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The Race for District 8 Alderman: Meet the Candidates

Bell Magazine

2/25/2021

The Madison District 8 Alder seat is up for election this coming April, and both candidates are students from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Get to know Juliana Bennett and Ayomi Obuseh before casting your vote on April 6, 2021. 

Cardinal View: Vote Ayomi Ombuseh for District 8 alder

Daily Cardinal

2/25/2020

In their conversations with the Editorial Board, both candidates spoke extensively and passionately about their vision for Madison, a vision of affordable housing and public safety in the form of community control.

However, there is only one candidate that can both represent students and the heart of Madison as a community — only one candidate to implement change on day one.

Madison activists shift to local politics

Cap Times

1/13/2021

Obuseh, also a UW-Madison junior, is the founder and executive director of Impact Demand. The youth-led group organized many peaceful protests and rallies downtown this summer. Through that work, Obuseh said she was exposed to creative and innovative ideas that she wants to bring to the council.

“I was an activist and organizer before all this, and I still am,” Obuseh said. “I felt like there wasn’t an urgency on the council. People are forgetting there’s people behind the policies.”

District 8 alder candidates debate varying policy platforms

The Badger Herald

1/20/2021

Obuseh opened the evening by discussing her experience growing up as an immigrant in Madison where she moved in 2016. Obuseh said she is hopeful for change, especially seeing the recent organization of the Madison community.

“This summer especially, we saw such a mobilization of people,” Obuseh said. “Now many activists are running for office, and it’s a spark of hope that brought these protests together, and it’s spreading like wildfire nationally.”

‘It’s just like anything’s possible:’ Kamala Harris inspires women of color on eve of Inauguration

Obuseh, a UW-Madison student and candidate for the District 8 alder seat, said seeing representation in the highest echelons of politics is important because it provides inspiration and motivation for young people of color. She said Kamala Harris’ vice presidency will give women of color a seat at the table for the first time.

“We’re seeing it now. We’re seeing it with myself. There’s so much room for possibility when we have people like [Harris] at the table.”

Madison activists shift to local politics

Cap Times

1/13/2021

Obuseh, also a UW-Madison junior, is the founder and executive director of Impact Demand. The youth-led group organized many peaceful protests and rallies downtown this summer. Through that work, Obuseh said she was exposed to creative and innovative ideas that she wants to bring to the council.

“I was an activist and organizer before all this, and I still am,” Obuseh said. “I felt like there wasn’t an urgency on the council. People are forgetting there’s people behind the policies.”

Ayomi Obuseh will focus on social, environmental justice in run for Common Council

Madison 365

12/14/2020

The third-year University of Wisconsin-Madison student believes she is more than capable to serve as alderwoman of District 8…. “There’s always going to be someone to tell you no but (it’s like puzzle pieces. You just have to put them together.) There’s always a way to get things done,”

‘We need change’: Madison activist Ayomi Obuseh speaks on her campaign for District 8 Alder

Daily Cardinal

12/7/2020

“One of the issues I have always felt the most passionate about is racial equality. That means I am dedicated to solutions such as police accountability, food sustainability, jobs and transportation that would help to create healthier and more equitable communities”

The race for District 8 begins as candidates step up and back down

“Every single day of this past summer, I was at the forefront in advocating for the basic human rights of marginalized groups in Madison, specifically the BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities. With my past experience at the city council and State Capitol, I know I am more than capable to run for alderman of Dis. 8,”

Progressive student leaders forge new path through Madison city council

The Badger Herald

12/10/2020

Prestigiacomo recently announced that he will not be running for re-election this spring, paving the way for BIPOC community activists and UW students Juliana Bennett and Ayomi Obuseh to run for the District 8 seat, one that uniquely guarantees a student alder and shapes much of the city council discourse we see today.

Student Council endorses resolutions banning UWPD from using facial surveillance

UW student Ayomi Obuseh spoke about her experience with the Madison and UW Police Departments while organizing and participating in protests over the summer and why she believes UWPD should not have access to facial recognition technology. “[A facial recognition ban] on UWPD would ensure that they are not equipped with further ways of targeting marginalized students and youth organizers,” Obuseh said.

UW students Juliana Bennett, Ayomi Obuseh announce candidacy for District 8 alder seat

The Badger Herald

12/1/2020

“I believe wholeheartedly that once we find our voice, it is our duty to use it to better our community …. With my past experience at the city council and State Capitol, I know I am more than capable to run for Alderman of District 8,” Obuseh said in the statement.

Long-Awaited Community Control Board Limited In Authority

WORT 89.9 FM

10/14/2020

Said Impact Demand co-organizer Ayomi Obuseh earlier this month, they intend to hold the new oversight board to that responsibility. “We expect and will hold accountable the civilian oversight board to voice the community’s pain and serve as a reminder to those in power that they serve the people.”

Finding the right fit for Madison’s next police chief

The Cap Times

10/7/2020

“To begin creating any type of bridge, you’ll have to show action on your part,” Obuseh said. “There has to be some efforts made, some of our demands being met, to begin a conversation.”

Protesters Rally To Support Passage Of Hands Up Act

WORT 89.9 FM

10/5/2020

“Madison has not done anything to talk about this problem,” Obuseh says. “Having an act like this will make sure that people know they can’t get away with things anymore, that Black and brown lives aren’t disposable, that we are human, that we are people.”

Two opposing rallies take to downtown Madison

WKOW 27

10/3/2020

“The title was Take Back Our Communities,” Obuseh said. “We are the community, that means they’re trying to take our power away. They’re trying to silence us.”

Know Your Madisonian: 19-year-old activist helps spearhead youth-led Black Lives Matter movement

Wisconsin State Journal

8/29/2020

“I started protesting as just somebody that had something to say,” she said. “But I wanted to see a youth-led movement.”

Wednesday protest peaceful as community leaders, activists split over protest tactics

WKOW 27

8/27/2020

“This is something bigger than ourselves,” said Ayomi Obuseh, an organizer from the group Impact Demand, which organized Wednesday’s march. “This is a revolution happening across the country and we should all be a part of it and doing our part and doing something.”

Demanding Change

WORT 89.9 FM

7/29/2020

“We’re all one at the end of the day and we’re all working together to create something bigger and to make sure that our home, Madison is an amazing place to live for everyone”

Meet five young Black leaders emerging in Madison

Madison Magazine, Channel 3000

7/23/2020

“Starting a revolution is a long process. But I think if we stay educated, we’re going to get there,” Obuseh says.

Voices of protest: Impact Demand organizer Ayomi Obuseh finds her voice

The Cap Times

7/29/2020

University of Wisconsin students Juliana Bennett and Ayomi Obuseh announced their candidacy for the District 8 alder seat up for election in April. 

Youth Activist Group ‘Impact Demand’ Calls for Change

Here & Now, PBS News

7/10/2020

Ayomi Obuseh of the group ‘Impact Demand’ discusses the youth movement in the current racial justice demonstrations and the change they are calling for from elected officials.

Youth Activist Group ‘Impact Demand’ Calls for Change

WORT 89.9

6/23/2020

Impact Demand is a youth-led group that has been the organizing force behind several of Madison’s ongoing protests for racial justice. The group formed in the wake of the murder of George Floyd and subsequent demonstrations against police brutality, and has quickly established itself as one of the driving forces behind Madison’s Black Lives Matter movement.

“Fire Matt Kenny.”

ISTHMUS

6/10/2020

“We are demanding community control of the police,” Obuseh tells Isthmus. “The city not firing Matt Kenny is just one traumatizing example of why we are fighting so hard for change.”

Black Lives Matter protests continue peacefully Saturday night at Capitol

Badger Herald

6/7/2020

“Tonight is a youth-led movement, because the youth are the reason we’re gonna get shit done,” Obuseh said. “We need to stay mad, stay educated, bring people out here because we are going to move Madison in a better direction.”

‘Celebration of life’: Madison protesters honor Breonna Taylor with birthday party

WI State Journal

6/6/2020

“We’re gonna scream. We’re gonna shout. We’re gonna dance,” youth organizer Ayomi Obuseh, 19, said at the start of the night. “We’re here to have a party.”

Madison Floyd protests continue into fifth day with block-party memorial.

WSUM 91.7 FM

6/4/2020

“Everything that we’re doing right now is for a difference, it’s gonna make a change,” said Obuseh. “I just know it because of what we’ve done so far, that’s our history.”

Rising Up, Poetically

Wisconsin Alumni Association

3/28/2020

She participated in forensics speech and debate competitions in high school; however, she says the slam environment is completely different. “The other day, someone pushed me, and I just started rapping,” she says.”

Madison Youth Organization for Legislative Change

Lila Szyryi

“Our mission is to impact communities and demand change through policy, education and activism,” Obuseh said. “And through that, we host events [where] we try to educate everyone in the community as a whole.”

Not adding up: Madison’s diverse student body is not matched by its teachers

The Cap Times

7/19/2017

“A teacher of color might have a different perspective or way of teaching that might help you learn better,” she said. “Not all students are going to be able to learn the same way because they are diverse, but if the teachers aren’t, you are not going to be able to reach as many of the students as you want to.”

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