The Cap Times Endorses Kemble for District 18
Kemble is a tireless council member who is known for her research skills and consultation with communities that are often neglected. She informs debates on public safety, affordable housing, transportation and a wide range of other issues with insights and a passion for justice that is inspiring. Kemble is deeply engaged with her north side district, and she makes the concerns of its residents central to her service on a council where she is one of the hardest working and most influential members. Her challenger, Charles Myadze, is a member of the Madison Public Safety Review Committee, who has mounted an energetic, issue-focused bid. But we agree with District 18 County Board Supervisor Michele Ritt, who says that Kemble is “passionate about representing the north side.” That passion is irreplaceable and we believe it has earned Kemble a new term.
On New Year's Day, Esty Dinur kicks off 2021 with a looking-back/looking-forward conversation with alder Rebecca Kemble, a longtime Madison organizer, water protector, labor activist, and housing advocate.
"The global humanity-wide challenge of a pandemic has really made us come to grips with fear. Some people have sunk deeper into fear, but a lot more people have reached out to each other, organized for family and community care and that’s really where my hope for the future is."
"Funneling more public funds to private entities that already get the lion's share of public investment and services is not the answer and sends one more message to Black people in Madison that their concerns take a back seat to downtown business interests."
Read Rebecca's full article in the Isthmus from July 2020.
In 2015 Rebecca was mentioned in an article by the Guardian. It's a good article looking at the progressive, pro-worker activism landscape after the signing of so-called 'right-to-work' in Wisconsin, so while her quotes are near the end of the article, please read through its entirety. It's inspiring to see the world take notice of progressive organizing done here in Madison!