State government here is considering a bill, SB207/AB286, that will permanently economically disenfranchise over 62,000 Wisconsinites who have been convicted of felonies. The bill makes it legal for employers to discriminate against them, not only in the hiring process, but also to terminate them from jobs where they are already employed whether or not their felony conviction is substantially related to the job. It would also ban cities and municipalities from creating laws to protect constituents from this type of discrimination. The bill has already passed the Assembly and is on its way to becoming law.
Occupy the Hood, Milwaukee, is responding with a campaign designed to kill the bill. The following are videos from a community meeting and press conference with organizers and activists in Milwaukee, along with testimony from a public hearing in Madison: