MADISON, Wis. — A number of companies alongside Capitol Sq. boarded up their storefronts in preparation of attainable protests this weekend.
CEO of YWCA Madison Vanessa McDowell mentioned she is hoping any protests that occur stay peaceable however boarded up her enterprise out of warning to guard what she and the YWCA stands for.
“With our mission to remove racism and empower girls, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all, throughout this time, we actually may very well be a goal,” McDowell mentioned. “So I actually wish to ensure we defend our employees, defend our residents from any hazard or violence that will occur.”
McDowell mentioned she didn’t board up her enterprise throughout the Black Lives Matter protests over the summer season. She mentioned the motives behind the protests can’t be in contrast.
“What occurred in the summertime was about racial justice. This time round, it’s extra of a hate rhetoric that’s occurring and a hate for folks of shade,” McDowell mentioned. “We’re placing this up as a precaution. This isn’t to take a worry stance. However as a frontrunner I needed to decide to guard my people. It’s been fully uncontrolled what we’ve seen at our nation’s capitol. I actually hope issues don’t get out of hand in Madison, however you by no means know.”
A number of different downtown companies informed Information 3 Now that they’re selecting to not board up their storefronts, hoping that nothing occurs and any protests that do occur stay peaceable.
A handful of downtown Madison companies boarded up their storefronts out of warning for potential protests on the State Capitol this weekend.
Madison’s Central Enterprise Enchancment District Govt Director Tiffany Kenney mentioned, “Many companies are taking steps to prepare for the potential of protests for the weekend. Some are stocking up on stock, some are planning to be closed.”
McDowell mentioned, “It’s actually ironic and unhappy that we’re embarking upon Martin Luther King’s birthday on Monday and often it’s a celebration of how far we’ve come, however on this state of affairs, I actually am reflecting on how far we’ve gone backwards.”
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