Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Black & Brown Unity March Hits Segregation in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE Black & Brown Unity march hits segregation

Published Nov 20, 2011 9:21 PM

A youth-led Black & Brown Unity march and rally took to the streets of Milwaukee on Nov. 12. A Latino/a contingent marching north from M&I Bank and an African-American contingent marching south after a protest at U.S. Bank converged on the 27th Street Bridge. They then marched together with allies to Mitchell Park, where they convened for cultural presentations and a powerful speakout of oppressed peoples from throughout Metro Milwaukee and beyond.

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Milwaukee has become a city with a majority of people of color. Black and Brown people make up more than 60 percent of the population.

The sponsoring groups, Occupy the Hood and Decolonize the Hood, in their call for the action, pointed out that “Milwaukee has some of the highest racial disparities in unemployment, health care, education, prison rates and much more. It is also the number one segregated city in the nation. We believe identifying socioeconomic and social injustices shared by Black and Brown communities helps draw attention to the ills caused by disenfranchisement and exploitation. Therefore, November 12th, a National Day of Action in Milwaukee, will be a collaborative effort by both Black and Brown communities to join forces to fight against these social and institutional forces of oppression.”

—Report and photo by Bryan G. Pfeifer
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