The ordinance moves forward Milwaukee County’s vision that by achieving racial equity, Milwaukee is the healthiest county in Wisconsin. Milwaukee County government acknowledges that institutional racism exists across layers of government in the United States and is taking steps to implement change.
“We have a moral imperative as community leaders to address racial equity head on,” said County Executive Chris Abele. “Thank you to the Board of Supervisors for working together to pursue our vision and taking bold steps to ensure every resident in every community across Milwaukee County will have what they need to thrive.”
In May 2019, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, with County Supervisor Marcelia Nicholson, County Supervisor Supreme Moore Omokunde and County Supervisor Deanna Alexander, sponsored a first-of-its-kind resolution declaring racism a public health crisis.