In the wake of the violent and destructive protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, folloing the shooting of Jacob Blake, the town's Mayor, John Antaramian, is now asking for $30 million to re-build and re-invest in Kenosha.
Look at how much outrageous damage and violence can cause in one week…wow.
This proves now more than ever that this upcoming election is one of the (if not the most inportaint) elections our country has ever had.
Read on to find out more:
TMJ-4 shares the story and what is happening in Kenosha:
City of Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian announced Sunday, Aug. 30 he has requested $30 million in state funding from Governor Tony Evers "to help the City of Kenosha rebuild and heal after the week of violence and damage experienced particularly in the downtown, uptown and surrounding areas of the city."
“Kenosha is a safe community with hardworking individuals who are mourning and facing immense tragedy and devastation,'' said Mayor Antaramian in a news release Sunday. “We’re asking the state and community partners to help rebuild what was lost and to invest in programs and training for our young people.”
Kenosha fire officials reported 37 fires set on Monday night, Aug. 24 in the wake of the police shooting of Jacob Blake on Sunday. The following night, two people were fatally shot, allegedly by 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse of Antioch, Illinois.
Fox 6 shares words from the mayor, explanting that the money they are seeking would be used to rebuild and reinvest in the town:
“Kenosha is a safe community with hardworking individuals who are mourning and facing immense tragedy and devastation,'' said Mayor John Antaramian, in a press release. “We’re asking the state and community partners to help rebuild what was lost and to invest in programs and training for our young people.”
Emergency curfew extended in Kenosha through Tuesday
The damage, according to Antaramarian, has been caused by violent demonstrators and rioters, who he says are "led largely by people from outside the city."
The Kenosha Police Department on Sunday said that 175 people had been arrested in connection to the unrest in Kenosha. Of that, 102 of the people arrested had addresses listed outside of the city.
“The City of Kenosha has experienced a significant economic impact, both our small business owners and large corporate tenants who have lived and worked here for generations,” said Common Council President David Bogdala in a press release. “We need to move quickly to provide aid to our local businesses so we can get people back to work and enjoying our beautiful city.”
The city plans to use the money requested to cover property damage, housing and business revitalization, and costs incurred by the city during the recent unrest.
Some more facts from theMilwaukee Buiness Journal reports:
The city also plans to use the funding for initiatives that will encourage new businesses to invest in the area and costs incurred by the city during the recent violence.
Within the first 24 hours of civil unrest in Kenosha, Downtown Kenosha Inc., the nonprofit that manages economic development efforts and business support for the Kenosha Lakeshore business improvement district, sourced $20,000 worth of plywood to help board up damaged local business, but to also shield other stores from potential damages, said Jennifer Dooley-Hogan, board president of DKI and principal of Kenosha-based marketing firm Dooley & Associates.
The nonprofit is also partnering with other organizations to launch a match fundraising campaign of $1 million to support small businesses in Kenosha that have been damaged or will suffer economic losses due to being boarded up.
Meanwhile, Lou Molitor, president of the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce, said his office has been busy connecting member businesses interested in offering services, office space and other support to other businesses that have been damaged.