MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) — The combat over the way forward for the town of Milwaukee’s district maps continued with a coalition of Latino teams calling on Widespread Council members to rethink the town legal professional’s opinion on proposed maps which might create a 3rd Latino-majority district.
“What occurred Monday night time by way of the opinion of the metropolis legal professional’s workplace is incorrect and is unjust,” Darryl Morin of Ahead Latino mentioned.
Morin referred to a committee assembly wherein new maps submitted by Latino teams have been thought-about however have been then labeled illegal by the town legal professional’s workplace.
The teams mentioned in a information convention Jan. 14 the legal professional’s workplace alleged the maps have been shaped with race because the predominating overriding issue.
Latino teams, together with Ahead Latino and Voces de la Frontera, disagreed and expressed frustration with the choice, saying it may diminish the voice of the town’s rising Latino inhabitants.
“We name on Widespread Council members and the interim mayor to uphold democratic ideas and honest illustration for Latinos that have for many years have been guaranteeing development and prosperity in Wisconsin and in Milwaukee,” Voces Government Director Christine Neumann-Ortiz mentioned.
On Jan. 18, the Widespread Council is about to vote on the primary set of district maps that the chamber handed final yr, however have been vetoed by then-Mayor Tom Barrett. That map solely has two districts the place Latinos are the majority.
“Due to the opinion of the town legal professional’s workplace, there’s not an urge for food amongst a lot of our colleagues to do something apart from cross the unique map,” 8th District Ald. JoCasta Zamarripa instructed CBS 58 in an interview.
Latino teams delivered letters to council members Friday in an try and delay the method and have members obtain counsel from outdoors authorized sources that may provide differing opinions on the maps.
“What occurs Tuesday stays to be seen, however definitely we’re preserving our choices open and we’re desirous to proceed to advocate for our Latino group right here in Milwaukee,” Zamarripa mentioned.
“All authorized evaluation and recommendation offered by this workplace is generated by extremely succesful attorneys,” Metropolis Legal professional Tearman Spencer mentioned in a press release to CBS 58. “Moreover, I’ve personally reviewed their work on this regard, and I’m assured that the recommendation offered was right and full.”
Spencer’s full assertion and the letter by Latino teams to council members might be seen in full beneath.