#JusticeOrElse: Coalition of community leaders calls for holiday spending boycott

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MILWAUKEE -- A coalition of community leaders gathered on Tuesday morning, November 17th to announce a boycott of holiday spending in response to which it calls police brutality, racist attacks, and economic injustice.

The local organizing committee for #JusticeOrElse presented the campaign of economic withdrawal starting on Black Friday and continuing until after New Years Day.



"You hit them in the pocketbook -- that at least gives them a wake-up call," Patricia McManus, president and CEO of the Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin said.

As she explained to her granddaughter, McManus says this is a call for Milwaukee residents to not spend money over the holidays unless it will go directly into black communities.

"We're not buying anything that's not black -- and she looked at me and said 'there are black and white people in a lot of shops' and I said 'that's fine, as long as it's owned by somebody black,'" McManus said.

The movement #JusticeOrElse is inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who called for a holiday spending boycott in the 60s to"redistribute the pain."



The families of Dontre Hamilton and Corey Stingley, who were both killed over the past few years, stand in support of this movement.

"I say withhold your spending," Nate Hamilton said.

"That's just the beginning with this boycott, with the withdrawal of our support for a system that doesn't support us," Craig Stingley said.

"There's so many things you can do to benefit your families this holiday season with those resources," Alderman Ashanti Hamilton said.

"I'm very proud of our community for this," McManus said.

FOX6 spoke with several retailers about this boycott. They didn't want to go on camera, but they did say they're concerned about what this could mean for spending and support this holiday season.



Monitor FOX6 News and FOX6Now.com for updates on this developing story.


  • Wilhelm Klink

    I would think they would boycott black businesses if anything because of the much higher rate of black-on-black crime posing a far greater threat to the black community. But I guess it doesn’t work that way…

  • richard cranium

    so who thinks white people will be upset that black people won’t be in their stores this holiday season?

    • Mark

      oh, they’ll still be in the stores. They’ll be trying Christmas shop without actually paying for it. Ohh, there’s a shocker.

    • Darren

      Hey racist tool, most black shoppers just like whites purchase most of there stuff online these days. As Wall Street journal pointed out blacks purchase billions worth of products each consecutive year which is why so many advertisers have been demanding more peopel of color on there promos! You are a unformed goon.

      • 2ECOND

        sorry Darren, more blacks are on commercials because blacks have cried racism so much that now everyone is worried about being politically correct.

  • Shaqkuan "Too Fly Fo You I Smak HOs And My 7 Babymammas Smoke Ervery Day! Reck STuff Fo Sho Cuz I Can!" Smith

    Fox6 is the only major news agency in the Milwaukee area that publicized this stunt. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have known about it. Bravo, Fox6 news, for another story on another “journalistic” story. Yep. You were first. And the only station to “report” it. Keep spreading propaganda that will divide our nation.

    You see, there are stories that MUST be published, and those that SHOULD be published. You choose what is important to you. Unfortunately, invariably, some will follow in your suit. I understand that is what you want: divisiveness and conflict. You need conflict, and therefore ratings, blah, blah, blah… anyways, #fox6newsisliberalbs

    • TBone

      FAUX 6 has been deleting comments they don’t like since 1956, didn’t you know? The truth to liberals is like salt to a slug…lol

  • Kodzdoo

    Wow… these comments are incredible. What should be boycotted are national chains. Local shops should always be supported – regardless of race.

  • Booker

    “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

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