Saturday, August 27, 2011

Arrest at Anti-Walker Union Rally

From: Bail Out The People - Wisconsin

More information on this situation will be forthcoming. We wanted to alert the progressive movement immediately. There will be a campaign to drop these bogus charges and we will need your help.

Updates will be sent via email and posted to the blog:

ALERT: Two activists were arrested at an anti-Scott Walker protest today at Messmer school in the Riverwest neighborhood in Milwaukee, one of whom is Bryan G. Pfeifer, an organizer with the WI Bail Out The People Movement. He was charged with Resisting/Obstructing an Officer.The WI BOPM would first like to thank the labor-student-community supporters who came to and called the police station on Brother Pfeifer’s behalf and are offering other support. We are still working on finding the other person arrested and are in the process of obtaining legal counsel. Brother Pfeifer has been a Riverwest resident off and on since 1997, is a longtime progressive activist both in WI and other areas of the United States and is an internationally known independent journalist/photographer.The WI BOPM and allies will be fighting these bogus charges which are an attempt to intimidate the progressive political movement in WI and beyond. We will not let our solidarity to be broken! We will not be intimated! Keep building our movement sisters and brothers! An Injury To One Is An Injury To All! Si Se Puede! The People, United, Will Never Be Defeated!

Report from today’s protest:

Hundreds of protesters came out in the Milwaukee neighborhood of Riverwest today, August 26, to tell Scott Walker “Get Out You’re Not Welcome.” Virtually the entire neighborhood around Messmer school where Walker visited, was out on porches, on the streets, the sidewalks, and the alleys behind the school to tell the union-buster to get out of their neighborhood. The residents of Riverwest feel Walker’s visit is an extreme provocation after he signed the union-busting bill known as Act 10 and pushed through the 2011-13 state budget with the worst cuts to social safety nets in state history. Riverwest is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Wisconsin with many people of color, LGBTQ people, women, children and seniors many of whom will suffer greatly and may even die due to Walker’s union-busting and austerity actions which are being pushed by the banks, corporations and the pentagon. Instead of lying down and taking the attempted union-busting and budget cuts without a fight, the glorious poor and working people of Riverwest today showed with their power-just like the people of WI have again and again-that they are not going away and they are fighting back. This is just the beginning of the people’s resistance!

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