Common Council Archives

Milwaukee Common Council approves “I can’t breathe” resolution

June 18, 2020

On Tuesday, June 16, 2020, the full Common Council voted unanimously in approving a resolution urging the Fire and Police Commission to adopt a policy addressing any “I can’t breathe” plea by an individual who is in police custody. The resolution was introduced by Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II in response to the recent death… [Read More]

Ald. Cavalier Johnson elected Milwaukee Common Council president in 8-7 vote

April 23, 2020

On an 8-7 vote, Milwaukee Ald. Cavalier “Chevy” Johnson was elected Common Council president, succeeding Ald. Ashanti Hamilton. Late last week, Hamilton, who had been seeking re-election to the council’s leadership role, dropped out of the race and instead endorsed Ald. Milele Coggs. The public split broke with recent precedent in which the race for… [Read More]

A View From The Top: Celebrating Five Decades of Common Council Leadership

March 29, 2018

On Thursday, March 22, 2018, Marquette University, Avenues West Association and Near West Side Partners presented a luncheon entitled, “A View From The Top: Five Decades of Common Council Leadership,” at the Tripoli Shrine Center, 3000 West Wisconsin Ave. The luncheon was a historic conversation with the past and present African American Common Council presidents,… [Read More]

Double-take on Fire and Police Commission nominee

March 28, 2013

The controversy and delay in the appointment of Ann Wilson to the Fire and Police Commission (FPC) was “due to the Common Council injecting politics into the Fire and Police Commission, and we try to avoid that,” FPC FPC executive director Michael Tobin said. Historically, for mayoral appointments the Common Council has always had the… [Read More]