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."

Joe January 21, 2012 at 10:58 PM
No way 3000. I parked two blocks up the hill at a friend's house and the entire street was empty. Is there a secret republican underground parking facility somewhere nearby where the cars were hidden? Your majority stayed fairly silent today, considering that a speech by Erpenbach can get 30,000 peolpe to Madison, while in the middle of the largest city in Wisconsin, a rally with every Reppy official in the state draws "3000 people".
Bewildered January 21, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Hey Joe, take a DEEP breath. Let it out. Relax!
Bewildered January 21, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Oh Lyle. Once more our self proclaimed "über intellectual " is playing judge and jury on educational credentials and proper usage of the king's English. So, for all that English is your second language or who have a blue color, non degree lifestyle, don't risk the wrath of LR by participating on Patch. What's that term you so love, Lyle?....oh yea, .....SHAME
Craig January 21, 2012 at 11:47 PM
...and put the roach out, then munch on a bag of Doritos.
donna c January 22, 2012 at 12:26 AM
@Pamela. I resent the mindset of SOME employers that every time there need to be cuts, look to the workers, take from the workers or get cheaper (younger) workers. They can't keep cutting pay and hitting the work force and expecting people to still have money to spend. There was an article recently called "Squeezed" about how when people are let go, their work is just spread out on the other workers. And, they are oftentimes expected to still get it done in 40 hours. I know this has happened everywhere I've worked starting in the 90s. The productivity of the US worker has skyrocketed, but we don't get more time off for it, just more work.
donna c January 22, 2012 at 12:28 AM
@Joe: He was raising money from one of the AIG banksters, no less.
donna c January 22, 2012 at 12:32 AM
@Joe--THAT is what Kathleen Falk was pointing out. We were NOT broke. We were in pretty decent shape for a recession, until he came in and gave away money and declared us broke. Shoot, no money, maybe we better end collective bargaining and to make it look like it's about money, let's charge them 5.9% for their pension, even though they already pay for it via deferred comp (anyone that doesnt' get this, see "The Wisconsin Lie Exposed" in Forbes magazine. Tax payers do not pay for the state workers pensions.
donna c January 22, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Exactly Gail. The trickle down has not worked. Yet we keep giving them money, hoping they do something with it in this country, those might "job creators." If they create jobs, they are in Mexico or Mianmar. Bush blessed the job creators as did Reagan -- where are the jobs?
donna c January 22, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Yes, it's unbelievable here in Madison. People were literally dragged out of the assembly, while reading from the assembly rules, that they had the right to be there. They put people in jail for watching (and taping) assembly hearings! What do they have to hide?? It's never happened before. We used to have open government. Granted, this was fitzgerald, not walker, but they're all clones of each other in fitzwalkerstan.
Richard Vergis January 22, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Ray-Ray . You seem to put everyone in a " box. " It must be tough being "you " Life from your point of view is frightening. Our conversation started with you looking for someone with an argument for removing a sitting governor . I gave you some. You did not address my reasons but instead went on some rant . I guess you had no answer for my reasons for signing the petition. A little honesty on your part would help.
donna c January 22, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Joe: You're not supposed to mention the Kochs. They don't want to hear it. They have no problem with Koch giving Walker his marching orders, the answer will be "George Soros" as if there is some equivalency.
donna c January 22, 2012 at 02:51 AM
Reminiscent of Sarah Pahlin talking about "blood libel." Dog whistle stuff--code.
donna c January 22, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Cute. How have the unions intimidated you?
Ray Ray Johnson January 22, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Richard, you're right. I did wander off point. Such is the blogosphere. To address your points, you've made some wide brush strokes, but again, such is the blogoshpere. I don't completely agree that there was heavy-handedness out of the ordinary; it's just that the austerity measures legilsated upon require action. As far as the ALEC agenda, I simply don't agree. In no way do I feel in this world that requires ID for most citizenry mobility, voter ID is anything less than standard accountability. Who profits by NO voter ID? Those whose ends justify the means, quite simply. Those who travel to WI to vote unlawfully, those who vote for the dead, those who vote for those who did not vote, those who vote in multiple districts, etc. Voter ID stop that. A state ID card is free. I would add that if someone has a mobility problem getting a free state ID card, wouldn't they have a similar mobility problem getting to the polls? As a concession, a free state ID card should be and could be issued at an ALIS terminal at the local cop shop or city hall, with presentation of a birth certificate, military ID, etc., etc. If you object to $7mil spent on election integrity measures, you should object to the $30 mil spent on stopping the admin that is trying to spend the $7 mil to protect elections. Elected officials generally won't prosecute election fraud because they have been elected. That's a little like the junkies running the pharmacy.
Paris Procopis January 22, 2012 at 05:38 PM
So erasmus, thousands of people, some are saying over 4000, I must have a pretty organized underwear drawer :)
Brian Myers January 23, 2012 at 03:55 AM
Randy Sparks is another stupid Obamabot!!!
CowDung January 23, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Donna: If you don't like companies coming in and taking all of 'your' oil, then feel free to start drilling your own wells and use the oil for yourself. I suspect that the oil companies aren't drilling without paying some sort of fee to buy/lease the land or buy permits to drill offshore. The oil companies pay for the right to drill, they pay the cost of doing the drilling, they pay the costs associated with getting the oil to market, they deserve to keep the profits they make by selling the oil...
donna c January 23, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Dung: Exxon Mobile poster $30 million in PROFITS. The highest profits ever. And the price of gas keeps going up, but you're satisfied because they (probably) pay for drilling rights to take oil that belongs to the US and sell it on the world market? OK. http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune500/2011/full_list/index.html
CowDung January 23, 2012 at 04:35 PM
How are you determining that they are the 'highest profits ever'? By dollar amount, they probably are. By measure of profit margin, they really are not. Using your link, Exxon made $354,674 million in revenues with a profit of $30,460 million means that they spent $324,214 million in order to make that profit. If I do my math correctly, that comes to a profit margin of around 8.5%. Not exactly the huge margin that I would call 'record profits'. There shouldn't be anything wrong with a company posting a modest profit on the money they invest. How does the oil belong to the US? If they purchase the mineral rights for the land/area they extract oil from, then the oil belongs to them.
CowDung January 23, 2012 at 04:38 PM
If the people were reading from the assembly rules, aren't they inturrupting the proceedings? People have a right to be there, but they don't have the right to disrupt the proceedings...
donna c January 23, 2012 at 06:55 PM
@cowdung. No, revenues do not equal expenses, the fuzzy math doesn't work. Those are their profits, meaning profits--that means the profit you make from doing business. Revenues less expenses.
Keith Schmitz January 23, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Jimmy -- the right would love to interfere with the anti-Walker protests if they could but they can't. Even with all the Koch money busing wingers out to Madison when the recall effort had a massive rally all they could muster was maybe a thousand.
CowDung January 23, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Correct--revenues do not equal expenses. Revenues = Expenses + Profits. I thought I made that clear in my comment. No 'fuzzy math' involved at all. Revenues: $354,674 million Profits: $30,460 million Expenses: $324,214 million It still works out to a rather modest profit margin of 8.5%.
CowDung January 23, 2012 at 07:06 PM
What exactly are these alleged 'marching orders' that Walker is getting from the Kochs?
Keith Schmitz January 23, 2012 at 07:09 PM
We're hearing a lot of stories from people like you Rudy, who may not share our politics but do share our Wisconsin values. The Walker people not only attack those who cannot fight back, but also his supports have physically attacked petition circulators. Wisconsin is definitely a purple state, and the people like polices that we work on together, not forced fed.
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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