For Immediate Release
TODAY: Wisconsin Day without Latinxs & Immigrants Demands Walker Remove Sheriff Clarke; Statewide March in Milwaukee
Wisconsin joins the May 1st nationwide Day without Immigrants to resist Trump
In Wisconsin, tens of thousands are expected to strike & withdraw children from school, hundreds of businesses will close (partial list here) to join the 12pm statewide march in Milwaukee
Wisconsin demands Governor Walker fire Sheriff Clarke, block anti-immigrant state legislation, return driver's licenses to immigrants
WHAT: Wisconsin Day without Latinxs, Immigrants, & Refugees: statewide march in Milwaukee. Part of the May 1st national day of resistance for immigrant and worker rights (partial list of 200+ nationwide events here)
WHO: Voces de la Frontera, Youth Empowered in the Struggle, Coalition for an Inclusive Wisconsin, State Rep. David Crowley, elected officials, Muslim community organizations, LGBTQ leaders, religious leaders, thousands of immigrant workers, business owners, students and their families, community supporters, more
WHEN: Monday, May 1st, 12pm. Buses leaving throughout the morning from 12 cities throughout the state. Click here for a list of bus pickup locations and times when interviews can be conducted.
WHERE: March assembles at 1027 S. 5th St. in Milwaukee and marches to the Wells St. entrance of the Milwaukee County Courthouse. Rally on the courthouse steps to follow.
RALLY SPEAKERS at Courthouse following the march (estimated start time 1:15pm):
Melissa Hall, was shackled by Clarke's deputies in the Milwaukee County Jail while she gave birth and is now part of a lawsuit with 40 other women.
Walter Stern, attorney for the familiy of Terrill Thomas, who died of dehydration at the jail after his water was shut off for 7 days.
Rep. David Crowley, formally requested Governor Walker remove Clarke
Dan Black, suing Clarke following his unlawful detention on Clarke's orders after he shook his head at Clarke. Clarke make a death threat against him on Facebook.
Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Executive Director of Voces de la Frontera
MILWAUKEE - Monday, May 1st, is a national day of action for immigrant and worker rights to resist Trump and keep families together. Hundreds of cities will see marches and actions, and many organizations have endorsed the call for a general strike led by immigrants and workers. In Wisconsin, tens of thousands are expected to strike & withdraw children from school while hundreds of businesses close (partial list of 140 here) to join the 12pm statewide march in Milwaukee leaving from Voces de la Frontera's office.
Nationally, the immigrant rights movement is demanding an end to Trump's attacks on immigrant communities, Black communities, Muslims, LGBTQ people, women, and working class people. In Wisconsin, marchers will endorse these demands and urge Governor Scott Walker to fire Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, block the anti-sanctuary city bill, and restore driver's licenses to immigrants. Nationwide, hundreds of organizations have called over 200 marches and rallies (partial list here).
"Milwaukee has become the national epicenter of the fight against 287g and Trump's efforts to turn local law enforcment into an arm of the mass deportation machine," said Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Executive Director of Voces de la Frontera. "On May 1st, tens of thousands will march to reject Sheriff Clarke's efforts to bring 287g to Wisconsin and to resist the Trump Administration's campaign of state terror against immigrant families and people of color."
“Our so-called Sheriff was not elected to be the puppet of Trump, he was not elected to be an ICE agent, and he was not elected to use his office to advance a political agenda through fear and intimidation," said State Representative David Crowley of Milwaukee. "Four people have died under Clarke's supervision at the Milwaukee County Jail. For his outrageous neglect of duties, his use of his office to intimidate and threaten Milwaukee residents, and his promotion of violence and hatred, David Clarke deserves his own cell in the County Jail.”
Voces de la Frontera is Wisconsin's leading immigrant rights group - a grassroots organization that believes power comes from below and that people can overcome injustice to build a better world.