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June 30th, 2020
Educational Equality Is Racial Equality
This morning, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue that it is unconstitutional to exclude religious schools from school choice programs, siding with families and strengthening the already powerful school choice movement that has taken shape across the nation. And in a moment where racial injustice is at the forefront of our country's issues, this ruling could not have come at a better time. Educational inequality is one of the biggest injustices facing our country today, as a lack of access to quality education can often lead to further inequality down the road.
The school choice movement began right here in Milwaukee. In 1990, the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program was formed to provide educational choice to families in Milwaukee who did not otherwise have the opportunity to send their children to private schools. Milwaukee began the first school choice program in the country, and we have not let up since. The movement continued to grow both statewide and nationally, rooted in the simple concept that all children deserve the opportunity to succeed regardless of their zip code. Unfortunately, we have seen that not everyone believes in this idea of equality--with politicians choosing to serve the public teacher's unions rather than the future of this country. My opponent, Gwen Moore, has continuously opposed educational freedom and educational equality, despite Milwaukee having some of the most notoriously underperforming public schools in the entire nation.
In a city like Milwaukee, which is infamous for being one of the most racially segregated cities in America, forcing predominantly black and hispanic students into failing school districts based solely on where they live is essentially a modern re-segregation of our schools. Separate, but unequal. And when we allow such inequality to exist at a young age, we allow it to persist as those children grow older. Educational equality is racial equality. The school to prison pipeline is very real. The worse education that a child receives, the higher the likelihood that that child will be incarcerated as they get older. When we place a glass ceiling on our children's futures, we reinforce the system that is failing them. We limit their access to opportunity and continue to perpetuate the cycle of poverty and inequity. This creates "high crime neighborhoods" which leads to over-policing, higher incarceration rates, higher tensions between the police and the community they serve. This is what systemic racism looks like, and when politicians who have the power to change this refuse to, they are complicit.
I have always stood for educational equality and school choice, and I will continue to fight for the future of our children in Congress. We have the power to dismantle this broken system and provide these students with opportunities they might not otherwise have if they're forced to attend a school system that continues to fail them. As we continue to fight for racial equality and for criminal justice reform, it is important to understand the role that quality education plays in all of this. I trust families to make the best decisions for their children, and I believe we owe it to everyone to make sure that all students have the access to the best education possible.
June 11th, 2020
We Need Reforms, Not Rhetoric
As a black woman in America, I have first-hand experience with abuses in the police department. I grew up in urban Philadelphia in the 1970s and know what it’s like to be stopped merely for walking down the street. I remember one incident when my cousin and I were pinned against a storefront by police horses for what seemed like forever, for no reason other than the color of my skin. We were lectured by the officers about how “blacks were lower than low, blacks had no business walking in this neighborhood unless we were looking to steal.” I remember holding tightly onto my cousin’s hand as we both cried from fear, and I remember thinking that somehow I was the one at fault. Our “crime” was that we did not move quickly enough for the police offers to be able to ride their horses on the sidewalk.
This was the era of Police Chief Frank Rizzo, who would later go on to be Mayor of Philadelphia. Rizzo gave his officers permission to abuse and deal with minorities any way that they saw fit. Fortunately for me and my cousin, another police officer came along and instructed the officers to stop. All three officers were white. While the officers who pinned us to the store believed we deserved to be abused, and while the Police Chief encouraged this behavior in his department.
My real life experience is one that is all too common in black America today, and we have seen this come to light in the wake of the George Floyd murder. In a time where we desperately need meaningful reform, we have unfortunately been met with hollow rhetoric. George Floyd was far from perfect. He was a flawed individual. But he did not deserve to be killed in the street, gasping for air and begging for his mother. After his death, there was a brief moment of unity—people from all walks of life, all sides of the political spectrum came together to call for change. For a brief moment, there was a hope that something positive could come from this tragedy. That moment was fleeting, as unity was shattered by violence in the streets and incendiary rhetoric from those on the left.
We have seen a vocal segment of the progressive movement call to “defund the police” and take officers out of public schools. The recent cry for dismantling our law enforcement will do nothing but harm our communities that need them most. This will harm black communities in terms of safety, but also economically. Who will want to grow or start a business in an neighborhood where there is nobody to protect their store in the event of a robbery? Who will want to re-build in a neighborhood knowing that the next sign of racial injustice will be the spark to a literal flame? The return on investment will not be worth it thanks to the extreme actions of the few.
We need leadership. We need real solutions. Many of the city leaders in Milwaukee remain silent, which indicates support for the riots, decreases the message of the peaceful protestors who are fighting for change, and shows more disrespect for the majority of law enforcement who are doing the job right. Nearly every single city experiencing unrest right now is ran entirely by Democrats that refuse to work with the community to grow stronger relationships between law enforcement and the citizens they've sworn to protect. The City of Philadelphia, where I was pinned to a storefront by police horses as a child, has been run by Democrats since 1952. The City of Milwaukee has been run by Democrats since 1960. We won’t achieve change by voting for more of the same. Our leaders fail to offer meaningful solutions, and instead fall back on the same tired cliches we have grown used to hearing over the years.
So what can we do? If we aren't going to dismantle the police force, how can we achieve change through policy? Here are some reforms that I would support:
1.) We can start by eliminating qualified immunity. Qualified immunity provides cover for bad cops and allows them to get worse because they know that there will be no consequences for their actions. By removing this protection, police departments might spend more time and money on training officers so that they don’t become financial liabilities due to their misconduct. They will also be able to better hold officers accountable for their actions.
2.) Reform police unions who often protect bad cops and encourage their colleagues not to speak out against misconduct within the department.
3.) Address over-criminalization, such as the criminalizing of mental health. Officers are often over-burdened by additional federal laws and this leads to overpolicing. It not only burdens the officers, but also our healthcare system and tax payers.
4.) Support programs that encourage police officers to actually live in the community that they serve. It is difficult to build strong, positive relationships between the police department and the community when the officers aren’t familiar with the groups of people they are protecting.
5.) Continue to support school choice programs so that we can dismantle the school to prison pipeline.
We have a real opportunity to affect change in this country, but it’s never going to happen if our only solution is to “defund the police.” We need ideas, we need substance. And on August 11th, we have an opportunity to make these changes and support a candidate who will stand with law enforcement while also supporting solutions to repair the relationship between the police department and the community. Go to the polls and vote Cindy Werner for Congress!
May 31st, 2020
"When Will It Stop?"
A few days ago, two peaceful protests were held in Milwaukee where citizens exercised their 1st Amendment rights to peacefully assemble in response to the police killings of George Floyd and Joel Acevedo. In the beginning, the protestors did a great job of remaining civil, seeking justice and change. As night fell, those that had the intention to turn the message into madness began rioting and looting.
They destroyed a Boost Mobile store that is owned by a black woman. They stole upwards of $700,000 worth of merchandise from Trend Benderz, leaving the owner wondering how he will ever recover. The Walgreens on the Northside was broken into and looted without thought to the many elderly in the community who rely on the pharmacy for their medication.
The impact of these random (or in some cases) planned acts of violence do nothing to help the cause--the second those buildings burn, so does the memory of those you're fighting for. The impact may not have a direct impact on those doing the looting, some of whom are not even from Milwaukee, but it will have a profound and lasting impact on the community. And not a positive one.
This Walgreens might be closed temporarily, or they might close down forever. The clerks, managers, pharmacists, and other employees that work there? They're now out of a job after we've just gotten the state to start opening up. Many people in the community rely on that Walgreens for medicine, and now they won't have that access during the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. The family of that Boost Mobile who have poured everything into that store, how do they rebuild from this? These businesses were already dealing with the economic destruction of a pandemic, but now they have to deal with the physical destruction of their business too.
How do these businesses rebuild? Will they even want to rebuild? Is it worth it for them to rebuild in the community? Will the action of rioting and looting encourage other businesses to come into the community?
Many times, I hear folks ask why big grocery stores don't build in black communities. I hear them ask why we don't have access to high paying jobs in the neighborhood. I hear them wonder why it is they need to take two buses just to go and pick up a prescription. A big reason for that is the ignorance and actions of the few have a profound impact on the many. Large stores and high paying jobs don't want to invest in a community that might burn them down.
We need to come together. Yes, we can come together to achieve justice. But we also need to acknowledge that destroying our own neighborhood is not justice. We need to be able to also come together with the neighborhood grocery store owner and help protect his livelihood from looting. We need our so-called leaders to speak out against this behavior and demand accountability, both for officers who should be held to the highest standard, but also for us. If they don't speak up, if they don't lead, then it will never stop. Every time there is an incident of loss of life due to police brutality, there will be peaceful protests. And unfortunately, there will be those who use these protests as an opportunity to "get theirs" at the continued expense of our community. What's worse is that often, the violence is organized by professional agitators with no ties to our city.
We need change. But while it's one thing to chant "No justice, no peace," we need to acknowledge that shattered glass and ashes is not justice, and it will not bring about peace. I weep for my community. I weep for the families of those who are hurting right now. But I will carry on.
May 23rd, 2020
"You Ain't Black"
In an interview on The Breakfast Club, Joe Biden told millions of African Americans "you ain't black" if you aren't sure who to vote for this fall. For decades, the Democratic Party has held this belief that they are entitled to our votes simply because of the color of our skin. As a black woman who is a proud member of the Republican Party, this isn't the first time that I have heard this racist rhetoric thrown around. The left loves to try and shame black Republicans for not falling in line-- I've been called a turncoat and a traitor for not supporting Barack Obama during his first run for president. Nothing infuriates the Democratic machine more than when a black person chooses to think differently than how they're "supposed to think." They tell us that we aren't "black enough" simply because of who we choose to vote for and what we believe in. The Democratic Party does not get to decide our worth as people of color. They do not get to determine my value as a black woman or say that I'm less black simply because I choose to believe in Republican values.
The Republican Party was born out of the abolitionist movement to free the slaves. The Republican Party pushed through the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The Republican Party has been the driving force behind school choice legislation in this country so that all children can attend quality schools regardless of their zip code. Under a Republican president, we achieved record low black unemployment in this country.
So while Joe Biden and the Democrats believe that they are the arbiters of race in this country and they can try and shame me for what I believe in, I would like to speak the truth and shed some light on their policies that have hurt the black community: From 1994-1998, then Senator Biden teamed up with segregationist Strom Thurmond on a series of "tough on crime" legislation, passing a law which created the disparity in penalties between those caught with crack cocaine (black people) and those caught with powder cocaine (white people). Biden authored the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, legislation which was even referred to as the "Biden Crime Bill," the largest crime bill that has ever passed. Cumulatively, this black-targeted and black community enforced legislation led to the incarceration of a generation of black Americans, devastated black families, and laid the groundwork for mass incarceration--an epidemic that we are still facing today.
In April 2020, Congresswoman Gwen Moore endorsed Joe Biden for the Democratic nomination for President. Just last week, Rep. Moore introduced the former Vice President at his virtual rally, calling Biden "one of us." Since his comments on black voters not being black if they even consider voting for Trump, Congresswoman Moore has yet to hold Joe Biden accountable for his racist remarks.
Politicians like Biden have always thought that they can try and shame me and other black voters when what we believe in does not fit their narrative. I grew up confident enough in myself to not let this foolishness get to me. At the end of the day, I'm black enough for my mother and that's black enough for me.
May 13th, 2020
Wisconsin Supreme Court says: "Open Wisconsin Now"
In a 4-3 ruling this Wednesday afternoon, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that Governor Evers's DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm's extension of the Safer at Home Order was unconstitutional. This is the correct ruling. As someone who has campaigned from Milwaukee to Buffalo County in support of candidates who support an originalist interpretation of the Constitution, Cindy Werner shares the joy of thousands of business owners and individuals in the 4th District whose lives can start returning to normal. Cindy proudly stands with the Constitution and with liberty, and she supports the majority opinion of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
The Safer at Home Order was a slippery slope that infringed upon our rights and liberties, and for many individuals across the state and across the 4th Congressional District, they were not in fact "safer at home." Milwaukee's homicide rate is up 96% compared to this time last year. Just two weeks ago, Milwaukee was rocked by a quintuple homicide in which three of the victims were teenagers who, ordinarily, would have been in school. Instances of domestic abuse have increased. In the latest Marquette Law Poll, they found that 29% of African Americans have lost their jobs and 48% had family members who have lost their jobs. The draconian response to this virus has severely harmed many people in our community.
Over the past few weeks, Cindy has been reaching out and helping children who did not feel "safer at home" because of the abuses and traumas they experience at home. While school was an escape for them, they have been trapped over the past few weeks. We are doing way more harm than good with our response to this virus. Fortunately, the Supreme Court has ruled that enough is enough and that it is time for Wisconsin to reopen again.
May 4th, 2020
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen government go to great lengths to expand its power over the people. Here in Wisconsin, we have reached nearly 20% unemployment over a virus that is fatal to less than 1% if the patients that get it. The virus is serious, but we cannot let the cure be worse than the disease. Many more Americans are being harmed by government's response to the virus than the virus itself.
And while our elected officials and government leaders force Wisconsin businesses to close, they continue to collect their paycheck. While thousands of Wisconsinites in the 4th District struggled with the economic and societal impacts of this virus, Gwen Moore's fellow House Democrats, led by Nancy Pelosi, did everything they could to block relief to small business owners via the Paycheck Protection Plan (PPP).
Meanwhile, Cindy Werner has been out there fighting for your rights and our economic freedom. We cannot continue to let the government hold our businesses and our lives hostage. It is time to Unmask Wisconsin and begin the re-opening of our great state!
If you agree that we need to re-open Wisconsin for business, sign the petition and send a message to our elected officials.
"Hold our Government Accountable"
In February of 2019, The MacIver Institute published a report detailing the enormous raises that Governor Evers handed out to his cabinet secretaries. Among those salaries was a 13% pay raise ($17,000/year) for DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm, the same DHS secretary who is ordering the shutdown of Wisconsin's economy. While Wisconsinites are forced to close businesses and go without pay for an indefinite amount of time, Andrea Palm and other Madison bureaucrats continue to collect their lofty, tax-payer funded salaries. If we are truly "in this together," shouldn't we expect that our government meets us where we're at?
Cindy spoke in Madison last week, urging lawmakers to re-open Wisconsin for business.
Sign this petition and demand that we hold our government accountable. If ordinary Wisconsinites are forced to struggle during this time, it's only fair that the people behind the shutdowns are able to understand this struggle themselves.
"It is time for us to get Wisconsin re-opened!"
4th Congressional District candidate Cindy Werner addressed thousands of protestors this Friday in front of the Wisconsin Capitol Building at the Re-Open Wisconsin Rally. Werner told the story of her 89 year old mother, who was at first unable to get the proper healthcare she needed for her kidney stones.
"My mother who is 89 years old, they considered her surgery not to be necessary—not to be essential. Can you imagine your parent being 89 years old and in pain because of kidney stones?" Werner said to the sympathetic crowd. "She actually had to be unresponsive for an ambulance to come and take her to the hospital," she continued. Cindy's mother was fortunately able to get the procedure done and is recovering.
Cindy shared a story that many Americans are experiencing right now--the struggle for proper healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic and the struggle of trying to give your elderly parent or grandparent the care and love they deserve from a distance. There are thousands of Wisconsinites who are currently unable to receive their necessary care because hospitals have decided to delay elective procedures due to the virus. The result of this decision is that hospitals are furloughing staff while citizens are unable to get treatment for their conditions. Cindy understands the people of the 4th District cannot afford to have procedures like mammograms or reconstructive surgeries delayed. People are living with very real pain, and it should not be the decision of government to decide whether or not your pain or your condition is important enough to be addressed. That decision belongs to the individual and to those families.
The area in Wisconsin that is the hardest hit with the coronavirus has been Milwaukee. Not only are we experiencing the highest number of cases in the state, but we are also witnessing thousands of businesses struggle to stay afloat thanks to the draconian measures being taken here in Wisconsin. Our representatives have not done nearly enough to support these small businesses during this time of need, and Cindy knows that the 4th District needs someone who is willing to fight for these business owners who have invested their livelihoods into something that is being taken away from them without any solution in sight. Cindy Werner is willing to fight. She went to Madison to communicate with Wisconsin's leaders and fight for a plan to re-open the state, and with your vote, she will go to Washington and continue to this fight for liberty and economic freedom.
Only in America can one still protest/march for something they support or do not support. On Oct 10 I was attending a rally in Minneapolis, MN. Inside the Target Center there was a sense of pride of our country. Outside the Target Center there were those who were burning Trump apparel, calling Trump supporters nasty names. Had one guy say to me "you are a traitor to your race". Really? Blocking attendees departure, spitting on elderly people and the list goes on and on. Where everyone has the right to support or not support an issue or a person. ONE DOES NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO VIOLATE THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS! Attached are articles for you to read and if you feel the way I do, then please volunteer to help get me elected to congress. We have to stop the madness and get those of us who believe in the Rule of Law, Our Constitution and still support the rights of others elected into congress. Please join me. Thanks and have a blessed day.
Saturday, October 12, 2019 6:16 AM
March For Trump - Most Of All March For America
Join us as we march to support President Trump most importantly We March To Support America!
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 11:20 AM
She Supports Impeachment!? Yep Gwen Moore Does!
On Sunday, September 30th, U.S. Representative Gwen Moore endorsed unsubstantiated calls for the President’s impeachment. She continues to exhibit a limited ability to equally represent the interests of all her District 4 constituents. An impartial leader would have refrained from “jumping on the bandwagon” and would have waited for evidence before proceeding with any sort of criminal accusations. Even after witnessing the exoneration backed by an extensive three-year, $40 million investigation, Moore appears emotionally tied to her claims, expressing a strong disdain for President Trump. Milwaukee can never become a thriving city unless its leaders are committed to making quality decisions based on truth, and that’s something Gwen Moore just can’t do for you.
In the past few years, the attempts to tarnish Trump’s character are almost countless. In recent news, the current hoax uses a conversation with the Ukrainian president to accuse President Trump of questionable foreign relations. Read the transcript yourself; don’t take the media’s word at face value. In my opinion, there is no evidence of criminal activity communicated between the two leaders. In fact, this call brings attention to the very likely corrupt doings of Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. It’s the duty of the President, as the leader of the Executive Branch, to enforce the laws in America. That’s just what he’s doing. President Clinton would only have to agree, as he signed a 1998 treaty with Ukraine pledging America’s help in exposing corruption.
Readers, we are in a war. It’s a war not fought with weapons and bombs, or troops and armies. This is a civil war for the heart of America. Today we face increasing numbers of socialist democrats and the effects of their policies on our nation. We can already see where we’re headed, and it’s not towards prosperity. The President has led this fight, but he needs a team of leaders who are willing to work with him and ensure that American values persist for ages. On paper, the Constitution of the United States is what binds us together, but we need to unite in the present – here and now.
here for you. I’m here for Milwaukee. I’m here for Wisconsin and the
perseveration of America. I’m willing to fully represent the 4th Congressional District in our state and work with real leaders. I’m ready to
end the continued assault on our God-given freedoms. Work with me and protect
our values! We are Pro-America, and we will win!
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Tuesday, August 6, 2019 4:33 PM