Wednesday, June 17, 2020 marks the 20th consecutive day of peaceful Milwaukee protests sparked by the murder of George Floyd. Here are just a few of the day’s events, sure to be joined by many more.

We Thank You Wednesday – Standing for Racial and Economic Justice

Washington High School (2525 N. Sherman Blvd.)
11:15 a.m.

On Wednesday, June 17, working people from the greater Milwaukee Area will join thousands of people from across the country in a Workers First Caravan for Racial and Economic Justice, a massive national day of action calling for bold policies to confront the three crises facing America: a public health pandemic, an economic free fall and long-standing structural racism.

America’s Five Economic Essentials must be combined with policing reforms and implemented in ways that recognize the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on workers of color.

On June 17th, we will highlight the work being done by the men and women of Milwaukee Public Schools from AFSCME Wisconsin Council 32 Local 1053, IUOE Local 420, and the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association.

These teachers, secretaries, support staff, engineers, custodians, and more care for the students of Milwaukee throughout the year. During COVID-19, the heart and soul of our public schools have continued to ensure that students receive virtual lessons, access to meals, and that their voices are lifted up during protests across the City.

We will also honor the memory of Ralph Davis, a paraprofessional and coach at Washington High School who died of COVID-19 earlier this year.

We take the health and safety of our members seriously. For that reason, we require all those who join in We Thank You Wednesday’s show of support to wear masks and maintain social distancing rules of staying at least 6 feet apart during our rally. Contact jay@milwaukeelabor.org with any questions.

Get MPD Out Of MPS!

Milwaukee Public School (5225 W. Vliet St.)
5 p.m.

Leaders Igniting Transformation (LIT) is hosting a public rally (and press conference) outside Milwaukee Public Schools Central Office to demand divestment from police in Milwaukee schools. For the past 2.5 years, LIT youth have advocated for MPS to end all MPD contracts. A School Board vote on a full divestment resolution is expected on Thursday, June 18th.

WHAT: “Get MPS Out of MPD” Rally & Press Conference

WHERE: The event will be held at Milwaukee Public Schools Central Office (5225 W Vliet St, Milwaukee WI 53208). A stage will be set-up in Wick Field (right next to Central Office) where the program and press conference will be held.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 17th, 2020

• 5:00-6:30 – Public Rally

• 6:30-6:45 – Program / Press Conference
Moderator: Keshaun, LIT High School Member (MPS Student)
Speakers: LIT Youth Leaders / MPS Students (Johnny, Journee, Lesley)

Drive-In: 13th

Bounce Milwaukee (2801 S. 5th Ct.)
8:30 p.m.

13th is a powerful documentary that addresses racial issues confronting America in 2016. In a time of polarized attitudes about mass incarceration, brutality, and the explosion of for-profit prisons and their affiliates, director Ava DuVernay interviews social activists, academics, journalists, and political figures to make the case that today’s prisons, which house millions of persons of color, are simply the next incarnation of the centuries-old U.S. exploitation.

Your $10 suggested donation to reserve your parking spot will be donated to Leaders Igniting Transformation to further their social justice activism in the community. We’ll also provide you with a $5 coupon code for food and drinks during the showing.

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