Community organizations send an open letter message to Milwaukee leadership: Don’t Hold the Republican Convention in Milwaukee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 24, 2022

CONTACTS: Jessica Schmidt, 414-469-9206, [email protected]

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(Milwaukee, WI) – We the undersigned community organizations want to send a clear message to city, county and state leaders: the Republican National Convention is not welcome in Milwaukee.

The Republican Party, both nationally and in Wisconsin, has become an organization that supports White Supremacists, the violent attempted coup at the US Capitol to overthrow a democratic election, and continues to engineer new ways to undermine fair and democratic elections. 

The recent hate crime in Buffalo, is one of many escalated acts of violent hate inspired by their  “great replacement” rhetoric, fear mongering, and harmful policies, and  is yet another reminder of why we must not normalize the far right that has captured the Republican Party.

We take seriously the challenge to view issues through the twin lenses of “equity and race”; welcoming the current version of the Republican Party to Milwaukee does not meet that challenge.It undermines it.  

We work collaboratively on issues relative to the rights of workers on the job and the right to democratically organize at workplaces in the Milwaukee area, and we note that the RNC and many elected members of the party have serious shortcomings in their attitudes towards workers rights and unions.

We call on all *Wisconsintes to send a strong message to Mayor Johnson and our Common Council representatives to oppose hosting the RNC in Milwaukee. 

Voces de la Frontera Action

Power to the Polls

Milwaukee Area Labor Council

Never Again is Now

SEIU

*Freedom Action Now

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*added after initial press release

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