J.R. Fleming of Occupy The Hood - Chicago speaks at the Rahm Emanuel protest.
Milwaukee, WI – A coalition of different Occupy Wall Street (Occupy Milwaukee, Occupy Chicago, Occupy the Hood – Milwaukee and Chicago, and Occupy Fond du Lac) and community groups from Wisconsin and Illinois came together in solidarity against the visit of Chicago’s 1% Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Emanuel was visiting the city of Milwaukee to make an appearance at a $400 – 1,000 per plate fundraiser for Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. Emanuel was targeted for his recent city budget that cut six mental health clinics and privatized another seven neighborhood health clinics, all of which are in communities of most need. Emanuel also pushed through two city ordinances for the coming NATO Summit in Chicago that limit protestors civil liberties and recently he has even blocked groups from protesting in Chicago the day of the Summit. He has also diverted millions of public dollars in to purchasing paramilitary riot gear.
Occupiers marched around the Italian Community Center before attempting to enter the building.
The protestors marched around the Italian Community Center, where Rahm was speaking. Eventually Occupiers decided to take their message to Rahm Emanuel directly but were quickly blocked off by Milwaukee Police officers. The Occupiers stood their ground attempting to negotiate with the officers to allow them to express their First Amendment Rights. The group amended their request to the officers to allow for one member of their coalition in the event to speak to Emanuel but this request was too denied. Eventually the officers told the group they needed to back up to the city sidewalk or else face arrest. After several more attemps by the group to be allowed to speak to Emanuel they went back to the sidewalk chanting to Rahm “We’ll be back!, We’ll be back! Occupy Riverwest has also been told from a fundraiser attendee that, “We could hear you loud and clear inside”. Excellent work everyone!
Occupy Riverwest Ustreamed through Occupy Wisconsin’s Livestream account the entire action live and has posted the videos for all to see. Below you will find all the coverage from the “Protest Rahm’s Attack on the 99%” along with time playlists that tell you where key events of the day happened. Thanks to Matt Ginsberg-Jaeckle (S.T.O.P.) and Danielle Meyer (Occupy Milwaukee) for facilitating the speakers.
Occupy Riverwest Picture Album of Event
Protest Rahm’s Attack on the 99% Pt 2:
0:33 Protestors march around the Italian Community Center
3:30 the Milwaukee Police Department arrives
13:50 CBS 58 News interview of Ed Sadlowski of AFSCME
16:30 CBS 58 News interview of Jacob Anikulapo of Occupy Milwaukee
24:25 WISN 12 News interview with Ed Sadlowski of AFSCME
Protest Rahm’s Attack on the 99% Pt 3
0:01 Jeremy Segal Provocateur Reporter from Education Action Group, a right-wing news group.
4:00 J.R. Fleming from Occupy The Hood – Chicago speaking
10:05 Adam Breihan from Peace Action WI on upcoming NATO protests
10:40 Chance Zombor from Occupy the Hood – Milwaukee
16:15 Paul from the Illinois Nurses Association
19:00 Occupy marches around the venue
28:30 The Milwaukee Police Department block occupiers from entering the venue
29:24 J.R. Fleming from Occupy The Hood – Chicago talking to the police
31:25 Khalil Coleman from Occupy the Hood – Milwaukee speaks to the police
34:57 Diane Adams from S.T.O.P. (Southside Together Organizing for Power)
42:40 Jacob Anikulapo of Iraq Veteran Against the War
Protest Rahm’s Attack on the 99% Pt 4
0:40 MPD give Occupiers their final warning to back up to sidewalk.
0:45 Khalil Coleman of Occupy The Hood – Milwaukee
10:00 Occupy Riverwest interview with Diane Adams of S.T.O.P.
21:20 Occupy calls out to all to join them for the upcoming NATO protest