Families in Milwaukee continue to bear the weight of President Trump’s failure to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. In the Milwaukee region, over 30,000 fewer people are employed now compared to when President Trump took office. In August, food insecurity in Milwaukee County jumped again, with the number of individuals utilizing Wisconsin’s SNAP program, FoodShare, 15% higher than August 2019. And there have been over 4,300 evictions of families and individuals in Milwaukee County since March 15.
Jill Biden implored Milwaukee Democrats Saturday to make a plan to vote and participate in organizing efforts in the final weeks of the presidential campaign.
“This is it, there are no do-overs,” Biden said during a virtual campaign appearance as she sought to boost enthusiasm for her husband, former Vice President Joe Biden.
Speaking from her Delaware home, Biden said, “Joe will be a president for all Americans, and he has a plan for all Americans to end this pandemic, to rebuild, to reimagine a future that’s better than ever.”
U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes also appeared as they urged listeners to vote while criticizing President Donald Trump.
“Donald Trump has used every single vulnerability in our society to drive a wedge between the racial groups,” Moore, of Milwaukee, said.
Supporters of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris tuned in to a virtual visit with notable Wisconsin Democrats Saturday.
The push for Wisconsin voters continues, and for the Biden campaign, it’s all virtual.
Saturday, the Biden camp held a Zoom conference with Jill Biden and some of the state’s Democratic leaders. Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes, U.S. Representative Gwen Moore, and CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin Ossie Kendrix all joined the call.
“We have a real chance to overcome in the past failures and the opportunity to truly build back a better nation that is more inclusive,”
Two big subjects dominated the discussions: economic recovery and racial justice.
“We’re at an inflection point in this country where everybody, every race, creed, gender, nationally recognized the need for some racial reconciliation,” Moore said.
Kendrix said while Black Wisconsinites are losing their lives to COVID-19, some are losing their livelihoods.
“African-American owned firms account for only 10% of the approximately 27 million total US businesses,” Kendrix said. “It’s safe to say that minority-owned small businesses are bearing the brunt of this pandemic, with fewer resources available to weather this storm.”
Barnes touted the Biden plan that would help people of color get their businesses off the ground.