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Latinos Are On Strike In Wisconsin To Protest Their Sheriff’s Interest In Working With ICE

Thousands of people flooded the streets of Milwaukee, Wisconsin today as part of a protest called #DayWithoutLatinos. The protest was a direct response to Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr., who wants to make his officers participate in the Secure Communities Program, or 287 (g). The program deputizes police officers and other members of law enforcement to act as federal immigration agents. It was implemented by George W. Bush in 2008, according to Politifact. Sheriff Clarke said he’s in full support of President Trump’s promise to ramp up and strongly enforce immigration policies.

Milwaukee’s predominately-Latino south side was full of protesters showing their solidarity with immigrant and refugee Wisconsinites.


According to NBC, thousands of Wisconsinites from around the state came to Milwaukee by bus to protest the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s interest in cooperating with President Trump, who recently signed an executive order that attempts do away with “sanctuary cities.”

The protest was organized by the immigration rights group Voces de la Frontera.


“Trump wants to paint immigrants as something we should be afraid of,” Christine Neumann-Ortiz, the director of Voces de la Frontera, told NBC. “When people do this general strike, what they show is that on the contrary, immigrants are lifting up this economy and when they withhold their contributions we see a decline.”

The protesters believe law enforcement officials shouldn’t be used to do the work of immigration agents.


“287 (g) might be a law but it is an unjust law,” Milwaukee County Supervisor Supreme Moore Omokunde told WPR. “I say that we can just add this one extra thing to the list of reasons why Sheriff Clarke should resign now.”

This isn’t the first time Wisconsin has seen its Latino population fight back against such laws.

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In 2016, Milwaukee saw a #DayWithoutLatinos in protest against Assembly Bill 450 and Senate Bill 533. AB 450 was a bill that would have allowed Wisconsin police to investigate people’s citizenship and detain and deport those who were undocumented. SB 533 effectively blocks the state from issuing any identification cards to anyone who is undocumented.

Protesters in Milwaukee not only had each other for support, but the support of state officials, including Senator Chris Larson.


“We wanted to show them that they can look up and realize that they are not alone,” Sen. Larson told NBC. “That there are leaders in their community who are standing up and will stand up with them to make sure they are not alienated and deported without due process.”

Several businesses in the area joined in the strike to further show the impact of these immigration policies.


“We are not waiting for history to happen,” Sen. Larson told NBC.


“We are showing right away that this is not tolerable and we will not go quietly and allow this to happen,” Larson added.


READ: In Protest Against Trump’s Immigration Ban, 1,000 NYC Bodega Owners Closed Up Shop For A Day

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A Chilean Police Officer Is Charged With Attempted Murder After Throwing a Protestor Off Of a Bridge

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A Chilean Police Officer Is Charged With Attempted Murder After Throwing a Protestor Off Of a Bridge

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Earlier this month, a police officer in Santiago, Chile was captured on video pushing a 16-year-old male demonstrator off of a bridge. The boy fell into the canal below, fracturing his wrist and suffering head trauma. He was transported to the hospital and is in stable condition.

The violent video sparked an additional wave of protests against the Carabineros–Chile’s militarized national police force that the officer was a part of.

Before the video surfaced, witnesses who were protesting voiced their anger at the police officer’s actions and demanded that he be brought to justice. Initially, a spokesperson for the Carabineros, General Enrique Monrás, denied any wrongdoing on the part of the officer, claiming that the boy “lost balance and fell”.

Monrás claimed the police force even had footage that refuted the purported events. But when the footage of the boy being pushed over the bridge went public, there was no question as to what happened.

The footage of the incident went viral in Chile, prompting a surge of demonstrations and protests in Santiago–a city already racked with civil unrest.

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Days later, Chile opened up an investigation against the police officer, saying the officer “gave false information to the Prosecutor’s Office” and had “abandoned the victim” after throwing him off the bridge. The officer’s lawyer says he was following procedure. Nevertheless, by then the damage had been done.

Following the incident, protestors threw red die into the canal, making it look like it was running red with the metaphorical blood of protestors. The protests are part of an ongoing civil unrest that was sparked by economic inequality in Chile as well as President Sebastián Piñera’s failure to address the people’s concerns.

To make matters worse, the Piñera government has responded to the protests with excessive violence.

In the last year, Chile has been making headlines for permanently blinding protestors with rubber bullets. Protestors claim that Caballeros are deliberately shooting people in the eyes, aiming to blind them for life.

This most recent incident has simply served to bolster the protestors’ claims that they are being treated brutally by the Chilean government. “The police are violent. We can’t bear it anymore,” said a protestor named Carmen Soria to Al Jazeera News. “They’ve raped, tortured, run people over, blinded others, and now, they’re throwing people in the Mapocho river. The government doesn’t want us to protest, doesn’t want us to gather together, but they don’t care that we gather in the busses and in subways like sardines to go to work.”

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People Have Taken To The Streets Across The Country In Breonna Taylor Protests

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People Have Taken To The Streets Across The Country In Breonna Taylor Protests

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Cities across the U.S. are seeing a new wave of unrest following the grand jury’s finding on the Breonna Taylor case. Emotions are high as people protest against the lack of charges against the officers who were involved in Taylor’s death.

Protesters are raising their voices after the decision not to charge all of the officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s death.

Breonna Taylor was shot and killed on March 13 when police raided her apartment. The 26-year-old ER technician was sleeping when the police executed a “no-knock” warrant. However, police had the wrong address and Taylor’s boyfriend, believe their lives were in danger, fired at the police. Taylor was shot and killed in her apartment that night.

Major cities across the country saw major demonstrations spurred by the anger against the justice system.

A grand jury found one officer responsible for wanton endangerment after firing his weapon into neighboring apartments. There were no charges tied directly to Taylor’s death. The lack of charges has angered activists and advocates who are seeking significant police reform to prevent tragedies like this from happening again.

People have become hyper-aware of the issue and are paying attention to the outcomes.

Protest signs in different crowds show that the American people are paying attention. The Black Lives Matter movement became the cause at the forefront of American mentality since George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. Floyd’s death sparked national outrage and renewed energy into fighting to stop the disproportionate violence Black men, women, and children face at the hands of police.

Some motorists have turned violent against the protesters.

Video captured in both Denver and Los Angeles show vehicles driving through crowds of protesters. In Denver, the driver claims to have acted in self-defense after protesters surrounded his car. The driver claims that he did not intend to hurt anyone but reacted when protesters shattered his windshield.

In Louisville, police arrested the only Black woman in the Kentucky state legislature for protesting.

State Rep. Attica Scott was arrested for first-degree rioting, which is a class-D felony. The Louisville Metropolitan Police Department arrested 24 people Thursday night while protesting the decision not to charge the officers. Rep. Scott was arrested with other and charged with first-degree rioting and two misdemeanors for unlawful assembly and failure to disperse.

“Our call to action is to continue to make sure that the city of Louisville understands that we will not go away, that we will continue to demand the defunding of police and the dismantling of this police department because it’s corrupt from the inside out, from the bottom to the top,” Scott told NPR before the grand jury decision. “And it cannot continue to function in the way that it does.”

Taylor’s death has mobilized the nation with celebrities and politicians calling for justice.

The fight for racial justice and a systemic change to our justice and policing systems is ongoing. The people are tired of being scared and are taking a stand with their protests.

If you are out there protesting, send us your videos and photos so we can see your activism in action!

READ: Oprah Winfrey Honors Breonna Taylor With Historic O Magazine Cover

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