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"Occupy" protesters march on Milwaukee

"Occupy" protesters march on Milwaukee

By Michele Fiore. CREATED Oct 30, 2011

MILWAUKEE - Saturday was round two for "Occupy Milwaukee" and "Occupy the Hood."

The beat of their drums was as loud as their chanting.

Protesters shouted out loud, "Tell me what democracy looks like? This is what democracy looks like."

About 400 people met at Lincoln Park, holding signs and banners for a patchwork of causes.

The organizer of Occupy Milwaukee told TODAY'S TMJ4, "Well, today's fight is about the lack of jobs."

"We want corporations that are going to sustain our homes. Make our families livable. So we can have everything the rich has as well."

Protesters marched from the park to the old A.O. Smith/Tower Automotive site.

That plant once employed thousands of people in Milwaukee.

TODAY'S TMJ4's Nick Montes asked one protestor,"Why is this so important to you?

The protester answered, "It's so important because this is the first movement in the country that's occupying the hood that's coming to the neighborhood that's most affected by the job crisis."

The march also highlighted opposition to Senate Bill 207. It would allow employers to not hire or to terminate employees who have been convicted of a felony.

Supporters of the bill say it's a safety issue.
 

Michele Fiore

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Michele Fiore joined TODAY’S TMJ4 in 2013 after spending two years as a part-time reporter/anchor for our sister station, Newsradio 620 WTMJ.