Hundreds march Milwaukee’s streets together, but did not share same concerns

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MILWAUKEE -- There were plenty of fireworks outside of the Republican presidential debate on Tuesday evening. As many as 1,200 people took to the streets of Milwaukee to protest everything from $15 an hour to pension reform.

The journey of the protesters began for most at City Hall -- just a few blocks from the Milwaukee Theatre. While they marched together, it was very clear they did not all share the same voice or concerns.

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Protesters in downtown Milwaukee

"America has a race problem they trying to sweep it under the rug, and it needs to be addressed," said Vaughn Mayes.

Mayes says the American flag no longer represents him.

"It really stands for unity, and really covers everybody, and it covers everyone as Americans, and I can't respect that," Mayes said.

By the time the massive group lined up at City Hall, their voices also shouted about immigration reform, education, Black Lives Matter and corporate greed.

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Protesters in downtown Milwaukee

Along the five-block journey, the protesters were joined by puppets of the Republican candidates. At the Milwaukee Theatre, more protesters merged into the group.

From funding non-profits...

"We're out here because Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of  death in America," said one protester.

To marijuana.

"Wisconsin is just really outdated in their marijuana laws and it looks like we might be the last to legalize it," said another.

They were different groups with different messages -- all hoping those inside the Milwaukee Theatre were listening.

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Protesters in downtown Milwaukee

7 comments

    • molon labe

      BlackLIESmatter – minimum wage is an entry level wage. Wake up. you’re supposed to have bills and kids AFTER you establish yourself in the community dummy.

      “There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs-partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.” BOOKER T. Washington

  • CYNIC

    “It really stands for unity, and really covers everybody, and it covers everyone as Americans, and I can’t respect that,” Mayes said.

    Oh, and BLACK lives matter. Just black ones. Because everyone else is a racist.

    • 15 for more food

      Well the big girl in the picture didnt, she wants 15 an hours cause she spends what she makes ad McD’s…..

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