The boulder was referred to as a “n——-head” — a commonly used expression in the 1920s to describe any large dark rock — at least once in a 1925 Wisconsin State Journal story. University historians have not found any other time that the term was used but said the Ku Klux Klan was active on campus at that time.

UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank approved the removal of Chamberlin Rock in January but the Wisconsin Historical Society needed to sign off on the rock’s removal because it was located within 15 feet of a Native American burial site…

… The Black Student Union led the call to remove the rock last summer. Nalah McWhorter, the group’s president and a UW-Madison senior, said in an interview this summer that the demands to remove the boulder had been around even before she arrived on campus three years ago.

“I’m grateful that we have had the opportunity to do this and that the rock will be removed,” she said. “It was our demand, and it was something that we put all the work in for.”

The Black Student Union worked with Wunk Sheek, an Indigenous student organization on campus, to lobby for the rock’s removal.

“We did all these presentations,” McWhorter said. “We went through all of these meetings during an academic year with a lot of other stuff going on, so the work really relied on us, as students, and as Black students.”

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