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Author: Joe Brusky

Rally in Milwaukee calls for an end to violence against Palestinians in Gaza as full-scale war looms

Hundreds of protesters gathered in downtown Milwaukee on May 12 in response to the latest escalation of violence in Gaza and Israel, which has reached its highest point in years with police raids and airstrikes that have killed at least 14 Palestinian children since May 10. The protest was organized by American Muslims for Palestine to demand an end to indiscriminate Israeli air strikes on the civilian Palestinian population, and the forced relocation of Palestinians. Israeli airstrikes have leveled multistory buildings across the Gaza Strip, where 2 million Palestinians have lived under a crippling Israeli-Egyptian blockade since Hamas took...

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Milwaukee holds march in solidarity with activists in Colombia who are being massacred by police

Milwaukee held a rally and march May 10 in solidarity with activists in Colombia who are being massacred by the police and paramilitary forces after days of labor protests. A national strike took place in Columbia on April 28, organized by trade unions against a proposed tax hike. The government quickly moved to repress the action across the country, deploying massive acts of violence to break the work stoppage. Columbians have continued to march each day in cities across their nation, and have been met with a consistent escalation of aggressive suppression. The Colombian military and police have been...

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Immigration advocates travel from Milwaukee to DC to Madison demanding action on promised reforms

Voces de La Frontera sent a national delegation of 41 immigrant essential workers and their families to Washington DC to be part of a national May Day march, and to mark the end of a cross-country caravan that covered more than 40 states to promote immigration reform. Despite COVID-19 fears, Milwaukee advocates at the May Day rally in DC delivered a strong message to Congress at the steps of the Capitol building, challenging them to deliver on the promise of citizenship for 11 million immigrants. “We stand with immigrant essential workers and demand they be treated as the heroes...

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Voting is Power: Milwaukee’s Latinx community installs “Black and Brown Lives Matter” Street Mural

Voces de la Frontera Action (VDLFA) and Voces de los Artistas (VDLA) hosted a massive street painting action and voter registration on to 700 block of Historic Mitchell Street, outside of the “Trump Neighbored Headquarters” in Milwaukee’s Latinx South Side on October 10. The street painting action is inspired by the Black Lives Matter national movement and is following in the footsteps of Washington DC and other cities across the United States that have painted massive Black Lives Matter slogans on their streets since the murder of George Floyd. The message is: Vote the racists out. “Wisconsin has one...

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Marchers condemn Briggs & Stratton for giving millions to executives as Mike Jackson worked to death

While Briggs & Stratton executives were working from the safety of their homes during the pandemic, negotiating millions of dollars in bonuses for themselves, and finalizing plans to move hundreds of jobs out of the Milwaukee area, Mike Jackson was being worked to death in the company’s Wauwatosa plant to make products that consumers could not buy for months. Mike Jackson was a Briggs & Stratton worker, union member, and husband who died of coronavirus after fighting for safety on the job. To protest the injustice of his premature death and the corporate system of greed that caused it,...

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Milwaukee’s latest Civil Rights mural honors local leaders and community organizers

Another social justice inspired mural was installed on June 13 in the alley of Locust and Holton Streets. Artists from around Milwaukee painted a collage of murals on the walls of a building in the Riverwest neighborhood. The beautification project featured local leaders involved with the Civil Rights Movement, including Vel Philips. A special remembrance to the life of Breonna Taylor was installed days earlier on another side of the structure. “These murals will be beacons for Black Lives and the continued fight for justice in Milwaukee for a long time,” said organizers on social media. The murals were...

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