Photos by Gary C. Klein
Photos by Gary C. Klein
July 14, 2019: Organizing Against Hate: 7/14 Day of Action
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2 P.M. at Dontre Hamilton (Red Arrow) Park, 910 E Michigan Street, Milwaukee
Our inaugural gathering will be Sunday, July 14th at 2pm in Red Arrow Park, to display opposition to a hate group ascending onto Wisconsin, OPERATION SAVE AMERICA (OSA). We have joined up with the Abortion Access Front to counter OSA as they invade Milwaukee JULY 13-20 and we need to rally together to let them know their messages of intolerance are not welcome in Wisconsin. Check out garbagefyrefest.com for a week of events to follow the Sunday rally.
“OPERATION SAVE AMERICA IS KNOWN AS ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL HATE GROUPS IN AMERICA. Each July, hundreds of OSA members from around the country gather in a specific city to spend a week disrupting a community with massive public parades and rallies promoting their anti-choice, anti LGBTQ, and anti- immigrant messages. Their vile imagery and chants of intolerance have inspired progressive activists from Wisconsin and around the country to gather and counter their bigotry and misogyny. Through direct actions, comedy and burlesque shows, we want to put out the Garbage Fyre with messages of love and inclusion.”
Join us as we rally against conservative attacks on abortion rights and reproductive healthcare access and show them that we are an unyielding force in Wisconsin.
This week, Trump announced that his long-delayed ICE raids would begin this weekend. These raids are not only meant to detain and deport thousands of immigrants, but they are also meant to strike fear into immigrant workers.
At Netroots Nation, the yearly gathering of liberal and progressive activists, union leaders Sara Nelson, President of the flight attendant’s union, and D. Taylor, President of UNITE HERE hosted a panel titled “Is It Time for a General Strike?” During the panel, both addressed the upcoming raids. Taylor, who represents hotel and hospitality workers and has a large immigrant population within his union’s ranks, blasted Trump’s decision. He referred to Trump’s plan as evil and said that this is a moment of truth for the labor movement. “If I see a press release on that and not direct action, what the hell are we talking about?” he said. “We’re not just gonna send a letter. We’ve gotta do action at every one of those hotels. We’ve gotta turn up the heat.” Taylor vowed that his union will take action against hotels that enter into contracts with ICE to house detainees. He also promised that UNITE HERE will not only be taking action in union strongholds like New York, California, Las Vegas and the border but rather they will take action across the entire country.
Nelson, whose call for a general strike during the government shutdown forced Congress to agree on a deal to re-open the government, emphasized that immigration is a union issue. She recalled Trump’s Muslim ban and how some of her flight attendants were detained and unable to work because of the ban.
Nelson and Taylor’s comments come as more unions are realizing that immigration is a union issue. “Announcing raids on immigrant communities is a clear and present danger to the workforces in the cities they are planned and support the tactics of the low wage employers in these areas,” said John Durso, the President of the 350,000 member Long Island Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO.
Rallies and vigils are planned for the next few days to oppose Trump’s policy and some organizations have put out guidelines on your legal rights when dealing with ICE, whether you are undocumented yourself, with an undocumented person, or the employer of an undocumented worker. Below is video from the American Federation of Teachers rally outside of the Customs and Border Patrol office in Washington D.C…
500 E Center Street, 12 NOON (@ Cream City Hostel)
A known hate group, Operation Save America (OSA) will be coming to Riverwest to harass drag queens reading to children and promote anti-LGBTQ+ bigotry.
They’re bringing another hate group, the Missionaries to the Preborn, who will be promoting anti-choice and anti-women’s rights rhetoric at Dontre Hamilton (Red Arrow) Park.
We’re standing up to them both.
JOIN US AS WE PROTEST HATE AND STAND UP FOR LGBTQ+ AND WOMEN’S RIGHTS! We will be counter-protesting outside the Cream City Hostel at noon, and then joining up with Access Fest to support women’s rights and protest the Missionaries to the Preborn at Red Arrow Park at 2 PM.
Drag Queen Story Hour’s event is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/338026947147545/
Access Fest’s event is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/669028966879412/