Saturday, May 9, 2015

" Bray Center Funding Cut, Leaders Say Politics at Play"

From Racine County Eye:

By Heather Asiyanbi in Community, Government · May 8, 2015

"Nearly 75 percent of the funding for the nonprofit George Bray Center was cut Thursday from the state budget on a party line vote in the Joint Committee on Finance.

"With a 12-4 vote, lawmakers slashed $124,350 from the Center’s budget among other cuts to youth diversion grant funding, a story in The Journal Times reads. The cut represents every dollar of state funding the center had been receiving.

"Racine County Eye reached out to Assembly Speaker Robin Vos for comment, and we will update this story when we hear from him.

"Executive Director Jameel Ghuari told the newspaper he thinks politics are at the center of the cut, particularly the Bray Center’s voter registration efforts.

"'We believe people should have the right to participate in a democracy. This is an attempt to stop that,' he is quoted as saying.

"Despite the cut, Ghuari stressed that nothing would change at the George Bray Center – which operates as a separate entity from the City of Racine and always has since it was founded in 1961, the story continues."

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Jameel, go for crowdfunding.  There are projects far less worthy than the Bray Center that have been given hundreds of thousands of dollars.


OrbsCorbs said...

I am so sick of this bullshit, the poor carrying the rich on their backs.

The Bray Center has probably saved lives and definitely changed others.

Please put down your $50 cigar a moment and write a check to the Bray Center, 924 Center St, Racine, WI 53403 (262) 770-4906. These kids need our help.

kkdither said...

There sure appears to be some very dirty politics and racial hate and classism happening, not just in Racine, but a common thread of us vs. them.

We seem to be able to afford luxury items and tax breaks for the ubers.... but god forbid, we help those in need. They are choosing this lifestyle of working 3 jobs to support their kids. Right.

OKIE said...

But let's make sure Menard gets all the money. Such BS.

OrbsCorbs said...

kk, that snarkiness keeps us all in a state of "fight or flight" when we can do neither.