Hudson School District response to open records request:  Click here.


Click here for Hudson School Board meeting of  March 13, 2017 Approximately Hour 1:25 Curricular Review Report.

Click here (Google Drive) or here for Hudson School District Board of Education Merged Controversial Curriculum Documents.

Click here (Google Drive) or here for Hudson School District Board of Education April 10, 2017 Curriculum Review Process Update.

Click here for Hudson School Board of Education April 10, 2017, meeting Curriculum Review Status Report Approximately Minute 53:18 - Hour 1:11:30

Click here for Hudson School District response to second open records request.

Disc 1 Click here.

Disc 2 Click here.

Disc 3 Click here.

Disc 4 Click here.

Disc 5 Click here.

Click here for Wisconsin Public Records Law Compliance Guide.

Click here for Christian Action Network Press Release "U.S. Department of Education Indoctrinates Students Into Islam."

Letters to Editor




Hudson (WI) Common Council, Inclusion Resolution information (archived)

Click here for a direct link to:  St. Croix County Board of Supervisors, February 7, 2017, video

Public comments are at the beginning, Sjoberg comments are at the end of the meeting about 3:10:00

(unofficial, partial transcript)

Sjoberg:  … The second announcement.  With respect to what this public institution should do or say about our documented and undocumented population and potential refugees that may reside in the county, the matter remains under study.  Presently, there is no organized group of county officials or staff examining this issue.  Any movement on this subject will be handled in compliance with our state’s open meeting laws,

and the subject matter may be one for our HHS or for public protection or for the Administration Committee to consider. Third, on the subject that I raised at the last meeting of the living wage ordinance like the one that’s in Eau Claire County, that would be placed on the agenda for the Administration Committee if and when it comes up. …


Click here for a direct link to:  St. Croix County Board of Supervisors, February 7, 2017, general meeting agenda and agenda packet


Click here for direct link to:  St. Croix County Board of Supervisors Administration Committee meeting January 18, 2017 Citizens for the St. Croix Valley public comments begin at approximately Minute 5:55

(All Letters to the Editor are to the Hudson Star Observer, Hudson, Wisconsin, unless noted differently. The list below is just a sample of the letters to the editor available online.


2018.1.4 Click here for Dr. Brux column "Refugees, immigrants, DACA and racism"; Hudson Star Observer​  pledge of journalistic ethics

2017.12.28 Click here and here for letters to the editor.  Viewpoint:  What is  Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), and how is it impacting our community?--RoxAnn Klugman; (Of confident Christians--Tony Bol; A holiday treat just for me--Eden Penn)

2017.12.21 Click here and here for letters to the editor.  Viewpoint:  (Oh, the space weather outside is frightful--Bill Leber; Hoping for a taxpayer revolt--Darla Meyers)

2017.12.14  Click here and here for letters to the editor.  Click here for Bruch column.

2017.12.7 Click here, here and here for letters to the editor and Opinion (Choose the minority--Glenn Melcein; The truth about corporate income taxes--RoxAnn Klugman; A systemic problem exists--Eden Penn;  A negative stronghold on Hudson--Tony Bol; Comparison are amazing things--Meredith Berg)

2017.11.29 Click here and here for letters to the editor (Hellbent on embracing tolerance, diversity--Pat Sabin; Fear drives some--Eden Penn; What does the Qur'an really say?--Darla Meyers; The Truth about Thanksgiving--Meredith Berg; , Viewpoint and Tuberculosis strain hits St. Croix County).  Click here for "Use of Data" article.

2017.11.22 Click here and here for letters to the editor (Current tax bill--Deborah Monicken; Inclusion resolution support--LaVonne McCombie; Care out loud--Tony Bol; Those who seek to destroy our way of life--Eden Penn; Hate into our valley--Kerry Geurkink; Not the place for insults--David Hammond)

2017.11.15 Click here and here for letters to the editor (Three cheers for three religions--Tony Bol; The Truth About Estate Taxes--RoxAnn Klugman; Little Benefit to Estate Taxes--Dan Schulke)  Viewpoint (Facts or emotions?--Darla Meyers

2017.11.9 Click here (Viewpoint--Eden Penn); Click here and here Letters to the editor (A comment on a 'View from an economist'--Larry Donna; Tax cut and jobs act--Roy Sjoberg)

2017.11.5 Click here (Dan Bushman--Hudson Must Do Better; Mike Yell--Concept of Distinction; Eden Penn--Inclusion Resolution for All; RoxAnn Klugman--Tax cuts increase prosperity and revenue for government; William Leber--A rebuttal of Dr. Brux tax cut column)  Click here for "You're Fired--Bob Boesel.

2017.10.29 Click here (Jason Rae--To Hudson City Council; Darla Meyers--Protesting Too much; Eden Penn--I think we can call it fear; Kerry Geurkink--Vote 'yes' for inclusion; Dianne Joachim--Citizens is not a hate group; Jim Coach--There is another side to 'the other side')

2017.10.23 Click here (Meredith Berg--There's another side; Joan Bruski--Regarding last week's letter)

2017.10.16 Click here (Elisabeth Nelson--Venezuela is a failed state because of socialism); (Meg Heaton--Readers beware: fact or fiction); (Tony Bol--How afraid are we?)

2017.10.8 Click here (Darla Meyers--Adult Bullying Tactics)

2017.10.1 Click here (Celeste Koeberl--Common Decency); (Tony Bol--Congratulations River Falls); (Pat Swanson--Apology to Mayor)

2017.9.22 Click here (Pat Swanson--Hudson Mayor calls for Inclusion Resolution--note Swanson's apology to Mayor 2017.10.1)

2017.9.17 Click here (Darla Meyers--Hypocrisy of their words)

2017.9.4 Click here (John Ramstad--All must share in the bounty); (Pat Sabin--Demonizing good people)

2017.8.27 Click here  (Darla Meyers--Really is the Exclusion Resolution)

2017.8.21 Click here (Tony Bol--Read proposed inclusion resolution)

2017.7.30 Click here (Jack and Julie Kenefick--Discover real immigration stories); (Tony Bol--Actively welcome diversity)

2017.7.26 Click here (Tony Mata--Immigrants valuable to economy)

2017.6.21 Click here (Meredith Berg--How many lost to abortion?)

2017.6.14 Click here (Gerard Weingartner--'Livable wage' proposal comments); (Meredith Berg--Is there something we should know?) (Lee Brown--County raising taxes)

2017.5.19 Click here (Deborah Monicken--Rainbow flags)

2017.5.3 Click here (Pat Sabin--Agenda 21 wants your kids); (Ron Watts--Hate the flag, not the people)

2017.3.8 Click here (Gerry Lancette--Response to sanctuary)

2017.3.1 Click here  (Pat Sabin--Affordable care?); (Darla Meyers--A Grave Difference)

2017.2.22 Click here (Gerry Lancette--Sanctuary defined); (Thomas Wulf--The real threat)

2017.2.15 Click here (Roy Sjoberg--Hudsonites, who are we?); (Marybeth Lorbiecki Mataya--Tale of two notes); (Jacqueline Niccum--Care with the 'Obama' in it)

2017.2.8 Click here(Phyllis Goldin--Sad day)

2017.1.25 Click here (Dianne Joachim--Are Christian churches bowing to Islam?); (Sere Leber--Concerned citizen of SCC)

2017.1.18 Click here  (Darla Meyers--Should we welcome all?)

2017.12.21 Click here  (Kathy Coulter--Resettlement questions)

2017.12.14 Click here (Darla Meyers--Need more information on refugees); (Meredith Berg--Religion benefits economy;) (Pat Sabin--Think again on refugees); (Sarah Yacoub--Walking the Walk)

2017.12.7 Click here   (Skip James--Let's be neighborly); (Paul Deziel--We stand with love)

2017.11.20 Click here (Kathy Colony--Why can't we do both?); (Pastor John and Janet Lestock--Share the blessings); (Katy and Graeme Bloor--Time to come together)





























Hudson, Wisconsin, school district archives




Click here for the October 16, 2017, Hudson Common Council video (or on the right).  Citizen comments begin at 1:50.  Click here for unofficial, non-verbatim, partial transcript of Tony Bol comments.  Bol begins speaking at approximately 7:55.

​​The October 5, 2017, Hudson Common Council Public Safety Committee voted 2-1 against the Inclusion Resolution, and voted 3-0 against the non-Sanctuary Resolution.  However, there is a potential of a Proclamation being pursued.  At this time, the procedure or wording is unknown.  The video has not yet been posted.
The Plan Committee voted unanimously October 3 to reject the Inclusion Resolution. At the October 2 Finance Committee meeting, the vote/recommendation on the Inclusion Resolution was postponed until the city attorney researches and renders her opinion on Wisconsin State Statutes with regard to the role of the Common Council. 

Click here for Monday, October 2; and Tuesday October 3; and Thursday October 5, meetings with Hudson Finance Committee and Hudson Common Council; and Hudson Plan Commission meeting for October 3 regarding discussion and possible action on the proposed Inclusion Resolution; October 5, Hudson Public Safety, Discussion and possible action on Inclusion Resolution and Non-Sanctuary Resolution.

MEETING BETWEEN THE RIVER FALLS COMMON COUNCIL AND THE RIVER FALLS, REPRESENTATIVES ON THE PIERCE AND ST. CROIX COUNTY BOARDS, September 12,
2017, 5 p.m., Training Room, City Hall, 222 Lewis Street, River Falls, WI. Click here for agenda.  Note 4b, Transportation Projects.
September 14, 2017, 9:00 a.m., St. Croix County Board Transit Planning Subcommittee, St. Croix County Ag Service/Ed Center, Suite 141, 1960 8th Ave., Baldwin, Wisconsin.  Click here for St. Croix County Board Transit Planning Subcommittee agenda, and here for agenda packet.

September 7, 2017, Click here for Hudson Common Council Public Safety meeting, #4 Inclusion Resolution; and #5, Non-Sanctuary City Resolution.

September 5, 2017, Click here for St. Croix County Board video.

September 5, 2017, Hudson (WI) Finance Committee meeting, 6:30 p.m., Hudson City Hall.  Click here for Hudson, WI, Finance Committee Agenda, September 5, 6:30 p.m.  12. Discussion and Possible Action on Proposed Resolutions: A.  Inclusion Resolution; B. Sanctuary City Resolution.

Click here to review Wisconsin Open Records Law, §19.31 et seq., Open Records Request.

Click here to listen to Hudson Common Council Plan Commission comments, August 22, 2017, beginning about 45 seconds in to Minute 5:40.

Click here to listen to Hudson Common Council citizen comments, August 21, 2017, approximately 1:27.

Click here to listen to Hudson Common Council August 7, 2017, approximately 22:15 regarding so-called "Inclusion Resolution." Click here for more background information.

Click here to listen to Tucker Carlson interview: Advocate: Dept. of Education Funding Materials About Islamic Faith

Click here for Catholic Action Network News Release:  CAN DEMANDS DOE REMOVE ISLAMIC INDOCTRINATION PROGRAM

Click here for the "5 pillars of islam" video cited in above article.


UPDATE:  The Finance Committee voted to advance the draft Ordinance No. 17-17 to the Hudson Common Council.  The Hudson Common Council postponed action on the Draft Ordinance No. 17-17 to the November 20, 2017, Hudson Common Council meeting.

November 6, 2017, 6:15 p.m.; Finance Committee meeting; 7:00 p.m., Hudson Common Council, Hudson City Hall.  Click here for Hudson Finance Committee meeting agenda/documentation; Click here for Hudson Common Council agenda and documentation--note--Inclusion Resolution agenda and documentation information.  Of note:
6. Discussion and Possible Action on Recommendation on Ordinance 17-17: Amending Chapter 23 Establishing the Type of Resolutions that may be considered by the Council
DRAFT ORDINANCE NO. 17-17 CITY OF HUDSON
WHEREAS, in the last several months, the Common Council has received several resolutions that are not required by statute, ordinance, regulation, or rule for administering or conducting statutorily authorized or required city operations or city functions.
WHEREAS, there are many avenues and forums, other than the Common Council, for discussing and addressing the issues raised by these resolutions;
NOW THEREFORE, the Common Council hereby ordains that Chapter 23 of the Code of the City of Hudson shall be amended to add Section 23-19 as follows:
1. The Hudson Common Council will not consider or put any resolutions on the Council agenda except resolutions that are required under state or federal statute, regulation, local ordinance, regulation or rule, for administering, implementing, or carrying out city functions and operations authorized or required under Wisconsin law. Examples of such resolutions that are required by law for conducting city functions or operations include, but are not be limited to, resolutions relating to: special assessment proceedings, proceedings relating to issuing bonds, promissory notes, or other form of municipal borrowing, establishing permit or license fees, tax increment financing, rejection of bids and performing work directly by the city under Wis. Stat. 62.15 (5).
2. Resolutions not fitting within the parameters of Paragraph 1 may be put on the Council agenda only upon a unanimous vote of all the Council members in favor of putting the resolution on the Council agenda. ADOPTED BY THE COMMON COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF HUDSON, WISCONSIN, this _____ day of ______________________, 2017. (signatories)
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Hudson Common Council agenda. Of note:
E. Discussion and Possible Action on Ordinance 17-17 Amending Hudson City Code Chapter 23 Establishing the Type of Resolutions that may be considered by the Council

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Click here for Open Records Request to Hudson Common Council member, Joyce Hall.  Of note: Pages 22-26. Additional here and here.  Click here for unofficial, partial, non-verbatim transcript.

Click here for the October 16, 2017, Hudson Common Council video (or on the right).  Citizen comments begin at 1:50.  Click here for unofficial, non-verbatim, partial transcript of Tony Bol comments.  Bol begins speaking at approximately 7:55.

Click here for University of Wisconsin Colleges open records response/documents.

Click here for Hudson, Wisconsin, School District open records response/documents.

Click here for St. Croix Central, Wisconsin, School District open records response/documents.

Click here for Hudson, Wisconsin, Police reports.

The October 5, 2017, Hudson Common Council Public Safety Committee voted 2-1 against the Inclusion Resolution, and voted 3-0 against the non-Sanctuary Resolution.  However, there is a potential of a Proclamation being pursued.  At this time, the procedure or wording is unknown.  The video has not yet been posted.

The Plan Committee voted unanimously October 3 to reject the Inclusion Resolution. At the October 2 Finance Committee meeting, the vote/recommendation on the Inclusion Resolution was postponed until the city attorney researches and renders her opinion on Wisconsin State Statutes with regard to the role of the Common Council. 

Click here for Hudson Public Safety Committee, October 5, 5:00 p.m., Hudson City Hall,  #4 and #5, Discussion and Possible Action on Inclusion Resolution and Non-Sanctuary City Resolution.

Click here for Hudson Plan Committee October 3, 2017, 7:00 p.m. agenda--Discussion and possible action on Inclusion Resolution.

Click here for Hudson Common Council video from October 2, 2017.

Click here for Hudson Finance Committee video from October 2, 2017.

Click here for Hal Watson, River Falls, WI, City Council, open records documents.

Click here for  Hudson Finance Committee agenda for Monday, October 2, 2017, 6:15 p.m., Hudson City Hall. Discussion and possible action on proposed inclusion resolution.

Click here for Hudson Common Council agenda for Monday, October 2, 2017, 7:00 p.m., Hudson City Hall.

Click here for Hudson Plan Commission agenda for Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 7:00 p.m., Hudson City Hall. Discussion and possible action on proposed inclusion resolution.

Click here for Hudson, WI, Finance Committee Agenda, September 5, 6:30 p.m.  12. Discussion and Possible Action on Proposed Resolutions: A.  Inclusion Resolution; B. Sanctuary City Resolution.

Wisconsin Open Records Law, Â§19.31 et seq., August 7, 2017. Note:  there are several duplicates.  If someone sent a correspondence to all the Hudson Common Council members, that e-mail will be duplicated as many times.  Of interest:  date, e-mail addresses, etc.    Watch the videos first (below) to understand the documentation better. 

Click here for main documentation.

Click here for voicemail from Tony Bol to Joyce Hall.

Click here for cover letter regarding Tony Bol voicemail to Joyce Hall.

Click here, here and here for additional documentation.

August 22, 2017, Hudson Common Council Plan Commission, beginning 45 seconds in until about Minute 5:40.  Click here for the video. 

August 21, 2017, Hudson Common Council meeting, beginning Minute 1:30  citizen comments (Tony Bol). Click here for the video.

August 7, 2017 Hudson Common Council action on Resolution 17-15, tabled and referred to three committees to report back in October.  Discussion begins at 24:33.  Click here for the video.  The three committees are:  Public Safety, Finance, Plan.


Unofficial, non-verbatim transcript of Hudson City Attorney Catherine Munkittrick comments from Hudson Common Council meeting August 7, 2017, beginning approximately minute 22:25

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRs4ADgR5dM&t=1346s with attorney comments beginning approximately 28:50

Hudson City Attorney Catherine Munkittrick:

Yeah, I'd like to make some comments just to give kind of a legal analysis first an overview of the resolution and then just comments on specific portions of the resolution.  It seems to me that the resolution sets up a standard or policy of inclusion as opposed to what's in the Constitution U.S. and Wisconsin Constitutions of non-discrimination and the civil rights laws and this creates a problem for the city precisely because of what Randy said all city elected officials, council members and mayor, have sworn an oath to uphold the U.S. and Wisconsin Constitutions and to the extent that inclusivity is something different than equal protection which is what the Wisconsin and U.S. Constitutions require and protect equal protection of the laws then you might be doing something, first of all, we don't know what inclusivity means in the context of this resolution.  And if it's different from equal protection, then to the extent that it conflicts with equal protection of the laws with respect to persons in the city, it would be unconstitutional and so that is an issue that the city council members need to think about very carefully because under our Constitution, Wisconsin and U.S., it guarantees equal protection of the law not an affirmative, I mean, I don't have a definition for inclusivity but it seems to me to be more of an affirmative action and at the, when the resolution was handed out at the last meeting and even within the context of the resolution it says it's intended to be an active resolution.  I'm not sure what that means but it leads me to believe that there will be certain steps that this resolution will be used to say okay now we want this in implementing the resolution, and it's not clear at this point what action steps those would be. 

The other thing is if this were to be adopted since inclusivity has no definition either in the ordinance or in the law, there's no guidance, there's no body of law, we have, I mean this is when you get into litigation you need to point to something that gives you guidance of how to enforce or interpret a resolution.  There's nothing out there, and you are required to act in accordance with the Constitution, we have a body of law that tells you what those words like equal protection, freedom of speech, or freedom of religious liberty that type of thing, there's a whole body of law that helps, guides the council in carrying out its duties with respect to those Constitutional principles.  There isn't anything for inclusivity. 

Similarly, as Randy said, there's the Constitution and then there's a whole set of federal and state laws that protect against, you know, there's fair employment laws, fair housing laws and anti-discrimination or non-discrimination laws with respect to housing, there's a whole system of agencies that are designed, and that's their role in enforcing those laws, so if the city were going to adopt something like this and then take steps to implement it as it really states in the resolution my question would be is the city going to start enforcing this concept of inclusivity and if so, how is it going to do that.  And there's no real law to guide the city. 

And it's a cost item, I mean, if the city's going to get into litigation and enforcing this type of resolution or any ordinance that is adopted implementing this resolution, there's going to be a cost associated with that.  And then you have to ask yourself, you know, is it necessary given the state and federal system for protecting these rights.  The other thing is the city does have is, the city administrator stated, it has an equal employment opportunity statement in its personnel handbook, it affirmatively states that hiring and all employment decisions will be made based on merit, ability and qualifications for the position, not on any protected class, it states an intent and obligation to comply with all the laws, protecting against discrimination on all these class protected classifications, so that's already in the city personnel policy.  The Hudson Police Department has a similar statement with respect to enforcing the law, equal law enforcement without regard to protected classes of persons, the library has a statement that all its rooms and facilities are available to everyone regardless of persons, so there's already a fair amount of policies in place at the city level for city government that protects the Constitutional rights and civil rights of residents and employees, etc., of the citizens of Hudson. 

So I worry about the vagueness and just the untethered concept of inclusivity.  It's not tethered to any body of law that we can use to interpret it, I worry about what steps are contemplated that may come before the council to implement this resolution because it's stated that it's an active resolution.  I even have concerns, about, for example, the title of the resolution it says it's going to, it's to endorse and implement an inclusion statement and plan within the city limits of Hudson?  It raises the question are we talking about something that's going to affect and be imposed on businesses or, you know, other than the state laws, is it just about city government or is it something that's going to apply city wide to private business that's different from the laws that they are already subject to; and, if so, it's not stated in the resolution and adoption of the resolution, you would be signing onto something that you really don't know what it is, so that's a problem. 

There's other just questions I have what does it mean to create equal opportunities, we have a system of hiring based on merit, ability, qualifications, creating sounds like something more than that with respect to the different classifications of people.  I myself had the question when I read the resolution is safe city for all, it doesn't say sanctuary city, but it raises the question of will that be an ordinance that is proposed then as a means of implementing this resolution, and if so, that has consequences on the city.   I'm not sure if it's been passed but there's legislation at the state level penalizing municipalities and governmental entities that adopt sanctuary city ordinances, and there is discussion at the federal level with respect to DOJ Department of Justice grants and so forth that they will be withheld.  It's discussion at this point, but, and I don't know what our police department gets, but that would have an impact on the city. 

I don't know what does it mean to be explicitly welcoming, I mean, when you're doing it in a resolution that's designed to be active, what is the next ordinance that's going to be proposed that, you know, implements that, those are the main questions and concerns that I have.  And the cost, I guess, once you get into this area, well, the Constitutional implications, you know, potential Constitutional violations implications, and just the cost of any litigation that the city may get in in whatever implementation is pursued with respect to this resolution. 

The other thing is, most times resolutions are not enforced as an ordinance, you know, it's not like there's any penalty provision or fine or anything like that, however, this ordinance says it's immediately effective upon adoption, and I don't know what that means, it's some resolutions are enforceable, like a special assessment resolution, so I worry that someone would use just the resolution as it is as a basis for making a claim against the city.  It's just so unknown, and in my view with the state and federal system, and the Constitutional system, and the policies in place, I don't know that it's necessary, and it opens up a Pandora's box of legal issues.

Munkittrick comments end at about 39:25

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRs4ADgR5dM&t=1908s
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Agenda August 7, 2017, 7 p.m., Hudson City Hall:  http://www.ci.hudson.wi.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_08072017-789

Location:  Hudson City Hall, 505 3rd St., Hudson, WI 54016  715-387-4765 http://www.ci.hudson.wi.us/index.aspx?nid=114

Click here for the Hudson WI Common Council July 17, 2017, video.
Mayor & Council Email addresses:
Mayor O'Connor:   mayor@ci.hudson.wi.us  Phone: 715-386-4765
Randy Morrissette: district1@ci.hudson.wi.us  Phone:  715-386-4765
Bill Alms: district2@ci.hudson.wi.us  Phone:  612-850-0023
Tom McCormick: district3@ci.hudson.wi.us  Phone:  715-386-4765
Jim Webber: district4@ci.hudson.wi.us  Phone:  651-402-9025
John Hoggatt: district5@ci.hudson.wi.us  Phone:  612-221-3107
Joyce Hall: district6@ci.hudson.wi.us  Phone:  715-808-0492

State and Federal representatives:  http://www.citizensforthestcroixvalley.com/what-can-you-do-.html

Urgent action item (back door refugee resettlement attempt): Hudson City Hall (WI), August 7, Monday, 7 p.m.--If this passes in Hudson, it's coming to your town...Call/email your representatives, including Hudson City Council, state and federal representatives before Monday!

If this is in Hudson, it will be coming to your own town.  Bring your American flag and 'Sharia Has No Home Here' signs or 'Sodomy Has No Home Here' signs!  Even if you are not a resident, you can still speak.  Below are some talking points and contact information along with the wording of the resolution.  

We are requesting that the proposed "resolution to endorse and implement an inclusion statement and plan" be tabled for further discussion and review by the city attorney to research and to determine potential violation(s) of the United States Constitution.   Additionally, we believe that the points covered in this resolution are already protected by state and federal law.  According to the proposed resolution, it is insinuated that Hudson residents and businesses are not inclusive and therefore violate the state and federal laws against discrimination.  This "Inclusive City resolution opens the door for sanctuary city, subsidized housing for low income people, $15 an hour so-called living wage, etc.  Right now in Minneapolis and St. Paul the cities have passed ordinances requiring private businesses and colleges to pay all workers for any sick-leave they desire to take with no questions asked.  Many businesses are wondering how long they can stay in business.

This is a nice sounding resolution, like "Mom and apple pie" and we are all for inclusion, but there are already laws that prohibit discrimination.  The problem is that this resolution means more than "inclusion."  Are Hudson businesses and the people of Hudson ready for what is intended to follow the adoption of this resolution (sanctuary city, subsidized low income housing, so-called living wage-$15/hr., communicable diseases, etc.)?

Reasons to Table the proposed resolution are:

  1. Since there are specific laws against discrimination, this resolution is redundant and unnecessary.
  2. The resolution "mandates" (with the word "shall"), that all government units adopt these redundant stipulations.
  3. In declaring Hudson an "inclusive city" the resolution resembles, if not constitutes, a "sanctuary city."  Is the City of Hudson ready for that battle?
  4. Wisconsin Assembly Bill 190 specifically prohibits a city, village, town, county from enacting or enforcing an ordinance, resolution or policy that prohibits the enforcement of a federal or state law relating to illegal aliens or ascertaining whether an individual has satisfactory immigration status.


By tabling this resolution, it allows the council time to research the legality and implications of this proposal as well as the long-term ramifications.

Many questions have been raised:

  1.  Regarding the implementation of this resolution (which is targeted to become policy).  Policies require enforcement and consequences.
  2.  How does this fit into the "strategic plan" for the community?  Is there a long-term plan for the public to view on the website?  What are the costs to the taxpayer?
  3. Will this become a mandate discriminating against small businesses that choose to limit their services because of religious convictions?
  4. Will this proposal be used to limit free speech and accuse people of "hate speech or "hate thought" with their difference of opinion?
  5. A recent letter to the editor criticized someone for having a confederate flag in the back of their pickup and stating that this was not representation of "his" Hudson.
  6. I have a Packer's bumper sticker on my car.  What if someone says, This does not represent "my" Hudson community? 
  7.  I also have an American Flag with a Cross sticker on my car.  Does that pass the test of representation?
  8.  I ask, since when does every expression of values need to comply with one, or two, individual's idea of what a community should look like?  Isn't that what diversity is all about? 


We, concerned citizens of Hudson AND the St. Croix Valley, ask that the Hudson City Council tables or votes "no" on adopting and implementing this resolution until questions can be answered and legal counsel may be consulted.



 A PROPOSED RESOLUTION TO THE CITY COUNCIL OF HUDSON, WISCONSIN

TO ENDORSE AND IMPLEMENT AN INCLUSION STATEMENT AND PLAN

WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS OF THE CITY OF HUDSON.

WHEREAS, the City of Hudson is proud to protect the civil rights and liberties of all of its residents, and to

partner with community leaders to create equal opportunities and a safe city for all; and

WHEREAS, the City of Hudson recognizes that an inclusive city is more affluent because it mobilizes and enables

a wider spectrum of people and talents instead of marginalizing its residents, and is more socially just because it offers

better access to pathways for social, cultural, and economic betterment; and

WHEREAS, the City of Hudson affirms its commitment to be an inclusive City, to respect the civil rights of its

residents, and to be explicitly welcoming to all residents, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, country of origin, sexual

orientation/gender identity, ability, religious preference, income, or political affiliation; and

WHEREAS, the City of Hudson strives to be inclusive in our city government through equitable employment

opportunities including, but not limited to, hiring practices, recruitment, and appointment of diverse members to serve

on advisory boards and commissions, and in our communication policies;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that this Resolution shall take effect immediately upon adoption; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we reaffirm Hudson's commitment to inclusion as a fundamental aspect of our

community. We pledge to honor the rights, freedoms, and interests of all members of our community, without regard

to age, race, ethnicity, country of origin, sexual orientation/gender identity, ability, religious preference, income, or

political affiliation. We further pledge active efforts to achieve the goal of inclusion, and we urge all community

members of Hudson to join together to support this effort; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the city of Hudson shall include this resolution as part of its future strategic plans

and shall encourage all other units of government to join the City in welcoming, encouraging, and supporting all

members of our community; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the City of Hudson, Wisconsin declares itself to be an "Inclusive City."

RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF HUDSON, WISCONSIN, this _ _ _ day of _ _ _ _ _ _ - - - 2017

Copyright © Citizens for the st. croix valley. All rights reserved.