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Proposed County Office Would Focus On Issues Affecting African-Americans In Milwaukee

County Working On Creating New Office


An office addressing the rights and needs of African-Americans would be created in Milwaukee County, and later statewide, under a plan that’s been unanimously approved by the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors.

The resolution would set up an Office on African-American Affairs. Supervisor Khalif Rainey, a sponsor of the proposal, said he plans to have the director of the office talk with other county officials about ways to combat the unemployment, crime and poverty hurting many African-Americans.

“It’s our hope that they can develop strategies within this office which will lead Milwaukee County and Wisconsin out of the designation that has given us the title as the worst place for African-Americans to live,” said Rainey.

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The county board will vote on Monday on approving $300,000 in start-up money for the office.

Rainey said two Milwaukee legislators are ready to introduce a measure calling for a state Office on African-American Affairs.