Tuesday, December 12, 2017

State Assembly Democratic Minority Leader Gordon Hintz Removed Representative Josh Zepnick From Committees Without Due Process

Hintz, a Democrat requested for Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos to remove Democrat State Representative Josh Zepnick from committees without due process indicating how corrupt the leadership in the Democratic Party seemed to be in the State legislature.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

December 12, 2017

Madison, WI - State Representative Josh Zepnick (D-Milw.) has apparently been removed from serving in committees due to a request by Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh), according to Assembly Speaker Robin J. Vos (R-Rochester). Representative Hintz had requested for Vos to removed Rep. Zepnick from all the committees. Currently, Rep. Zepnick's home page in the State Assembly website shows no committee assignments.
Hintz apparently without due process is trying to pressure Zepnick to resign after allegations of inappropriate kissing and touching were made by two women who did not want to be identified. Zepnick has confirmed that the women have not confronted him and have not filed any complaints against him. Who are these women? In many cases of alleged sexual harassment and assault by public elected officials whether Democrat or Republican, female victims have come forward publicly and have faced the aggressor. 
But, Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) has learned that Zepnick broke from the corrupt ranks of the Democratic Party and pressure was placed to get Zepnick to resign. Rep. Zepnick has confirmed that he will not resign and is expected to seek re-election as a card carrying Democrat.
Zepnick has opposed anti-immigrant legislation by the Republican controlled Assembly.

For the record, ...both Democrats and Republicans are running for cover in relation to sexual harrasment. At the State Assembly many Republicans knew about former State Assembly Majority Leader Bill Kramer (R-Waukesha) drunkness and inappropriate sexual behavior, who was convicted in 2014 for 4th-degree sexual assault and sentenced to five months in jail long before the "Diana Robertson" issue became public, yet the Republicans did nothing. At the federal level, sexual abuse by members of Congress has been known for a long time...Why hasn't the Republicans and Democrats done anything against sexual harrasment until now? Because both Democrats and Republicans, including Trump, the President are equally complicit and corrupt.

Rep. Josh Zepnick released the following statement on December 1st, "As a recovering alcoholic, I have confronted and apologized for many mistakes I made during my years of irresponsible drinking.
While I have no recollection of these alleged incidents, there is never an excuse for inappropriate behavior.
I take the claims seriously and respect the feelings of the women involved. I apologize to both women for my actions and for any distress that I may have caused.
My life is back on track and I've been sober for over 2 years. I will not be resigning and I will continue to work hard on behalf of my constituents."

Monday, December 11, 2017

American Sewer Services, Inc. Fired Worker For KKK Decal Hate Speech At City of Milwaukee Worksite

Sewer and street repair company fired two employees, according to a letter sent to City of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

December 11, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - On Monday, Dennis Biondich, the owner of American Sewer Services, Inc. (ASS) from Rubicon confirmed in a letter sent to Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett that several employees had been terminated after two incidents that cause public outrage for displaying a Confederate flag including a KKK decal at a city worksite at N. 25th Street and W. Wells and an earlier incident where three workers were open carrying handguns and one of them brandishing his handgun at N. 19th Street and W. Meinecke Ave. Biondich admitted that an employee displaying the KKK decal in his cooler was hate speech and the second employee who was brandishing a handgun including two others who had handguns were legally carrying a weapon at a worksite.
The City of Milwaukee has a zero tolerance for City employees and contractors from carrying any type of weapon while on the job for the City, according to the City's Firearms and Dangerous Weapons prohibition. Last week, during a Common Council Public Works hearing, Alderman Bob Donovan exposed that some City employees had told him that they do carry conceal weapons while on the job violating the prohibition policy.
Multiple unions and organizations gathered at City Hall on Monday to speak against an employee working for ASS that had displayed a Confederate flag and a KKK decal in his cooler. Jacob Flom, Chair for the Young Workers Committee stated, "No worker can be both a unionist and a fascist, White supremacists are the enemy of organized labor and the entire multinational working class. The KKK is a White supremacist terrorist group responsible for killing Afrcan-Americans, LBGTQ people, trade unionists and others. Unions stand for economic and social justice and we condemn and actively fight against White supremacy and fascism in the workplace and society."
"Symbols of hate and division have no place at the worksite. The KKK is an abhorrent organization that fosters hate and violence and it is shocking that someone would feel it is okay to display support for White supremacy  on the job. Likewise, the Confederate flag is not the flag that represents liberty and justice for all," said Pam Fendt, President of the Milwaukee Area Labor Council.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Couple Sought By Milwaukee Police For Several Alleged Crimes In The Southside

A male and female suspects are wanted in connection with several armed robberies in the Southside of Milwaukee.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

December 10, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - The Milwaukee Police Department released the following press release regarding a male and female suspects sought in connection with several armed robberies in the Southside and an incident at a Citgo gas station located at the 1300 block of W. Lincoln Ave. on Wednesday.
Milwaukee Police are asking for the public's help in identifying two suspects wanted in connection with a December 6 crime at the Citgo Gas Station, at S. 13th Street and W. Lincoln Avenue, around 6:00 a.m.
The victim, a 39-year-old woman, walked into the gas station, an altercation ensued, and the male suspect pointed a gun at the victim. The suspect, and his female accomplice, then fled the scene.
Suspect #1 is described as a black male, between 30-40 years-old, 6'-6'2" tall, and 160-170 pounds with a thin build. He was last seen wearing a black skull cap type hat, a dark letterman-style jacket with light gray sleeves and a light gray hood, dark jeans, and black and red shoes.
Suspect #2 is described as a black female, between 30-40 years-old, 5'7"-5'9" tall, and 200-210 pounds with a heavy build, and long black curly hair. She was last seen wearing a white and pink zip-up hooded sweatshirt with a black undershirt and black leggings. It appears she has a large tattoo on her upper chest area.
Both suspects arrived in and entered what appeared to be a black, late 90's, Honda Civic. Surveillance video revealed there was no license plate affixed to the license plate holder. The front passenger's tire hubcap was also missing.
The male suspect and the depicted vehicle closely matches two other violent crimes that occurred on the South Side. In addition to the pointing and aiming, the two suspects are persons of interest for the following crimes:

•Armed Robbery around 4:10 a.m. on December 6 in the 900 block of S. Cesar Chavez Drive

•Armed Robbery/Carjacking around 5:00 a.m. on December 6 in the 1200 block of S. 31st Street

Rickey Riggins Was Fatally Shot In Milwaukee's Southside

Riggins died at the scene despite life saving efforts, according to police.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

December 10, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - Rickey Riggins, 44, was fatally shot on December 4 around 3:10 a.m. at the 1400 block of W. Mineral Street in Milwaukee. Police say, the homicide investigation is ongoing.
Riggins was identified by family members.

Original Black Panthers of Milwaukee Virtually Got Rid Of Legal Lean/Synthetic Pot From Community Before Common Council Outlawed Sales

The Milwaukee Common Council made it illegal to sell Legal Lean (synthetic pot) and Hy-Tech Syrup in the City of Milwaukee just one year and a half after the Original Black Panthers of Milwaukee began their campaign to stop the sale at local grocery and gas station stores.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

December 10, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - On Saturday, Darryl Farmer, the General for the Original Black Panthers of Milwaukee (OBPM) confirmed in his Facebook account, that "FOR THE LAST YEAR AND A HALF THE ORIGINAL BLACK PANTHERS OF MILWAUKEE HAVE VIRTUALLY RID THE MILWAUKEE COMMUNITY OF LEGAL LEAN AND HY-TECH SYRUP! THE COMMON COUNCIL MADE IT ILLEGAL TO SELL IN THE CITY!! IF THE KING IS WRONG, PROVE ME WRONG!! HMMMMMMMM.......The stores, gas stations and other businesses that sold legal lean (like synthetic pot) will tell you they stopped because of The Original Black Panthers of Milwaukee!!" The OBPM had put pressure on the Common Council to make Legal Lean illegal, but haven't yet been recognized for their efforts to help stop local grocery and gas station stores from selling it. The OBPM would visit the stores while video recording their visits and putting pressure on store operators to stop selling the synthetic pot to kids and the public. Although, Alderman Khalif J. Rainey has failed to acknowledge the OBPM efforts that helped stop the sale of Legal Lean, Farmer on the other hand is very outspoken about their success by taking credit with his group in helping to get rid of the synthetic pot in their community.
On Friday, Alderman Rainey from the 7th Aldermanic District released the following press release, A city news event hosted yesterday outlined the next steps in the city's legal proceedings involving the former Foodtown Mini Mart on Hopkins St., located in the 7th Aldermanic District. 
The city took ownership of the location after shutting down the store as a public nuisance for selling a potentially deadly form of synthetic marijuana called K-2.
A similar synthetic drug scourge on city neighborhoods – a mood-enhancing, over-the-counter drink sometimes called "Legal Lean" that is targeted toward kids – is now illegal after legislation I sponsored was approved by the Common Council in June. These synthetic drugs prey on our youth and send them on a downward spiral of a life consumed by drug addiction.
According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, two substances commonly used in Legal Lean are kratom, also known as herbal speedball (it provides an opioid-like effect), and kava, also known as an intoxicating pepper (it provides users a feeling of sedation and muscle weakness).
My legislation (Council File #170238) makes it illegal to use, possess or sell those two herbal depressants in the City of Milwaukee. Our city is now following other large cities and nations in seeking to prevent products like Legal Lean from reaching kids. In fact, these herbs are considered controlled substances in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Malaysia, Singapore, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.



Saturday, December 9, 2017

Unions Plan Rally To End City of Milwaukee Contracts With American Sewer Services Over KKK Decal Display At Work Site

Unions and multiple organizations plan to rally at the City of Milwaukee City Hall against facism and White Supremacy workers hired by Amercan Sewer Services, Inc. to do contract street and sewer repair work for the City.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

December 9, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - On Monday, December 11, a rally will take place at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall in the City of Milwaukee planned by unions and multiple organizations that will call on city officials to end the contracts with American Sewer Services, Inc. (ASS) for allowing a contract worker to display a Confederate flag and a Ku Klux Klan decal in a cooler at a work site located at N. 25th Street and W. Wells in Milwaukee. ASS is owned and operated by Dennis Biondich from Rubicon, Wisconsin, according to state corporation records. Currently, ASS has a $1.4M contract with the City of Milwaukee.
Last Wednesday, the Milwaukee Common Council Public Works Committee held a hearing in regards to a photo taken at N.19th Street and W. Meinecke Ave. of three ASS workers open carrying handguns and one of the workers was holding his handgun openly.
The City of Milwaukee has a Firearms and Dangerous Weapons policy that prohibits City employees and contractors from carrying weapons during working hours at work sites and on the field. Members of the Public Works Committee and fellow aldermen/women agreed to create a resolution making it clear that weapons are prohibited during working hours at all areas where employees and contractors including subcontractors.
Alderman Bob Donovan during the hearing exposed that some City employees told him that they carry conceal handguns while working, which is in violation of the firearms and dangerous weapons policy.
The rally at City Hall on Monday is sponsored by the Young Workers Committee of the Milwaukee Area Labor Council, AFL-CIO, Coalition of Black Labor Unionists, the Milwaukee Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Justice Coalition, Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Young People's Resistance Committee, NAACP, Voces de la Frontera, LULAC and the Jewish Community Relations Council including allies.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Ku Klux Klan Worker's Cooler Spotted At City of Milwaukee Street Construction Site

Contractors hired by the City of Milwaukee don't get background checks before doing work for the City.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

December 8, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - It seems the City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works under Commissioner Ghassan Korban and the City Attorney's Office is lacking any background checks on contractors including their workers by not including contract clauses that prohibits any racist deemed decals and Confederate flags from being displayed by workers contracted during jobs for the City. According to a Facebook post by Sam Singleton-Freeman on Friday, it shows a street construction worker's cooler from a hired City contractor with openly displaying a Confederate flag and a Ku Klux Klan (KKK) decal on it in the sidewalk where some workers were doing some street work.
The contracted workers at the site on N. 25th Street and W. Wells in Milwaukee were asked by the person taking photos for which contractor they worked for and they refused to identity the company. Contractors for the City of Milwaukee should make sure their company names are displayed at work sites.
According to Urban Milwaukee, both Alderman Robert Bauman who represents the district where the cooler photo with the KkK decal was taken and Sandy Rusch Walton, spokesperson for the Department of Public Works have confirmed that the work site where a worker's cooler decorated with a Confederate flag and a KKK decal was discovered belong to American Sewer Services, Inc. (ASS). The owner of ASS is Dennis Biondich of Rubicon, Wisconsin, State corporation records show.
On Wednesday, the Common Council Public Works Committee held a hearing about three American Sewer Services, Inc. workers with open carry handguns at N. 19th Street and W. Meinecke Ave. and one of them displaying a handgun in his hand who was later fired, according to Commissioner Korban. A photo of the three workers with handguns was taken on November 30 and went viral in the social network.
The City of Milwaukee has a Firearms and Dangerous Weapons policy prohibiting City employees and contractors from carrying weapons while during City jobs. Alderman Bob Donovan, who is a member of the Public Works Committee during the hearing exposed that some City workers have told him that they do carry weapons on the job violating the policy.
Members of the Common Council will work on a resolution to make it clear that firearms will be prohibited from City work sites and maybe an added provision should be added to prohibit the display of racist decals like the KKK decal and Confederate flag, which is associated with the White supremacist and White nationalist movement including the KKK.

Editors note: A rally is planned to condemn the display of the KKK decal by a City contractor worker at a work site on N 25th Street and W. Wells and to also call on the City of Milwaukee to end all contracts with American Sewer Services, Inc. on Monday, December 11 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall. The rally even is sponsored by the Young Workers Committee of the Milwaukee Area Labor Council, AFL-CIO, Coalition of Black Labor Unionists, the Milwaukee Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Justice Coalition, Citizen Action of Wisconsin and Young People's Resistance Committee including allies.