For the 10th consecutive year, Milwaukee’s near South Side and downtown were alive with chants of “Si se peude!,” as well as colorful banners, signs and flags. Sponsored by Voces De La Frontera, an immigrants and workers rights advocacy group, Milwaukee’s May Day march was part of a set of political actions around the country.
Marchers celebrated the defeat of Wisconsin Bill AB 450, which would have allowed police to investigate immigration status and detain undocumented people; defended Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Deferred Action for Children of Americans; mobilized voters for the upcoming presidential election; advocated for a living wage, and more.
Approximately 1,200 came to the march from Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin, including buses from Madison, Appleton, Green Bay, Lake Geneva, Racine and Whitewater.
The march began at Voces De La Frontera’s headquarters on S. 5th Street, proceeded across the 6th Street Viaduct, and ended with a rally at the County Courthouse. Speakers at the rally included Russ Feingold, candidate for the U.S. Senate, Ald. José Pérez, Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton and Christine Neumann-Ortiz, executive director of Voces De La Frontera.