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Anti-Discrimination Resolution Passed By Milwaukee County Health And Human Needs Committee

The Resolution Will Be Voted On By The Full County Board In February

Local groups gather to support anti-discrimination resolution passed in Milwaukee
Ross Terrell/ WPR

A resolution opposing all forms of discrimination was passed by the Milwaukee County Health and Human Needs committee Wednesday. The resolution was introduced by County Supervisor Marina Dimitrijevic in response to executive orders signed by President Donald Trump targeting undocumented immigrants and refugees.

Dimitrijevic said the resolution re-affirms the county’s stance on equality.

“This is a city that was built on the backs of immigrants,” she said. “We’re going to continue to be strong and make sure that there is no fear, that there is no hate. We will stand up to those anti-immigrant policies in Milwaukee County.”

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Karen Gotzler, executive director of the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, said it’s important that others in the community show their support.

“It’s critical for the LGBT community not only to speak up for itself, but also to stand with immigrants, many of whom are LGBTQ who are fleeing oppression and discrimination,” Gotzler said.

Not everyone supported the new measure. Supervisor Deanna Alexander called it “divisive, wasteful nonsense” and said it “further polarizes our political climate.”

The resolution will be voted on by the full county board on Feb. 2.