|Daniel Gutierrez holds a banner while interrupting Mike Pence in Milwaukee on Thursday night. Photo: Voces de la Frontera Action|
Thursday, July 14th, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Milwaukee Marches on the GOP Convention to Stop Trump
Community members slam Scott Walker and Paul Ryan for presiding over a convention set to choose a historically racist candidate and divisive party platform
Who: Voces de la Frontera Action, Youth Empowered in the Struggle, immigrant families, students, workers, community members
What: Caravan to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland to march against Trump and the Republican
When: Caravan leaves Milwaukee at 11pm on Sunday, July 17th.
March in Cleveland is at 12pm noon on Monday, July 18th.
*March participants available for interviews Thursday through Monday*
Where: Caravan Sunday night leaves from Voces de la Frontera Action (1027 S. 5th St. in Milwaukee).
March on Monday begins at the Mall at West Mall Dr. and St. Clair Ave. NE in Cleveland and follows permitted route.
MILWAUKEE, WI — At 11pm Sunday, July 17th, Milwaukee immigrant families will join dozens of students, workers, and community members in a caravan to Cleveland. There the group will join thousands expected in a 12pm permitted march on Monday to protest the Republican National Convention’s nomination of Donald Trump for President and the party’s platform. The march is organized by the Coalition to Stop Trump and March on the RNC.
“We must use our First Amendment rights to condemn the hatred expressed by Donald Trump and the Republican Party platform,” said Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Executive Director of Voces de la Frontera Action. “Trump’s provocation to violence and total disregard for others’ humanity is galvanizing white supremacists and threatens our families and communities. Trump and the Republican party’s calls for the mass deportation of immigrants and their US citizen children, the banning of Muslims and closure of mosques, attacks on women’s and LGBT rights, racism toward African-Americans and disregard for the real needs of working families should lead all people of good will to organize to defeat the politics of hate and division.”
Many Wisconsin politicians will have a prominent role in the convention, including Governor Scott Walker and House Speaker Paul Ryan. “Paul Ryan and Scott Walker have repeatedly attacked immigrant communities, so I shouldn’t be surprised they are supporting Trump,” said José Flores, an undocumented father of 4 and member of Voces de la Frontera Action who will be in Cleveland protesting. “Scott Walker’s lawsuit blocked President Obama’s executive actions on immigration which would have kept families like mine together and brought hardworking immigrants into the legal economy. Paul Ryan has voted repeatedly to deport immigrant youth and parents. Still, as someone from Wisconsin I am ashamed that some of our state’s most visible leaders don’t have the spine to stand up to Trump, who is supported by the KKK.”
¡Nos da mucho orgullo anunciar lxs candidatxs que apoyamos oficialmente en las elecciones el 5 de abril! We are excited to announce the candidates we are endorsing in the April 5th elections!
-Corte Suprema Estatal/State Supreme Court: Joanne Kloppenberg
-Ejecutivo del Condado de Milwaukee/Milwaukee County Executive: Chris Larson
-Consejo Municipal Distrito 8/Alderman District 8: Justin Bielinski
-Consejo Municipal Distrito 11/ Alderman District 11: Timothy Kenney
-Consejo Municipal Distrito 12/Alderman District 12: José Pérez
-Supervisora de la mesa Directiva del Condado, Distrito 4/Milwaukee Co. Board of Supervisors District 4: Marina Dimitrijevic
-Supervisora de la mesa Directiva del Condado, Distrito 12/ Milwaukee Co. Board of Supervisors District 12: Peggy Romo West
Tuesday, November 10th, Donald Trump and the other Republican presidential candidates will hold a debate in Milwaukee. That day at 4pm, we will march from the South Side to the debate to stop them and their anti-immigrant, anti-worker policies. We will defend our families and communities!
Trump has promised to deport all 11 million+ undocumented people in this country and their US citizen ch
ildren, and the other Republican candidates have similar racist positions.
November 10th at 4pm we will march from the office of Voces de la Frontera Action (1027 S. 5th St. in Milwaukee) to City Hall (200 E. Wells St.) where we will join $Fight for $15 and Black Lives Matter protesters to march on the Republican debate, which is close by. Buses will be available.
Justice for immigrants! Fight for $15 minimum wage! Black Lives Matter! ¡Sí se puede!
Thanks to Governor Scott Walker & friends’ journey to slay democracy within our state, on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013, Wisconsin residents will be faced with voting on a referendum to decide whether we should keep same-day voter registration or nullify it.
Why is same-day voter registration relevant?
- 19% of the people who turned out to vote in the 2012 Presidential election were able to do so because they could register at the polls the same day. The vast majority of these voters are college students. Ending same-day registration would disenfranchise younger voters, who tend to vote progressively
- An average of 334,893 voters (13.3%) have benefited from same-day registration since November of 2000, according to the Government Accountability Board’s data
- Wisconsin averaged a 60.93% turnout over the past six elections – almost 10% higher than the national average
How will eliminating same-day voter registration hurt us?
- It will cost taxpayers up to $14.5 million to eliminate same-day voter registration in the state, which would mean that bureaucracies with endless wait lines like the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) would have to establish a system to provide registration services
- Ending registration at the polls suppresses the minority and working class vote through inaccessible registration hours and locations
- Our state’s proud history of above-average civic engagement will be no more, as this push would undermine voters who do not operate on the state’s schedule
- It is an underhanded partisan trick to tip the scale in favor of a particular party:
“Marquette’s Alumni Memorial Union hosted the top three wards with the most same-day voter registrations in Milwaukee, according to statistics from the city commission. A majority of voters who cast ballots at Marquette’s polling site registered the same day. Of those same-day registrations, 42 percent voted Republican and 58 percent Democrat, city commission data showed.“
YOU decide whether we keep fair balance by keeping same-day registration in Wisconsin- VOTE April 2nd, 2013!