Anti-Walker Protesters Are Planning to Show at Hart Park

Picketers could be ushered away, though, because event organizers have also rented that part of the park where they intend to protest.

Protests of some kind are being planned Saturday afternoon to counter the Celebrate Walker rally in in Wauwatosa, according to several sources.

But they may be stymied if their anticipated protests get too loud or impede anyone's access to the pro-Walker event, as its organizers have already laid claim to the same turf the protesters want to use.

We Are Milwaukee, the consortium of labor and social-left groups that organized and staged in Wauwatosa, has calls for protests on its Facebook page.

The group also created an events page on Facebook called Stand Against 1% Walker to promote a protest, but in the past 24 hours it has been largely taken over by posts and comments from Walker supporters.

The page includes a poster and text publicizing a protest from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday in Hart Park. It calls for protesters to gather at North 70th and Chestnut streets, which is within the park and immediately west of the area being barricaded off for Celebrate Walker.

However, Onward Wisconsin, the political action committee formed to , has also rented that part of the park stretching all the way to North 72nd Street.

That would put anti-Walker protesters at 70th and Chestnut squarely in the middle of a reserved area — .

Onward Wisconsin spokesman Paris Procopis said that his group does not currently plan to barricade the area between 70th and 72nd streets and will not expel anyone who does not go overboard trying to disrupt their event.

If there are serious disruptions, though, event organizers might act to remove people, he said.

"We reserve the right to exercise our permit," Procopis said. "Everyone has heard their message; now it's our turn to be heard."

Procopis acknowledged that no one can reserve the sidewalks along 70th Street, only the park commons, and that if protesters stick to the sidewalks and don't impede anyone's access, they will likely not be challenged. But he said that police had told his people they would act as necessary to protect the public safety.

Efforts to reach individuals identified as protest organizers were unsuccessful.

Ted Kraig of Council 10, representing teachers in a number of west and south suburban school districts, was a co-coordinator of the November recall rally but said he was not involved in organizing an anti-Walker rally on Saturday.

Kraig confirmed, however, that a protest effort was being planned by other members of We Are Milwaukee. He said that the lead was being taken by Peter Rickman, who also was a coordinator of the November recall petition rally.

Rickman did not return phone calls Wednesday.

An anonymous e-mail forwarded to Wauwatosa Patch referred to gathering a group of protesters outside the park and then entering the park for a picket line and protest rally. It called for recipients to forward the message through their networks.

Walker fans are taking a wait-and-see attitude toward the possibility of a turnout of protesters confronting them. With a lot of big names on stage and a crowd of 1,000 or more to protect, though, they and police will keep a close eye on the situation.

"This grass-roots event was born of a small group of people united through social media and bound by a passion for politics," said Meghan Duffey, a coordinator of Celebrate Wisconsin. "It is our intent to exercise our First Amendment right by collectively expressing our freedom of speech, as many others have in Madison.

"All we ask is that the left respect our rights, as we respect theirs by not ruining their gatherings with unruly counter-protesting."

Richard Vergis January 24, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Ray-Ray you are still dodging my reasoning for signing the recall petition. You did however spend 80% of your blog talking about voter ID fraud . I am only aware of 1 case in wisc. where there was a prosecution. An elderly man told his friend that he may of made a mistake and voted twice. Of course his friend turned him in. 7 million dollars to protect our selves from this!! The real reason for voter ID is to disenfranchise voters. Case in point.. In Texas a gun liscense is OK but a public ass. ID isn't. You can spin anything but Karl Rove stated the intent of the new voter ID laws. To help win elections by holding down the vote. I try hard to see both sides of any issue, and I agree with some of what Walker is doing , he , however, has overstepped. The dems must provide a good candidate or Walker will remain.
Ray Ray Johnson January 25, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Richard, I don't think I dodged your comments. You talked of the ALEC agenda, which I think is about voter ID. I don't listen to the pundits on TV and I don't listen to TV's 'gladiator' media. I imagine that whatever Rove said was a snippet taken out of context, or spun somehow to influence the 'Rove is evil' crowd. After all, this is what 'gladiator' media entertainment shows do. They pit rep v dem brand loyalists against each other. That does butter the bread in advertising revenues. Does Rove have so much influence? How could he, if he so villianized? It's a joke on the lot of TV watchers who believe they are seeing truth, when in reality they are not seeing truth, but what the people who product the show want them to see and then believe as truth, from the alter of the priests of the NWO. On your other point, I don't think that when the Dem senators left, the masses were speaking at all. I believe it was the Dem senators speaking in character at the behest of their handlers, the financial influences buttering their bread. WEAC, SEIU, Teamsters, AFL-CIO, etc. Lots of money in those union dues for those who work for those unions. The cost run-ups they create are but collateral damage for the rewards they reap for their own profit. The cost to the taxpayers to put their pay for play guy in the governor's mansion is of no concern to them, so long as their revenue steam flows. Blame, then oust Walker for this? To quote The Godfather's Hyman Roth, "He's small potatoes".
Richard Vergis January 25, 2012 at 07:59 PM
One last attemp,although I realize it is a waste of time. When the senators left . The people spoke. In EVERY poll. They did not support Walker. They asked for compromise . He refused . BYE, BYE SCOTTIE as it should be. Carl Rove runs the fund for Amerians for prosperity .his self -proclaimed agenda is well known.And just like Fitzgerald his comments on Fox are not taken out of context. Last night at the State of the Union Obama stated that he is responsible for less regulations in his 3 yrs than Bush. In the rep. presponse Daniels said Obama has created 3 times the regulations. I'm curious. Who's lying?
Ray Ray Johnson January 26, 2012 at 02:36 AM
It's your paradigm that's flawed, Richard. They are both lying. If they are Repubs, they are lying. If they are Dems, they are lying. My 'rant' that you cite was about this problem existing as a devisive by design, so that YOU and ME don't pay attention to the NWO oligarchs behind the curtain. It's like saying 'who's tougher? Nick Bockwinkle or Bobby 'The Brain' Henan'? It just doesn't matter who is lying, because they BOTH are. IF people like you could see beyond the television and remember your early 20th century American History, you may remember the controversies surrounding the controversial ratification of the 16th Amendment on Feb 25th, 1913, followed by the Federal Reserve Act of Dec 23rd, 1913. This One-Two punch collateralizing our a$$es to the debts our nation was to incur to a private international banking cartel's corporation is now being played out to its 100-year planned end game. Every attempt is made to distract YOU and ME and everyone else for focusing not on where this end game takes us, but on the absurd arguments you seem to have been hooked into with a barbed treble hook. On a note about your post, you really played your hand as totally duped when you actually cited, "Obama stated..." To cite Obama as someone credible is an admission that you believe what you are seeing on TV. Do yourself a favor and at least watch the Zeitgeist movie on the web. Maybe you'll begin to see that everything you thought was real about what we see today is an illusion.
Noelle Lorraine February 09, 2012 at 01:53 PM
I just noticed these attacks on the editor from my conservative comrades. I am personally asking all my allies to refrain from posting anything about this editor being biased from this point forward. Although Jim is an admitted liberal according to his bio, he is our ONLY shot at objective coverage. He never posted anything untrue or slanted. Coming from me - someone overly critical on media- that's a remarkable statement. With that said, I formally request conservatives to refrain from any comment suggesting otherwise. Thanks and God bless you all.


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