Obama Milwaukee Visit Draws Protests, Supporters

Around 250 people stood outside the Master Lock factory in Milwaukee as President Obama spoke of the necessity to bring manufacturing jobs back to the US. A mixture of protestors and supporters showed up.

Protestors were there to criticize the President for not taking a strong enough stance (and acting on) healthcare reform, ending the war in Afghanistan, creating a meaningful amount of jobs (especially in Milwaukee) and making the banks pay their fair share in the foreclosure crisis.

Angela Walker discusses the shortcomings of President Obama’s policies and says he needs to be more aggressive when dealing with healthcare and foreclosures

“I would like the President’s attention drawn to the actual conditions in the city. We have a real problem with board-ups and foreclosures. We need the money that has been brought to the state to address these issues to be put in the communities that the most. We need health care. This area has the highest infant mortality rate in the city. We need the President to do a little bit more than he’s doing.”


What President Obama is doing right…plus more video

Asked what she thinks the President is doing right, Walker says “I think he’s taken a step in the right direction with what’s called Obamacare. I think he needs to be a little bit more aggressive and push through socialized medicine. I do.”

Raul Varela of Voces de la Frontera calls on President Obama to have meaningful immigration reform and stop the large number of deportations.

The crowd waits for the President’s motorcade and reacts as it goes by.

Tracey Pollock

Tracey Pollock, a native of River Falls, Wis., studied journalism at UW-River Falls and finished her education at UW-Milwaukee with a focus in sociology. She is interested in covering social justice issues and shedding light on issues in a way that corporate media will not undertake. Pollock lives in Milwaukee, where generations of her family have resided. She enjoys the local music scene, bicycling and camping.

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