Milwaukee Marches for Justice on May Day

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“Say it loud! Say it clear! Immigrants are welcome here!”

Well over thirty thousand students, immigrants, refugees, and workers made a powerful statement on May Day in Milwaukee. The daylong general strike and march, dubbed a Day Without Latinos, called on participants to cease working, shopping, or attending school to cast light on several key issues:

  • Stop Anti-Immigrant State Legislation
  • Allow Driver’s Licenses for Immigrants
  • Fire Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke
  • No 287g (Bill would deputize sheriff officers as ICE agents)
  • Stop Trump’s War & Deportation Budget
  • Health Care for All
  • Fully Funded Public Schools
  • Living Wage Jobs

The day started when Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES) students from Racine, Wisconsin joined YES students at South Division High School walking out and rallying outside the school (Photo credit: Joe Brusky).

Racine Horlick student Fernanda Elena Jimenez spoke to students outside South Division High School (Photo credit: Joe Brusky).

Students held their fists up in the air during student speakers (Photo credit: Joe Brusky).

Students and supporters took a group photo (Photo credit: Joe Brusky).

After rallying, students marched to Voces de la Frontera where they met up with the larger march (Photo credit: Joe Brusky).

The crowd swelled quickly at Voces de la Frontera (Photo credit: Joe Brusky).

Attendees sprinted under massive parachute banners as they were thrusted up into the air (Photo credit: Joe Brusky).

A young signholder along the march route (Photo credit: Joe Brusky).

The front banners position themselves in preparation for the beginning of the march (Photo credit: Joe Brusky).

Students lead the way to start the march to the Milwaukee County Courthouse (Photo credit: Joe Brusky).

The parachute banners provided beautiful visuals and fun for families along the march route (Photo credit: Joe Brusky).

A family walks in front of a “No 287g” parachute banner (Photo credit: Joe Brusky).

Students help carry a parachute banner a “Keep Families Together” message (Photo credit: Joe Brusky).

A view of the march heading up Wells Street to the Milwaukee County Courthouse (Photo credit: Joe Brusky).

The march arrived at the Milwaukee County Courthouse, where a parachute banner was laid down on the courthouse lawn (Photo credit: Joe Brusky).

Student rally on the steps of the courthouse (Photo credit: Joe Brusky).

The energy and intensity of Monday’s march and strike demonstrated clearly the people are ready to fight for Wisconsin families and students. Let’s make those in power listen!

Can You Hear Us Now!

Students Ready to March on May Day from MTEA Union on Vimeo.