Latinx Leaders Demand Common Council Sustain Mayor’s Veto & Work With Latinx Community to Pass Fair Maps for Milwaukee’s Growing Latinx Population

Press Conference To Be Held at 8:30 a.m. CST Tuesday, Right Before Common Council Vote

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 12/13/21

(MILWAUKEE, WI) – 

What: Fair Maps for Latinxs Press Conference: Shortly before the Milwaukee Common Council is scheduled to vote to sustain or override Mayor’s veto on new aldermanic maps, Latinx leaders will hold press conference at City Hall to demand that the Common Council sustain the Mayor’s veto and work with them to develop a third majority or plurality Latinx district that reflects the growth and movement of Milwaukee’s Latinx community.

When: Tuesday, December 14 at 8:30 a.m. CST

Where: Milwaukee City Hall, 200 E. Wells St, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Livestream: The event will also be streamed via Facebook live at facebook.com/VocesdelaFronteraWI

Interview Opportunities:

  • Jesus Salas, member of Voces de la Frontera’s Fair Maps Commission
  • State Representative Sylvia Ortiz-Velez
  • Jaime Alvarado, LULAC

Why: On December 6, Mayor Barrett vetoed the maps passed by the Milwaukee Common Council due to growing concerns from the Latinx community that the proposed maps do not reflect the growth and movement of Milwaukee’s Latinx population. The maps passed by the Common Council on November 23rd included only two Latinx “influence districts” with a 25.6% and 28.1% Latinx population each. Voces de la Frontera and other Latinx organizations and leaders are calling for the city to create a third Latinx majority or plurality district on Milwaukee’s south side. On December 2nd, Voces de la Frontera’s Fair Maps Commission sent Mayor Barrett nine alternative maps that would create a third majority or plurality Latinx district, with Latinx populations ranging from 47%-53%. 

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CONTACT: Anna Dvorak, 414-469-0118, anna@vdlf.org