Madison Alders Sneak Anti-115th Fighter Wing Resolution onto Tuesday Agenda
While the state, country and world focus on the COVID-19 pandemic Madison Alders try to act while no one is watching
MADISON, Wis – As business in Madison and across our entire state has come to a screeching halt, and residents heed the warnings of health officials to stay “safer at home,” the Madison City Council is planning to vote on a resolutionTuesday to oppose the 115th Fighter Wing.
In a last-minute effort, the agenda item was added to the City Council’s agenda on Friday, with the council planning on vote on Tuesday, March 31 at 6:30 PM.
“It is unconscionable that the Madison City Council would sneak this onto their agenda, as people in Madison, just like those around the world, are focused on the COVID-19 crisis,” said Chris Arenz, Executive Director of the Badger Air Community Council. “Our friends, neighbors and coworkers who serve as Airmen and soldiers with the Wisconsin National Guard are literally putting their lives on the line to serve our community during this health emergency. This is a slap in the face to those guard members and their families who are mobilized and cannot participate in the democratic process.”
Wisconsin National Guard members recently helped return Wisconsinites who were passengers on the Princess Cruise line, back to their homes. They are also currently deployed as medics at a nursing home in Grafton which was hit hard by COVID-19. As cases continue to increase in our state, the need for these guard members is only going to increase. They could be mobilized in many corners of our state.
“Our national guard members are in the thick of things, trying to help citizens in the state of Wisconsin who have already been infected with the virus and they’re doing everything they can to protect those who haven’t,” said Arenz. “These unsung heroes cannot return to Madison to attend a city council meeting in the middle of a pandemic.”
In addition, while the state fights this health crisis, our local and state economy hangs in the balance.
“It’s unfortunate that at a time like this, the Madison City Council is trying to chase away over $100 million in annual economic impact and the 1,500 skilled individuals and their families who contribute greatly to our community.”
The Badger Air Community Council is urging Madison and Dane County residents, as well as our supporters throughout the state, to contact the Madison City Council and tell them to do the right and honorable thing and pull this resolution from Tuesday’s agenda.
Please email all the Alders at: [email protected] and spread awareness throughout your social media channels and social networks.
Sponsors of the resolution are:
- Rebecca Kemble
- Syed Abbas
- Tag Evers
- Grant Foster
- Patrick W. Heck
- Marsha A. Rummel
- Lindsay Lemmer
Thank you for your continued support!