MILWAUKEE, WI — The African-American Roundtable is committed to action for justice on behalf of individuals (both past and present) who have lost their lives at the hands of police violence. The events that have transpired in Milwaukee over the past week have been a display of community pain and frustration toward unfair policing practices and systemic racism. The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota and the aftermath of the ongoing protests across the nation have been unfortunate, and revealing. His death has reignited the conversation around policing in America which has yet to be resolved. Unfortunately, there have been recent cases, like Joel Acevedo’s murder, locally that mirror the tragedy that has sparked national unrest.  “We’re going through the consequence of white supremacy not being addressed, racism not being addressed, divestment from communities not being addressed,” said Markasa Tucker, Director of the African American Roundtable. “So much more has not been addressed that people shouldn’t expect any other response, referring to the protests and when looting occurs.”


We must come together as a community to hold our political system accountable in order to create a safe community for all to live and thrive. Our demands are as follows:


Public Safety

  • Community investment: A $75 million divestment from the Milwaukee Police Department and reinvestment into building healthy communities that can thrive. In accordance, $50 million must be allocated to fund public health and $25 million to housing cooperatives.

  • The rights of protestors are respected and no harm comes to them:  Governor Tony Evers must withdraw the National Guard from Milwaukee.  Mayor Tom Barrett must end the 9 p.m. city-wide curfew.  The Milwaukee Police Department must stop shooting rubber bullets and using teargas on protestors.  City and County officials must release all arrested protestors, and revoke curfew fines and tickets.

  • Justice for Joel Acevedo: Officer Mattioli must be immediately terminated from the Milwaukee Police Department for the  murder of Mr. Acevedo. In addition, the three named accomplices must also be held accountable by law and also brought to justice.

  • FPC be the voice of the community:  The Fire and Police Commission must remain the lead investigator on the internal investigation involving police officer Michael Mattioli.  The Fire and Police Commission is an extension of the community; its role is to represent the interests of Milwaukee residents. Community voices must be given precedence in the six month review process of Police Chief Alfonso Morales.

  • Accountability to the community: Common Council President Cavalier Johnson must immediately appoint community members to the Community Collaborative Committee.


Instead of an Executive Order to Activate the National Guard, the Governor & County Executive Should Provide Safeguards to Black communities during COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Housing: Implement a moratorium on evictions, foreclosures, rent, mortgages, and utility disconnections for Milwaukee County residents through the end of 2020.

  • Healthcare: Declaration of racism in the state of Wisconsin as a public health crisis. Public and Private institutions must be expanded to ensure Milwaukee County residents have access to affordable healthcare.


It is imperative we continue to hold all public officials accountable to the community, especially in a time when our community’s needs are greater than ever. Therefore, we demand every person in a position of power within our political system prioritize the lives of all residents.



African American-Roundtable (AART)

ACLU of Wisconsin

Afican American Breastfeeding Network, Inc

Ayuda Mutua MKE

Black Leaders Organizing for Communities (BLOC)

Black Lives Matter to Wisconsin Unitarian Universalists

Browns Crew

BYP 100 Milwaukee Chapter

Candace Coates,  African American Roundtable Civic Engagement Advisory Board Member

Center for Popular Democracy

Citizen Action of Wisconsin

Coalition for Justice

ComForce MKE

Cosecha Creative Space

Donovan Hines Foundation of Exuberance Co.

Fresh Start Learning, Inc

hamaca humilde

Hmong American Women’s Association

Huntley Consulting

Jamaal Smith

The Kairos International Christian Church

Leaders Igniting Transformation (LIT)

Milwaukee Area Service & Hospitality Workers Union

Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition

Metcalfe Park Community Bridges

Milwaukee Inner City Congregations Allied for Hope (MICAH)

Niyomni Events, LLC

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin

Progressive Baptist Church

Progressive Moms of Milwaukee

Racies Revolucionarias (R.A.R.A.S)

Rid Racism

Schools and Communities United

STITCH Milwaukee


Ubuntu Research and Evaluation

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Chapter, American Association of University Professionals

Urban Underground Milwaukee

Youth Justice Milwaukee

Voces de la Frontera

WAVE Educational Fund

Wisconsin Justice Initiative

Wisconsin Voices

Wisconsin Working Families Party


9to5 National

9to5 Wisconsin

Amy Mizialko, MTEA President

Brian McKee

Candace Coates, African American Roundtable Civic Engagement Advisory Board Member

Cassandra Bowers

Dr. Gabrielle Gray

Ingrid Walker-Henry, MTEA Vice President

Jacqueline Zeledon

Jarrett English, Metcalfe Park Community Bridges Board Member and Wisconsin Voices Board Member

Jenni Hofschulte, Parents for Public Schools of Milwaukee

Joshua Taylor

Kara Coleman, African American Roundtable Civic Engagement Advisory Board Member

Nate Gilliam

Rhonda Hill,  African American Roundtable Civic Engagement Advisory Board Member

Dr. Robert Smith, Director Center for Urban Research, Teaching & Outreach Marquette University

Sean Wilson

Sharonda Hunter, African American Roundtable Civic Engagement Advisory Board Member

Shauntay Nelson

Stephanie Roades

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