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Milwaukee Protestors Disrupt ICE Deportation Raids

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Milwaukee, WI - In a series of recent raids, Milwaukee Immigration & Customs Enforcement agents in cooperation with Milwaukee Police have rounded up dozens of undocumented Milwaukeeans, leaving many families broken. Protestors claim they have organized rallies and marches, made phone calls, and have written letters to politicians to try and seek a solution without success. That left them with one remaining option. If ICE wasn’t willing to stop the raids, then they would stop the raids themselves.

Protestors chained themselves together in protective lockboxes and laid down in front of three different ICE Office garage doors preventing vans from getting out to make their runs for the day.

The MPD issued three different warnings to protestors to remove themselves or face arrest, but each time they refused. No one was ever arrested and after about three hours, the protestors claimed victory, successfully shutting down the vans for at least one day.

Unfortunately, protestors can’t block the vans everyday, but will need immigration reform in order for the vans to remain permanently parked. Call or contact your local elected officials and tell them #Not1More deportation until the broken immigration system is fixed.

Lighted message and photo courtesy of the Overpass Light Brigade.

Lighted message and photo courtesy of the Overpass Light Brigade.

Striking Palermo’s Workers Take Their Boycott Message to Marquette University

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The Boycott Palermo's informational picket line ran right next to the student line waiting to get into the basketball game

Milwaukee, WI - As a line of hundreds of Marquette University students continued to build for their home game basketball game of the year versus fellow Jesuit University rival Notre Dame a different line also began to form. This line was equally as loud and visible despite visibly less numbers than the huge student turnout for the final home game of the year. This was a Boycott Palermo’s Pizza informational picket line aiming to educate game goers about the ongoing strike and boycott at the local pizza company, where workers were illegally fired for organizing a union.

Striking Palermo's workers and MU students band together to bring their message to waiting students.

Striking Palermo’s workers and MU students band together to bring their message to waiting students.

According to their Facebook page, the informational picket was organized by the MU Coalition for Worker Rights to:

“…demand that Marquette University cut its contract with Palermo Villa, Inc.

Marquette University, despite being an affiliate of two international groups that support fair labor rights, has a contract with Palermo’s Pizza, a company that fired dozens of workers this summer for attempting to form a union.

The MUCWR stands in solidarity with the Palermo workers, and is urging Marquette to stand behind its principles and international agreements by cutting its contract with this exploitative company.”

 

The Boycott Palermo's informational picket line ran right next to the student line waiting to get into the basketball game

The Boycott Palermo’s informational picket line ran right next to the student line waiting to get into the basketball game

A group of about 40 workers and their supporters held signs, marched, chanted, passed out literature explaining the labor dispute, and generally made themselves visible engaging many passersby and game attendees into perhaps pondering why their university was drawing such a spirited protest. Check out our video below from Saturday’s event.

Bringing Palermos Boycott to Marquette from Occupy Riverwest on Vimeo.