Post-Recall Demonstration Focuses On Fairness Issues

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Click image to watch the Occupy Milwaukee march

Click image to watch the Occupy Milwaukee march

Video by Tracey Pollock and Jacob Flom
The day after Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker survived his recall election, hundreds of activists marched in the streets of Milwaukee in non-violent civil disobedience from Pere Marquette Park to City Hall and into the banking district. Police used horses to push the demonstrators from the streets and pinned some of them against walls. Police on horses ripped banners from the demonstrators and chased them down Milwaukee’s streets.

There were many groups represented, but all were united behind one message: Repeal Walker’s union busting bill Act 10; reinstate the Equal Pay Act; and tax the 1%.

Long time activist George Martin led the crowd in a “primal scream” before the march started to get people out of a post-election “funk.”

Those participating in the march included Occupy Milwaukee, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 998, AFSCME Local 82, Milwaukee Teachers Education Association, Milwaukee Students for a Democratic Society, Youth Empowered in the Struggle, Peace Action WI, Wisconsin Bail Out the People Movement, 9 to 5, Citizen Action, Welfare Warriors and dozens of other community organizations.

Four people were arrested for disorderly conduct. After the event many marched immediately to Milwaukee County Jail where the protesters are being held, demanding their release.

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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