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Recall Organizers Plan Rally at Walker's Wauwatosa Home

We Are Milwaukee to demonstrate on same day that effort to recall Wisconsin governor officially gets under way.

A statewide effort to gets under way Tuesday, and at least one organization plans to start the effort off with a bang: By holding a recall rally in front of the governor's Wauwatosa home.

Planning for the rally has been under the radar. No press releases have been sent to the media and there isn't much information about it online.

But organizers said Thursday that the rally is a go, with local, regional and national groups behind it.

We Are Milwaukee, an "alliance of community-based organizations, unions, faith communities and local leaders," is planning to meet at 4:30 p.m. at the Juneau High School, 6415 W. Mount Vernon Ave. in Milwaukee, and march four blocks north to Walker's residence at 520 N. 68th St.

There, the group says on its Facebook page, the marchers will collect signatures "in the front yard of Walker's own neighbors who have volunteered their space to help us start off the recall right."

Nobody knows how large the rally will be, but a group affiliated with the state teachers union is offering bus rides to the rally from Oshkosh and Beaver Dam.

Wauwatosa police aren't sure what to expect, but they're ready nonetheless, said Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber.

Weber said Thursday he was aware that some kind of event would be taking place at Walker's home and that police were beginning  to lay plans for it. No one had provided any estimate of how large a crowd might be expected.

Debbie Brent, president of the Wauwatosa Education Association, the union representing Wauwatosa public schools teachers, said Thursday that her group was part of the We Are Milwaukee effort. "The date has been set, and I'll be informing members," she said. "I'll be calling people tonight.

"We are joining forces. It's pretty grassroots."

A canvasser for the AFL-CIO working a Wauwatosa neighborhood said that organization also was promoting the rally.

Tuesday is the kickoff day for signature-gathering in an effort to recall the governor that has been talked about since he announced his budget-repair bill in February, which repealed most collective bargaining rights for unionized public employees.

The principal organization promoting the statewide recall, Wisconsin United, also posted We Are Milwaukee's notice but has not further publicized it. Wisconsin United and other groups have been promoting their main own kickoff rally in Madison on Nov. 19.

Attempts to reach organizers at We Are Milwaukee for comment were not immediately successful. Wauwatosa Patch was told through an intermediary that the organizers were still biding their time to alert the media to their plans.

The executive officer of the Southeast Region headquarters of the Wisconsin State Patrol, Lt. James M. Kicmol, said Thursday he was not aware of any planned rally at Walker's house. The State Patrol has been providing security surveillance of Walker's home since protests exploded in Madison and around the state, including what were perceived as threats to Walker.

Meanwhile, Winnebagoland UniServ, a group affiliated with the Wisconsin Education Association Council and the National Education Association, was offered two free bus rides to Wauwatosa on Tuesday.

A registration calendar advertised the "Recall Walker Bus" from Beaver Dam to Wauwatosa with pickup at 4 p.m. in the Shopko parking lot, 822 Park Ave., for travel to Wauwatosa for the rally and petition signing, and a bus picking up in Oshkosh at 3:45 p.m. at Oshkosh Aviation Plaza, 2175 S. Koeller St.

The rally will take place nine months to the day that about 1,000 people gathered at Walker's home to protest his efforts to eliminate collective bargaining rights from public employees.

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patchreader 123 November 15, 2011 at 04:12 AM
Per Bucky: "The only people on here that promote the thought of any violence is the Walker supports [sic]. In the last year I have not heard of one case of Walkers wife or Kids being harassed." What about death threats? http://www.fox6now.com/news/witi-20111108-walker-responds-death-threat,0,6843711.story Or daily, harassing drive-by's: http://www.jsonline.com/watchdog/noquarter/129628258.html
Morninmist Same November 15, 2011 at 01:38 PM
good luck john
Morninmist Same November 15, 2011 at 01:54 PM
History was made at 12 midnight. It was a glorious signing event. Meanwhile: http://host.madison.com/ct/news/opinion/editorial/walker-acknowledges-his-reforms-have-hurt-schools/article_8e7f5e61-8bc8-5df7-9f39-ead889bc140d.html#ixzz1dmJasWg5 Walker acknowledges his ‘reforms’ have hurt schools Tuesday, November 15, 2011 4:30 am ..............But he threw in the towel Monday, with an acknowledgement that the cuts have been deep and painful. Of course, Walker did not know he was admitting the failure of his initiative. But consider the governor’s response to the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators survey of districts across the state. The survey found that the majority of Wisconsin students now attend schools that have experienced significant cuts in teaching staff and education aides and that the deepest cuts were to special education programs. The report was broadly seen as a damning indictment of the governor’s approach. Walker had to say something. ... One in four school districts (25 percent) that responded to the survey had been forced to increase class sizes for kindergartners and children in first, second and third grade. One in three districts (33 percent) had been forced to increase the class sizes for children in fourth through sixth grade. These numbers add up to less teacher time per student in the critical early grades for tens of thousands of Wisconsin children. But it gets worse. More at link...
Dirk November 15, 2011 at 03:21 PM
I'm skiptracing some of the union heads home addresses. Once I get them verified, I'll post them on the Patch.com and other internet sites. Perhaps some counter-demonstrations are in order despite the zero media coverage we would receive. Details upcoming....
TosaRealist November 15, 2011 at 03:25 PM
Dirk I will be photographing and video taping license numbers of protestors as well to post thier home addresses and background information. Let me know the details....these union goons and bullies are out of control.
CowDung November 15, 2011 at 03:36 PM
Get his facts straight? The headline at the top of the page reads: "Recall Organizers Plan Rally at Walker's Wauwatosa Home ", not "Recall Organizers Plan Rally at Park 4 Blocks Away from Walker's Wauwatosa Home "
Morninmist Same November 15, 2011 at 03:50 PM
Dirk and TosaRealist No doubt you learned your vile intimidation tactics from Charlie Sykes! I knew a couple of school yard bullies whose behavior you replicate. Fortunately, they have grown up and become productive, mature members of our community. You two have not yet taken that step.!! .............................................. Dirk 9:21am on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 I'm skiptracing some of the union heads home addresses. Once I get them verified, I'll post them on the Patch.com and other internet sites. Perhaps some counter-demonstrations are in order despite the zero media coverage we would receive. Details upcoming.... ......................... TosaRealist 9:25am on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 Dirk I will be photographing and video taping license numbers of protestors as well to post thier home addresses and background information. Let me know the details....these union goons and bullies are out of control.
CowDung November 15, 2011 at 03:57 PM
It actually sounds like they learned their tactics from the recall organizers who planned the rally at Walker's Wauwatosa home... Personally, I think the recall organizers are wrong to target Walker's family home, and it is wrong for Dirk and TosaRealist to respond in kind. We shouldn't be bringing peoples' homes or families into this.
Waukesha Patriot November 15, 2011 at 05:53 PM
Wake up people, the only ones who would gain anything by recalling Walker are the greedy public union workers. The other 70% of us would suffer higher taxes and no private sector job growth. Let's not forget we are still suffering from Doyle's hate for and policies against the job creators.
jt November 15, 2011 at 07:23 PM
great sign of solidarity in sturtevant today! hundreds of protesters picketing scott walkers speach at ruud lighting . and huge numbers of recall signatures securely taken and witnessed on recalls for walker, kleifish and wanggard! the difference between workers and the teagopersis workers do, teagopers talk! keep on blogging teagopers, while we keep doing!
Craig November 15, 2011 at 07:29 PM
Shameful behaviour by a small group of bitter, sad people.
Dan Wood November 15, 2011 at 11:37 PM
Three words for the ralliers outside of Walkers house "Shame Shame Shame!"
Dan Wood November 15, 2011 at 11:40 PM
Walker is actually putting money in my wallet by not letting my taxes get raised. Remember John, the rest of us are your employers.
Dan Wood November 15, 2011 at 11:54 PM
Craig - you are ignoring the distinction between PRIVATE unions and PUBLIC unions. Private unions can keep beating up the company and making demands until the company either goes bankrupt or moves to a more hospitible area. The public sector doesn't have that option - all they can do is keep taxing until they drive businesses and citizens to move somewhere else.
Bad Momma November 16, 2011 at 03:24 AM
These recall organizers must be full of hate to target Walker's home and family. Stick to the issues and logic, which may not be on their side.
Dennis Allen November 16, 2011 at 10:12 PM
John : Great things ? I fell out of my chair laughing so hard after reading that one. Keep posting, I love to laugh.
Dennis Allen November 16, 2011 at 10:36 PM
Three cheers for the good people of Kansas.
Lyle Ruble November 16, 2011 at 11:11 PM
@AWD...I'm hurt. You left me off the list. I oppose Walker, so don't I deserve to be listed with Scott Ross, George Soros, and Lena Taylor? Remember I am self identified as a democratic socialist. I am looking at that fat wallet of yours and drooling.
Dennis Allen November 16, 2011 at 11:19 PM
Best of luck with all recall efforts. May there be a light at the end of the tunnel you have been in.
Dennis Allen November 16, 2011 at 11:27 PM
You boys go for it.
James R Hoffa November 16, 2011 at 11:30 PM
@Lyle - That's pretty good! Thanks for the laugh :-)
James R Hoffa November 16, 2011 at 11:55 PM
@AWD - Ditto your comments about Feingold - I used to back and even voted for Russ as well, but then he really did change (for the worse)!
marybeth mack November 17, 2011 at 12:05 AM
Walker doesn't have to do a thing if he chooses not to. He doesn't have to waste any more time......he should just keep working on his "job creating" plan and pay no attention to the recall or the recall election. He should just put his and Becky's names on the ballot and not say another word. He doesn't HAVE to spend another penny on trying to win a recall election. He doesn't HAVE to waste a single DIME of the GOP's money on the silly election recall to come. He is so concerned about the taxpayers and their plight afterall. He has so much support people will vote for him with no reiteration of "all the good he's done". I would be genuinely happy to never hear from him again spouting his propaganda. All of his supporters do it for him anyway. So let him be silent now.....and let the chips fall where they may.
Keith Schmitz November 17, 2011 at 12:09 AM
"Sold his soul to the progressives?" He always was progressive. The only reason why Feingold lost was that voters thought they would try something new, though they put in a clueless ideologue. Don't forget Feingold got voted in when he courageously stood alone to vote against the so-called Patriot Act in 2004, a year when the Democrats lost. BTW -- you won't see voters make this mistake again, especially as they grow slowly aware that the GOP doesn't care a crap about job creation.
marybeth mack November 17, 2011 at 12:12 AM
Yes Dee, I agree. And furthermore if one is really concerned about making things BETTER for the majority, then wouldn't he/she be advocating to lift people UP to a better level of so-called "security" as far as retirement and healthcare, instead of trying to drag people DOWN to an unacceptable level?????
Brian Dey November 17, 2011 at 01:44 AM
One word about the recall effort: UNIMPRESSED
Bucky November 17, 2011 at 02:41 AM
Dale thats ZERO not HERO.
Bucky November 17, 2011 at 02:44 AM
Now heres a real Wacko ... Tosa GUN nut.
Bucky November 17, 2011 at 02:53 AM
Hoffa , You and Walker are in a airplane ... planes going down, your in crash mode. You have 1 parachute, one of you is not going to make it. Who gets the parachute. Don't bother to answer the question, I already know the answer. You of course.
James R Hoffa November 17, 2011 at 05:38 PM
@Bucky - Much like William Shatner's character of Captain James T. Kirk from the ever so popular Star Trek franchise, Hoffa doesn't believe in the 'no-win' scenario. There's always a way to win - you just have to find it! That’s the difference between liberals (eternal pessimists) and conservatives (eternal optimists)! Don’t worry, someday, even you’ll start to understand! :-)

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