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File #: 68514    Version: 1 Name: Memorial to Ronald “Xhongo” James Johnson, Sr.
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 11/22/2021 In control: COMMON COUNCIL
On agenda: 12/7/2021 Final action: 12/7/2021
Enactment date: 12/13/2021 Enactment #: RES-21-00776
Title: Memorial to Ronald “Xhongo” James Johnson, Sr.
Sponsors: Barbara Harrington-McKinney, Charles Myadze, Satya V. Rhodes-Conway, Jael Currie, Yannette Figueroa Cole, Sheri Carter
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsWatch
12/7/20211 COMMON COUNCIL Adopt Under Suspension of Rules 2.04, 2.05, 2.24, and 2.25Pass Action details Meeting details Not available
11/22/20211 Council Office RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL TO ADOPT UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES 2.04, 2.05, 2.24, & 2.25 - MISC. ITEMS  Action details Meeting details Not available
Fiscal Note
No City appropriation required.
Memorial to Ronald “Xhongo” James Johnson, Sr.
WHEREAS, Ronald “Xhongo” James Johnson, of the City of Fitchburg, departed this life on Friday, October 29, 2021 at the age of 71; and,

WHEREAS, Ronald, a lifelong State of Wisconsin resident, became a state leader in community engagement, restorative justice, and service to community in Milwaukee and Dane counties, assuming the role of catalyst in developing and leading programs that built bridges between communities of color and system stakeholders in each county to build greater community safety, racial equity, and justice; and,

WHEREAS, as an innovator of new programs, Ron launched the Dane County Community Restorative Court (CRC), providing a second chance to 17 to 25 year olds involved in criminal justice to repair harm and restore their record, developing the first initiative of its kind in Wisconsin, later to be recognized as a national model; he became Dane County’s bridge builder between communities most impacted by criminal justice, police, and criminal justice elected leaders; and,

WHEREAS, Ron and the CRC staff have achieved a high bar of implementing real “community justice” by recruiting and training over 185 resident volunteer peacemakers to participate in restorative justice circles which have resulted in agreements to repair the harm to victims and to the community; and as the Father of restorative justice in Dane County, Ron exemplified the qualities of great leadership with his vision, humor, humility, compassion and never-ending commitment to create a better tomorrow for everyone who sought his partnership; and,

WHEREAS, Ron also lent his voice and service to several additional committees, councils, commissions, and community groups, frequently being called upon by local leaders, national think tanks, and “salt of the earth” community members for guidance; and,

WHEREAS, Ron loved the outdoors, each year taking African-American boys...

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