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- August 22, 2012 - Palermo pizza workers go on strike, Force ICE to back off
(Liberation News) Faced with low wages, unsafe working conditions and arbitrary firings, food workers employed by Palermo, a company that makes frozen pizza, have followed the time-honored tradition of the working class: organize and fight back. Since June 1, workers at the Milwaukee factory have been on strike.
- August 22, 2012 - Post recall failure, unions reach out to immigrants to broaden appeal
(The Capital Times) No one was watching when a bus-load of striking factory workers pulled up early on a Sunday morning in July outside the vast Costco store on the far reaches of Middleton. A couple of dozen workers from Palermo's Pizza in Milwaukee, joined by local union members and activist students from a national group meeting in Madison, hoisted protest signs and began to march.
- August 21, 2012 - AFL-CIO PRESIDENT RICHARD TRUMKA WELCOMES MEETING WITH PALERMO’S CEO
(AFL-CIO) Trumka hopeful for fair and just resolution for striking workers at pizza plant Washington, DC, August 21, 2012—AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka announced today that he welcomes a dialogue with Palermo Villa, Inc. CEO Giacomo Fallucca to discuss the company’s recent actions in response to union organizing efforts among workers at the pizza manufacturing plant in Milwaukee.
- August 20, 2012 - Palermo's wants employee vote to move forward
(BizTimes) Milwaukee frozen pizza manufacturer Palermo Villa Inc. on Friday expressed a desire to move forward with a stalled union election at the company.
- August 20, 2012 - Hundreds line up for new immigration application
(JS online) Erika Garcia, 29, arrived at 5:45 a.m. Sunday at St. Adalbert Catholic Church and was the first of hundreds to line up to get their questions answered about the government's new deferred action immigration policy for those brought here as children.
- August 19, 2012 - Hundreds of Local "DREAMers" Attend Deferred Action Event
(CBS 58) MILWAUKEE-- Hundreds of young undocumented immigrants packed a church on Milwaukee's South Side to learn more about the Deferred Action program.
- August 13, 2012 - AFL-CIO calls for national boycott of Palermo's
(BizTimes)The AFL-CIO has called for a nationwide boycott of Milwaukee-based Palermo Villa Inc., which is embroiled in a labor dispute. The boycott covers Palermo's brand pizza, "Classics" brand pizza and private label brand frozen pizza produced by Palermo, including Costco's Kirkland brand.
- August 9, 2012 - AFL-CIo endorses national boycott of Palermo's
(JS online) The AFL-CIO Thursday endorsed a nationwide boycott of Palermo’s Pizza where workers have been on strike since June 1 as part of an effort to unionize.
- August 6, 2012 - Striking Palermo's Workers Ask Costco to Enforce Suppliers Code of Conduct
(AFL-CIO) Workers at Palermos Pizza in Milwaukee, Wis., have been on strike for nearly two months in a struggle for justice with one of the largest frozen pizza manufacturers in the nation.
- August 3, 2012 - This Week in Poverty: ‘Respect the Worker’
(The Nation) In 2007, Cesar was operating the Multivac machine that wraps frozen pizzas produced at Palermo’s Pizza factory in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
- August 1, 2012 - Union: Fair Election Impossible Following Mass Firings by Pizza Company
(In These Times) On Sunday, students and Wisconsin union members joined striking workers as they launched a national boycott of their employer, Palermo’s Pizza. The boycott is the latest escalation in the workers’ two-month strike against the frozen pizza factory.
- July 30, 2012 - Palermo workers launch national boycott effort
(Biz Times) As the worker strike at Palermo Villa Inc. enters its third month, workers urged customers at Costco Wholesale Corp. grocery stores to boycott the Palermo’s Pizza products manufactured at the company.
- July 27, 2012 - Fight Over Immigrant Firings
(New York Times) On May 27, about 150 workers from Palermo’s Pizza factory here, representing three-fourths of its production workers, met to sign a petition saying they wanted to unionize. They say they gave the petition to management two days later.
- July 25, 2012 - Palermo’s Union Strong Despite Company Attacks
(Scfl) While the lawyers wrangle, the workers on the picket line at Palermo’s Pizza in Milwaukee remain strong, united and determined. And the issues are bigger than first meet the eye.
- July 20, 2012 - Accomplishment of NAACP to preserve voter rights puts organization ‘back to front’
(MCJ) The Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP and Voces de la Frontera should be congratulated for their efforts resulting in a state Circuit Court judge placing a permanent injunction against Wisconsin’s Voter ID Law, which stops the law from taking effect.
- July 17, 2012 - Judge bars enforcement of voter ID requirements
(State Journal) A Dane County judge on Tuesday permanently barred enforcement of the photo identification requirements of Wisconsin's voter ID law, saying that it imposes too great a burden on voters in Wisconsin than the state constitution allows.
- July 17, 2012 - Abele should appreciate the struggle of Palermo's workers
(JS Online) Over a month ago, I and my co-workers at Palermo's Pizza were faced with a choice: stand together to improve our working conditions or give in.
- July 13, 2012 - Solidarity Dinner Raises Money for Striking Palermo’s Pizza Workers
(Occupy Riverwest) Milwaukee, WI - The United Lodge 66 on Milwaukee’s south side was jam packed with supporters of the striking Palermo’s Pizza workers who have been on strike for well over a month now, demanding the company recognize their union
- July 9, 2012 - NLRB makes decision on Palermo’s vote
(Biz Times) The National Labor Relations Board has issued a decision regarding voter eligibility in the upcoming vote on whether to unionize Palermo’s Pizza. Palermo's workers filed a petition to form a union with the NLRB on May 29. Then, they filed an unfair labor practice charge against the company on June 4, which alleges coercive actions (such as surveillance and intimidation)
- July 6, 2012 - Vote to Unionize Palermo's Pizza Workers Postponed
(WUWM) Workers at Palermo’s Pizza in Milwaukee were supposed to vote today on whether to form their own union. However, the vote has been delayed because another union wants to be involved. As WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson reports, advocates for the workers continue to put pressure on the company to improve conditions at the Menomonee Valley plant.
- July 2, 2012 - Palermo’s Pizza Workers Mark One Month on Strike, Deliver Petitions in Pizza Boxes
(AFL-CIO) Palermo’s Pizza workers in Milwaukee, are marking one month on strike with two events this week.
- June 30, 2012 - Peoples Publications Pizza Politics Public House
(Riverwest Currents) The evening of Thursday, June 21 started with a beer and Riverwest Co-op Café vegan tacos, music provided by Michael Bootzin. This was the celebration of People’s Books Cooperative’s (PBC) fifth anniversary, complete with candles and a vegan chocolate cake. It was also the public announcement of the move from their location on Locust east of Oakland to Center Street in Riverwest. Mike Gonzales, of PBC board did the talking.
- June 28, 2012 - Attacks on students' vote effort off the mark
(JS Online) As young people, we are keyed into what's fair and not fair in our lives. We call things that are really unfair injustices. Youths in Racine have a history and pride in fighting against injustices and for a better world with Youth Empowered in the Struggle, a youth-led group that works for social justice.
- June 26, 2012 - Nuns on Bus Give Yardstick to Paul Ryan on Catholic Economic Justice
(In These Times) Catholic nuns seem to have an uncanny ability to spot the insincere, the hypocritical and the uncaring. Thus, it should be no surprise that House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan—selected by his Janesville, Wis., high-school classmates as "Biggest Brown-Noser" at the same time they elected him prom king—would fail to pass the sniff test of progressive nuns.
- June 25, 2012 - Local reaction to Supreme Court"s Arizona ruling
(JSonline) The U. S. Supreme Court's ruling on Arizon's SB 1070 striking down parts of the state's immigration law, but keepng the most controversial "show me your papers" provision drew a lot of local reaction Monday.
- June 25, 2012 - Local politicans, groups react after Supreme Court immigration ruling
(Fox 6) MILWAUKEE — The U.S. Supreme Court Monday, June 25th decided to reject key parts of Arizona’s immigration law, but one part it left intact is causing controversy.
- June 25, 2012 - Palermo Pizza Workers Entering Fourth Week of Strike
(PR Watch) Workers at the Palermo pizza factory in Milwaukee, Wisconsin are entering their fourth week on strike, demanding recognition for a union and demanding the reinstatement of workers who have been terminated for organizing and participating in the union drive. Palermo Villa, Inc. prepares and markets frozen pizza under many brand names across the United States and Canada.
- June 24, 2012 - Palermo facing union organizing, immigration issues
(JSonline) When it announced it would move its sprawling frozen pizza business into the Menomonee Valley's new business park, Palermo Villa Inc. was praised by city officials as a corporate star, bringing new development and good paying jobs to the heart of the city.
- June 22, 2012 - Support grows for pizza plant workers
(Workers) Members of the Palermo’s Workers Union are entering their third week on strike, with growing support from across Wisconsin, nationally and internationally. The strike is now the cutting-edge working-class struggle in Wisconsin. Hundreds of multinational supporters have joined the bilingual picket line at various times since the strike began on June 1. Other support actions, such as building support for a boycott of Palermo’s Pizza, are underway.
- June 22, 2012 - Union Support For Palermo’s Workers’ Strike Tops 15 Million People
(The UpTake) Palermo’s workers have now been out on strike for more than three weeks because strikers say management refuses to recognize their newly formed union, Palermo’s Workers Union, as a legitimate bargaining unit.
- June 21, 2012 - Courting the Vote in Milwaukee's Latino Community
(WUWM) Political analysts have spoken numerous times this year about “courting” the Latino vote. They speculate Latinos could help decide the presidential race if – it is close, and particularly in swing states such as Wisconsin. WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson visited the heart of Milwaukee’s Latino community, to ask voters where they stand.
- June 20, 2012 - Pocan delivers for Palermo pizza workers
(The Cap Times) Some Democratic politicians took away a wrong message from this month's gubernatorial recall election results. Despite the many mistakes made by the Democratic Party and its nominee, they came away thinking that Wisconsinites don't approve of standing with working people when they are getting a raw deal.
- June 18, 2012 - Van Hollen drops appeal in redistricting case
(JSonline) Madison - State Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen reversed course Monday by dropping an appeal of a decision on legislative boundaries and agreeing to pay the plaintiffs more than $185,000 in taxpayer money.
- June 17, 2012 - The Overpass Light Brigade: a Union, a Strike, a Bridge and a Boycott
(Daily Kos) The striking Latino workers walk the picket while shouting a mix of English and Spanish slogans through bullhorns. They march up and down the sidewalk in front of Palermo's Pizza's Milwaukee headquarters and factory, braving hot sun and onlooking security guards. They've been working to form a union since 2008, after a spate of serious health and safety violations at the plant.
- June 17, 2012 - Support Growing for Striking Palermo’s Pizza Workers
(Occupy Riverwest) Milwaukee, WI - Three weeks ago over 150 Palermo’s Pizza workers walked off the job because they believed union busting tactics were being employed by the company. Worker safety conditions at Palermo’s Pizza reached a level so concerning to workers that they felt compelled to protect themselves.
- June 14, 2012 - Palermo's Pizza Responds to Union Drive By Reporting Workers to Immigration Enforcement
Workers at Palermo's Pizza in Milwaukee have been striking for two weeks in response to the company using threats and retaliation against workers engaged in a unionization drive. Most extreme among the accusations is the claim that Palermo's attempted to kill the union drive by reporting employees to immigration enforcement for possible deportation.
- June 13, 2012 - Palermo's Pizza Workers On Strike In Wisconsin, Claim 'No Justice, No Piece'
(Huffington Post) More than 125 workers at a Milwaukee pizza plant have been on strike for nearly two weeks, claiming workplace dangers, problems in obtaining overtime pay and threats made about their jobs after they tried to organize a union.
- June 13, 2012 - “No Justice, No Piece”: Pizza Company Accused of Targeting Immigrant Strikers
(In These Times) MILWAUKEE – Workers at Palermo’s Pizza have been on strike for two weeks. They say they chose to strike after Palermo’s met their efforts to form a union with threats and retaliation, including the use of immigration enforcement as a weapon. Slogans include “No Justice, No Piece.” On Monday, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) set a union election for July 6.
- June 12, 2012 - Palermo workers say, "No Justice, No Pizza"
(WPR) A test of union organizing in the post-Walker-recall election era is baking in Milwaukee. Marchers chanted, "No justice, no pizza" outside the Palermo's pizza factory in Milwaukee Monday. Labor organizers say about
- June 11, 2012 - Palermo's workers on strike
(BizTimes) Dozens of plant workers at Milwaukee-based Palermo's Pizza are on strike and say the company has engaged in union-busting tactics as employees tried to form a union, according to Voces De La Frontera, an immigrant rights group and low wage worker center that is working with the Palermo's employees. The workers walked off the job 10 days ago.
- June 11, 2012 - Striking workers at Palermo Villa hold rally; company denies union-busting allegations
(The Business Journal) Workers at the Palermo Villa Inc. pizza plant in Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley, who have been on strike for about 10 days, held a rally Monday to protest what they claim is the company’s unlawful interference with their efforts to form a union.
- June 11, 2012 - Post-Recall Environment Sparks New Union Organizing
(The UpTake) Governor Scott Walker may have fended off a recall prompted by his dismantling of public employee unions, but the fever the fed the recall is sparking new private sector organizing.
- June 10, 2012 - Records Show Palermo’s Strikers’ Safety Concerns Are Real
(The UpTake) While it’s not unusual for factories to have accidents, workers out on strike at frozen pizza maker Palermo’s are saying that the way the company deals with the accidents has led them to go out on strike against the Milwaukee-based food company. The National Labor Relations Board has ordered the company to hold a secret-ballot union election next month.
- June 6, 2012 - Wisconsin Latinos Will Carry On Fight for Workers, Immigrants
It seems like only yesterday that hundreds of thousands gathered en-masse at the Wisconsin state capitol to oppose recently re-elected Wisconsin governor Scott Walker’s controversial assault on the right of public workers to collectively bargain.
- May 28, 2012 - Undocumented student leads fight for citizenship
(JSonline) It's been three years since Maricela Aguilar, then 18, stood on the steps of the federal courthouse in Milwaukee and declared she's an undocumented student.
- May 17, 2012 - Pushing for the DREAM
(Journal Sentinel) Dressed in caps and gowns, youth from Voces de la Frontera Action are holding a mock graduation and rally this afternoon as part of a nationwide effort to get support for passage of the DREAM Act for some undocumented students.
- April 29, 2012 - Workers rights, immigrants rights blend during May Day Rally
(FOX 6) A marching rally was held in Milwaukee Sunday, April 29th – beginning in Walker’s Point and ending in Veteran’s Park. Immigrants rights were supposed to be at the forefront of Sunday’s rally, but worker’s rights also took center stage.
- April 24, 2012 - Why we march again in 2012
(JSonline) On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on Arizona's controversial anti-immigrant law in United States vs. Arizona. The court's landmark ruling, expected in June, will determine whether the U.S. will have one immigration policy or 50.
- April 16, 2012 - Students Rally, March to Racine Unified School Board for Student Bill of Rights
(Caledonia Patch) A crowd of students left the Monday School Board meeting happy after the Racine Unified School Board agreed to set up a committee to study a 'Student Bill of Rights.' Part of YES (Youth Empowered in the Struggle) crafted the Bill and asked the school dist.
- April 11, 2012 - Federal judges redraw two south side legislative districts
( JSOnline) Federal judges on Wednesday redrew the lines of two south side legislative districts in favor of Democrats and an immigrant rights group.
- April 11, 2012 - Federal judges pick plaintiffs' map for 8th, 9th ADs
(WisPolitics) A panel of three federal judges today adopted boundaries proposed by Voces de la Frontera and a group of Dems for two Assembly districts in Milwaukee that the panel previously declared unconstitutional.
- March 29, 2012 - Supreme Court may hear voter ID appeal
(The Daily Cardinal) The recently suspended voter ID law may be reinstated if the Wisconsin Supreme Court decides to hear a challenge to the ruling and determines the law is constitutional.
- March 24, 2012 - White House Hispanic Summit
(JSOnline) A total of 16 federal officials from a host of government agencies that deal with issues of immigration, housing, small business, health care, education, justice and jobs came to Milwaukee for the daylong White House Hispanic Community Action Summit.
- March 22, 2012 - Voces applauds redistricting ruling
(JSOnline) "It's a momentous decision," said Christine Neumann-Ortiz, the executive director of Voces de la Frontera, reacting to Thursday's federal court ruling that the state legislature must redraw the maps for Assembly Districts 8 and 9.
- March 22, 2012 - Judges: Maps for two Milwaukee voting districts must be redrawn
(Fox 6) A federal court ruling puts a hold on new voter maps drawn up by a Republican-controlled Legislature last year. Those maps were to be put in place for upcoming elections, but a judicial panel Thursday said there are problems with the maps on Milwaukee’s near south side.
- March 22, 2012 - Urgent Call on the Administration to Keep Father of Four at Home With His Family
(America's Voice Online) On Friday, March, 23, ICE agents have scheduled Jaime Martinez Espinal for deportation -- to be torn apart from his US citizen wife and four children.
- March 22, 2012 - Panel rules south side districts must be redrawn, approves all others
(JSOnline) New election maps that Republican state lawmakers drew last year for Milwaukee's south side violated the voting rights of Latinos and must be redrawn, a panel of three federal judges unanimously ruled Thursday.
- March 22, 2012 - Wisconsin Ordered to Redraw Two Milwaukee Voting Districts
(WUWM NEWS) A federal court has ruled that two of Wisconsin's new political boundaries violate the Voting Rights Act, by failing to create a majority-minority Assembly district in Milwaukee for Latino voters.
- March 19, 2012 - What Wisconsin Will Recall
(The Indypendent) In the year since the uprising against Governor Scott Walker’s attacks on public unions, employees, and services, the outrage of Wisconsin’s citizens has been compressed into a single word: recall. But some are discussing what next, if the recalls are successful. Will they be enough to take Wisconsin forward?
- March 19, 2012 - Student Group Promotes Voter Registration And Student Bill Of Rights
(Caledonia Patch) Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES) has been running voter registration campaigns in Racine Unified high schools and working on a student bill of rights. But you might be surprised how closely intertwined the group is with the pro-labor movement.
- March 17, 2012 - State students demand better education
(JSOnline) The students of Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES) refuse to stand back and watch our education crumble. YES, the youth arm of Voces de la Frontera, is a youth-led social justice group that struggles for student, immigrant and worker rights and is made up of 500 students in 15 schools. YES leaders from Milwaukee and Racine united to create a document that will guarantee students the education we deserve: the Student Bill of Rights.
- March 6, 2012 - Dane Co. judge temporarily stops new voter ID law
(Fox 6) A Wisconsin judge on Tuesday granted a temporary injunction to groups trying to stop the state’s controversial new voter identification law.
- March 6, 2012 - Five Million Voters May Lose Rights in the 2012 Elections
(Color Lines) According to the Brennan Center for Justice, as many as five million eligible voters could meet difficulties this Election Day due to these new, imposing voter laws.
- February 8, 2012 - Political abuses will not go unchecked
(JSOnline) Act 43, the state redistricting map, is rotten, and the process by which it passed is rotten. Voces de la Frontera filed a lawsuit against Act 43 on behalf of Latino voters whose civil rights have been violated.
- February 8, 2012 - Voces de la Frontera files lawsuit over redistricting
(Fox6) A Milwaukee-based Latino community group has filed a lawsuit in Dane County District Court, saying Republican lawmakers intentionally withheld information from the public as they redrew electoral maps in secret last summer.
- February 6, 2012 - Lawmakers were made to pledge secrecy over redistricting
(JSOnline) As legislative leaders secretly developed new election maps last year to strengthen their majority, Republican lawmakers were told to ignore public comments and instead focus on what was said in private strategy sessions, according to a GOP memo that became public Monday.
- December 15, 2011 - More Lawsuits Filed Against Voter ID Law
Wisconsin's voter photo ID law has already prompted two federal lawsuits and Wednesday, (12/14) two Milwaukee based groups announced plans to file a constitutional challenge to the law in state court.
- December 13, 2011 - Will Latino Groups Choose To Occupy?
(In These Times) In Milwaukee, Voces de la Frontera has participated in Occupy protests and has even loaned office space to organizers.
- December 12, 2011 - Removing Gov. Walker tops immigrant rights group agenda
(Milw. Neighborhood News Service) Voces De La Frontera (VDLF), an immigrant rights group based in Milwaukee, held its annual assembly recently at South Division High School, 1515 W. Lapham Blvd., where the organization outlined an agenda that includes removing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker from office.
- December 3, 2011 - Disparate Groups Unite at Occupy Milwaukee
It's raining on my third visit to Occupy Milwaukee, and no one seems to be there. Tents are still up in Garden Park, but sagging and bowed with rainwater. Faint murmurs come from a large, white teepee that occupiers recently erected. Inside, nine men huddle around a small fire, toasting peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.(The Boston Occupier)
- December 3, 2011 - Racial gap found in traffic stops in Milwaukee
A black Milwaukee driver is seven times as likely to be stopped by city police as a white resident driver, a Journal Sentinel analysis of nearly 46,000 traffic stops has found. Similarly, Milwaukee police pulled over Hispanic city motorists nearly five times as often as white drivers, according to the review, which took into account the number of licensed drivers by race. (Journal Sentinel)
- November 1, 2011 - Latino group files lawsuit over redistricting plan
Voces de la Frontera, a Latino community group, has filed a federal lawsuit arguing that the new legislative redistricting plan deprives the Latino community on Milwaukee's south side of an effective voting majority in the 8th Assembly district. (Journal Sentinel)
- October 14, 2011 - Various Causes Getting Involved in Local Wall Street Rallies
Local versions of the Occupy Wall Street rallies will take place on Saturday across Wisconsin, including in Milwaukee. Planners hope hundreds of people turn out to protest corporate greed. Yet, as WUWM's Marti Mikkelson reports, multiple causes are getting into the act. (WUWM)
- October 14, 2011 - "Occupy Milwaukee" protests set for today
"People are frustrated. They want to be heard, and they want to get their message across," said organizer Khalil Coleman. (WTMJ)
- October 3, 2011 - Campaign for America's Future
Robert Borosage, Christine Neumann-Ortiz, and Representative Donna Edwards (D-MD) spoke at the Campaign for America's Future conference on grassroots organizing, the progressive movement, and helping the middle class in a slow economy.(C-Span)
- September 26, 2011 - Undocumented Immigrants Still Fearful of Deportation
This summer, the Obama administration announced it was halting deportations of non-criminal undocumented immigrants, until it could review each case. Many advocates applauded the decision, calling it a first step toward allowing many workers and students living here illegally to remain. (WUWM)
- September 17, 2011 - Working people confront congressperson in Wisconsin
Dozens of poor and working people from Milwaukee, Kenosha, Racine and other cities in Wisconsin came out to protest U.S. Congressperson Paul Ryan on Sept. 6 in Greenfield, a suburb of Milwaukee. (Workers.org)
- September 15, 2011 - Voces receives national leadership award
Voces de la Frontera will receive a "community organizing and leadership" award from the Center for Community Change, a national organization that works to strengthen grass roots organizations and improve the leadership and power of low-income communities.(Journal Sentinel)
- August 30, 2011 - New classes will teach about issues faced by undocumented immigrants
All it takes is a peek: Into the kitchen of your favorite restaurant, behind the garden shed of a condominium, or into the hearing rooms of the state Capitol, and you will get a notion of the growing importance of immigration issues in Wisconsin. (Madison.com)
- August 30, 2011 - Palermo workers launch national boycott effort
(BizTimes) As the worker strike at Palermo Villa Inc. enters its third month, workers urged customers at Costco Wholesale Corp. grocery stores to boycott the Palermo’s Pizza products manufactured at the company.
- August 19, 2011 - Halting of some deportations draws reaction
The announcement by the Obama administration Thursday that undocumented students and other non criminal persons will not be the targets of deportation efforts drew praise from many Latino and other immigrant advocates.(Journal Sentinel)
- August 12, 2011 - Community Change Champion Awards
Award will be accepted by Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Executive Director Community Organizing and Leadership Honoree.
- July 25, 2011 - Tammy Rivera takes interim post
For the next six months Tammy Rivera will be the interim associate director of Voces de la Frontera. (Journal Sentinel)
- July 20, 2011 - Senate passes redistricting maps on party line vote
New Republican-made maps for Wisconsin's legislative and congressional districts passed the state Senate on Tuesday over criticism from Democrats that the GOP was marginalizing minorities and insulting local communities in a rush to push their plans through before a wave of recall elections.(Wisconsin State Journal)
- July 8, 2011 - Governor Scott Walker and Wisconsin's Immigrants
Along with public sector workers, Wisconsin's immigrant communities say they're being unfairly targeted by Governor Walker's policies--Video. (The Real News)
- July 1, 2011 - Local 'Dreamers' attend Washington hearing
Eddiza Valadez was among 14 Milwaukee area students who went to Washington, D.C., this week to attend the first U.S. Senate hearing on the DREAM Act. (Journal Sentinel)
- June 9, 2011 - Wisconsin youth, workers turn Capitol into tent city
The spirit of resistance is alive across the state of Wisconsin. From the first eruption of struggle here in February, when Gov. Scott Walker introduced a union-busting bill, and as attacks on working and oppressed people have broadened and sharpened, youth and students have played a decisive role, helping to advance and build the fightback. (Worker's World)
- June 6, 2011 - Wis. Activism Gears Back Up
The limits of the conventional political process have been reached. Wisconsin is gearing up for mass action at the Capitol in Madison in advance of the 2011-2013 biennial budget deliberations by the full Senate and Assembly. Governor Walker and the Republican legislative leadership have said they want the budget passed by June 20. (The Progressive)
- June 3, 2011 - With Educational Opportunity Under Attack, Protesters Disrupt Proceedings with Civil Disobedience
Clarissa Sanchez, a freshman in high school from Racine, Wisconsin, knew the state legislature's Joint Committee on Finance's majority vote was not likely to shift in her favor. But that didn't stop her from boarding a bus with fellow members of Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES!), the youth branch of Milwaukee-based immigrants rights group Voces de la Frontera, and traveling to the Capitol for the committee's June 2 meeting, during which it was expected to vote to repeal the 2009 measure granting in-state tuition rights (for the University of Wisconsin system and state tech schools) for the children of undocumented immigrants who grew up in Wisconsin. (The Center for Media and Democracy)
- June 3, 2011 - Protests in Madison
For the second straight day police carried protesters out of a budget committee meeting but the demonstrators aren't giving up. (CBS 58)
- June 3, 2011 - Activists disrupt Madison hearing
Among those staging acts of civil disobedience at the Joint Finance Comittee Thursday in Madison, were Latino activist and former member of the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents Jesus Salas and Christine Neumann-Ortiz, the executive director of Voces de la Frontera. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
- June 3, 2011 - A Jeffersonian Challenge to the Tories of Fitzwalkerstan
When Wisconsin immigrant rights activists from the group Voces de la Frontera and their allies from the civil rights and labor rights movements confronted members of the state legislature's Joint Finance Committee Thursday, they did so by quoting from a statement written by the son of an immigrant. (The Nation)
- June 2, 2011 - Protesters disrupt budget committee meeting
Protesters are disrupting a meeting of the Legislature's budget writing committee, shouting down lawmakers and chanting "Shame!" (CBS 58)
- May 29, 2011 - GOP lawmaker proposes Arizona-style immigration bill
A bill mirroring some of the tough enforcement measures of Arizona's controversial immigration bill was introduced Tuesday by a state Republican legislator in Wisconsin.(Wisconsin State Journal)
- May 27, 2011 - Pridemore Defends Controversial Immigration Bill
State. Rep. Don Pridemore (R-Hartford) said an immigration law he intends to introduce will avoid the constitutional pitfalls that have plagued similar legislation in Arizona. (Menomonee Falls Patch)
- May 27, 2011 - Protest outside Sen. Darling's office Friday
People have planned to protest outside Senator Alberta Darling's campaign office on Friday morning. (TMJ 4)
- May 25, 2011 - Pridemore introduces immigration bill
State Representative Don Pridemore has introduced an Arizona-style immigration bill. The Hartford Republican proposes a measure which, among other things, would prevent local governments from offering sanctuary to people in the U.S. illegally. (Wisconsin Radio Network)
- May 24, 2011 - State lawmaker introduces bill to dealing with illegal immigration
A Republican State Representative introduces a controversial immigration measure at a time when the state is already bitterly divided. The measure is being condemned by immigrant advocacy groups. (Fox 6)
- May 21, 2011 - A bumper sticker sold a local convenience stores caused a lot of controversy
- May 15, 2011 - Huge protest in Madison says to Governor Walker: "We reject your budget"
"Governor Scott Walker, we reject your budget!" Ben Manski said to the roar of applause at a huge rally here, May 14. "Time for you to step down!" (Fight Back News)
- May 13, 2011 - Budget decisions will determine illegal immigrant's college fate
For most of Christian's childhood he didn't know he wasn't a citizen like most of his American classmates. (Racine Journal Times)
- May 5, 2011 - 100,000 Demand Rights for Immigrants & Unions
In one of the biggest marches and rallies in Wisconsin history, more than 100,000 people participated in this year's May Day in Milwaukee. (Workers.Org)
- May 2, 2011 - Firm that sold fake IDs ordered to pay $385,520
Credenciales USA and Hugo Loyo have been ordered to pay $385,520 for breaking state law by marketing and selling fake international driver's licenses and state identification cards, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced Monday.(Journal Sentinel)
- May 2, 2011 - Firm that sold fake IDs ordered to pay $385,520
Credenciales USA and Hugo Loyo have been ordered to pay $385,520 for breaking state law by marketing and selling fake international driver's licenses and state identification cards, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced Monday. (Journal Sentinel)
- May 1, 2011 - A day for solidarity with immigrants, workers
- May 1, 2011 - May Day Rallies Celebrate Unity; Labor Unions and Immigrants Plan to March Side by Side
The May Day rallies set to take place this Sunday follow massive pro-labor protests in Wisconsin to protect collective bargaining rights of public workers. (Democracy Now)
- May 1, 2011 - AFL-CIO President speaks at Milwaukee's May Day march
Millions of demonstrators around the world marched for labor rights Sunday, including thousands in Wisconsin who continued their divisive battle over collective-bargaining rights that began in February and had prompted huge masses of protesters to pour into the Madison Capitol. (Fox 6 News)
- May 1, 2011 - Workers around the world demand job security, better working conditions on May Day
Millions of demonstrators around the world marched for labor rights Sunday, including thousands in Wisconsin who continued their divisive battle over collective-bargaining rights that began in February and had prompted huge masses of protesters to pour into the Madison Capitol. (Chicago Tribune)
- April 30, 2011 - A day for solidarity with immigrants, workers
Opinion piece by Christine Neumann-Ortiz (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
- April 29, 2011 - May Day Rallies Celebrate Unity; Labor Unions and Immigrants Plan to March Side by Side
The May Day rallies set to take place this Sunday follow massive pro-labor protests in Wisconsin to protect collective bargaining rights of public workers. (Democracy Now)
- January 13, 2011 - Grass Roots: Will federal ID program end or rekindle jail practices debate?
A federal program called "Secure Communities" now being implemented in Wisconsin lets Immigration and Customs Enforcement know when local jails take someone into custody who is not documented and may be deportable. Sound familiar? (Cap Times)
- January 4, 2011 - Inauguration day protesters rally for the unemployed
Some 700 protesters gathered outside the Monona Terrace Convention Center as Scott Walker was being sworn in as Wisconsin's 45th governor. (Cap Times)
- December 6, 2010 - Workers at Esperanza Unida file pay complaint
Voces has filed a charge with the National Labor Relations Board against Esperanza Unida on behalf of the employees for interfering with the workers’ rights to complain about not being paid and for retaliation in firing the two for complaining. (JS Online)
- December 1, 2010 - Is it time Congress did the 'right thing' for Dream Act?
Wisconsin immigration reform activists are lobbying supporters to contact their representatives in support of an 11th-hour effort to bring the Dream Act to a vote in the lame duck Congress. (Cap Times)
- December 1, 2010 - Activists arrested at Ryan's office
Voces director Christine Neumann-Ortiz said she and two others chose to be arrested at Rep. Paul Ryan's office as an act of civil disobedience and to show their commitment to the Dream Act. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
- November 30, 2010 - Protesters arrested at Congressional office
Three people were arrested at the Racine office of Congressman Paul Ryan on Monday night. It was part of a non-violent protest in favor of a bill to help some undocumented immigrants get into college or the U.S. military. (Superior Telegram/WPR)
- November 29, 2010 - Three cited for trespassing at rally supporting DREAM ActThree cited for trespassing at rally supporting DREAM Act
Three people engaged in peaceful civil disobedience Monday night to send a message to Congress and urge U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan to support the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act. (Racine Journal Times)
- November 29, 2010 - Students will call on Congressman Ryan to Support the DREAM Act
Dozens of students plan to hold a vigil this evening outside Congressman Paul Ryan’s office in Racine. They’ll urge him to vote in favor of the DREAM Act. (WUWM)
- November 23, 2010 - Candlelight Save the Train vigil set for tonight
Union members and train advocates are gathering Tuesday for a candlelight vigil at the Talgo train manufacturing plant in Milwaukee, aiming to draw attention to what advocates say are the thousands of jobs and dollars lost if the project is killed - and to keep the candle burning for the federally-funded rail plan. (Wisconsin State Journal)
- November 20, 2010 - Hundreds in Milwaukee rally to save high-speed rail
350 people rallied at the Talgo train manufacturing plant in Milwaukee to protest Governor-elect Scott Walker’s plan to scuttle the high-speed rail project. (Milwaukee Courier)
- November 18, 2010 - Rallying for the Dream Act
Here and nationally, many groups are pushing for the lame duck session of Congres to pass the DREAM Act, the immigration measure that would allow some students without documents to gain a path to citizenship if they go to college or join the military. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
- November 17, 2010 - Voces holds second annual fund-raising gala
Voces de la Frontera, the low-income and immigrant rights organization, will hold its second annual fund-raising gala Thursday, Nov. 18 at the Potawatomi Woodland Dreams Ballroom, 1721 W. Canal St. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
- November 15, 2010 - Hundreds rally at Talgo train plant
About 350 people turned out at Talgo train manufacturing plant in Milwaukee Monday afternoon, voicing their support of the $810 million high-speed rail project which would provide a commuter connection between Milwaukee and Madison.
- November 11, 2010 - Rep. plans to introduce Arizona-like immigration legislation in WisconsinRep. plans to introduce Arizona-like immigration legislation in Wisconsin
A Republican state representative is planning to introduce an immigration bill similar to the controversial Arizona law during the next legislative session. (Badger Herald)
- November 11, 2010 - State Republican plans to introduce immigration bill modeled after Arizona's bill
The Republican tidal wave will hit Madison in January, and Republican Assemblyman Don Pridemore is putting the final touches on a Wisconsin immigration bill. (Fox 6 News)
- November 6, 2010 - Grass Roots: Campaign challenges people to 'Drop the I-Word'
Cindy Breunig of Voces de la Frontera starts every presentation she gives with a stark slide that reads "No Human Being is Illegal." It's a statement against labeling people "illegals." (Cap Times)
- October 18, 2010 - Groups Say Billboards are an Attempt to Suppress the Vote
Community leaders from 11 civil rights, labor, political, and faith-based organizations denounced a "crass effort" by an undisclosed right-wing source to suppress the vote in Milwaukee using billboards that warn against engaging in voter fraud. (Black Voices News)
- October 14, 2010 - Group supports immigrant "driver cards"
A new push in the area toward allowing immigrants regardless of status to have "driver cards" - a limited purpose driver's license. The idea was part of the state budget plan last year, but was removed. (Fox 11)
- October 12, 2010 - Groups protest voter fraud ads
Several community groups Tuesday condemned billboards throughout Milwaukee that warn "Voter Fraud is a Felony," saying they are an attempt by right-wing sources to intimidate and suppress minority voting. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
- October 8, 2010 - Coalition for safe roads forums
The first in a series of statewide forums to discuss the benefits of providing driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants will be held Saturday (Oct. 9) at the Bayview Public Library, 2566 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., in Milwaukee at 1 p.m. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
- October 4, 2010 - The DREAM Act: Christine Neumann Ortiz speaks at UW-Waukesha
UW Waukesha Lecture & Fine Arts Committee hosted speaker Christine Neumann-Ortiz of Voces de la Frontera, a low-wage and immigrant workers center with chapters in Milwaukee and Racine. With around 100 people in attendance, Neumann-Ortiz spoke to the importance of Immigrant Rights and the relevance of the D.R.E.A.M. Act. (UW Waukesha Observer)
- October 1, 2010 - MATC celebrates Latinos
MATC's downtown Milwaukee campus, 700 W. State St., has scheduled a number of events in October in honor of Hispanic Heritage month. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
- September 23, 2010 - "Voces" founder honored
Christine Neumann-Ortiz, the founder and executive director of Voces de la Frontera, will receive this year's Hispanic Heritage Month award presented by the Roberto Hernandez Center at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
- September 22, 2010 - Local DREAM Act supporters pledge to rally on
Local supporters of the DREAM Act were rained out of a rally Tuesday night but they say such obstacles - not only the bad weather but the rejection of a bill that also dashed hopes for immediate immigration reform Tuesday - only makes them stronger. (Racine Journal Times)
- September 16, 2010 - Littleton grad joins volunteer ministry with Voces
Amanda Bossman will provide services at Voces de la Frontera, an organization in Milwaukee that assists immigrants with their rights. (Littleton Independent)
- September 3, 2010 - MLB Still Refuses to Move Arizona All-Star Game
Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig remains steadfast in his refusal to move the 2011 All-Star game from Phoenix. Groups protesting Arizona's anti-immigrant law SB1070 have been protesting the state's baseball team and demanding that Selig make a statement by moving the game elsewhere. (Color Lines)
- September 2, 2010 - Bud Selig: A Civil Rights Icon for Our Times... Just Like Beck
Three prominent Milwaukee activists want to know how someone who trumpets his support of "minority communities" could possibly consent to hold the 2011 All-Star Game in Arizona. (The Nation)
- August 31, 2010 - Immigration, even in Wisconsin politics, is hot election topic
"They are fully integrated into this town, into our culture," Joe Salitros, Delavan city administrator, said of the local immigrant population. "They are important to us." That makes them important to the next occupant of the Governor’s Mansion. (Wisconsin State Journal)
- August 27, 2010 - The Empty Sheriff and the Quirks of Primary Politics
Current Milwaukee sheriff, David Clarke, who has relied on suburban voters and conservative talk radio failed to show at a Candidate forum organised by Voces de la Frontera. (Milwaukee Labor Press)
- August 12, 2010 - Border activist's speech sparks small protest at Wisconsin Capitol
Supporters of undocumented immigrants are protesting a border activist who is speaking to tea party groups in the Wisconsin Capitol. (Fox 6)
- August 9, 2010 - Protest To Happen Outside Brewers Game
People going to the Brewers-Arizona Diamondbacks game on Monday may see some protesters outside Miller Park. (WTMJ 620AM)
- August 9, 2010 - Group to protest at Brewers-Diamondbacks game
A group will protest outside of Monday's Milwaukee Brewers game against the Arizona Diamondbacks to criticize Arizona's attempt to crack down on illegal immigration. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
- July 31, 2010 - "Wisconsin is not Arizona" - Milwaukee protests SB1070
A small but emphatic crowd turned out for Thursday's march against Arizona's SB1070 in Ziedler Park as part of a national day of protest against the state's controversial immigration bill. (Third Coast Digest)
- July 29, 2010 - Pro-immigrants Marched In Milwaukee Protesting Arizona's SB 1070 And Local Sheriff's Partnership With ICE
About 100 pro-immigrants and supporters for comprehensive immigration reform marched in protest of SB 1070 and ethnic studies ban in the state of Arizona. The march was part of the national day of action in the country. They were also opposing Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke partnership with ICE and deportations associated with their agreement to house ICE detainees. (Hispanic News Network)
- July 29, 2010 - Dozens Rally in Milwaukee to Protest New Arizona Law
Several dozen Milwaukee residents marched through the streets of downtown to protest Arizona's new immigration law that took effect Thursday. (WUWM)
- July 29, 2010 - Arizona law draws protest, vigil
As officials in Arizona prepare to appeal a federal judge's ruling halting controversial portions of the state's new immigration law, a planned protest and vigils will proceed. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
- July 29, 2010 - Milwaukee Group To Protest Against Arizona Law
A Milwaukee immigrant rights group went ahead with a protest this morning against Arizona's watered down immigration law. Voces de la Frontera said a federal court ruling yesterday which struck down parts of the law did not solve the immigration problem. (WTAQ)
- July 28, 2010 - Local Protest of Arizona Immigration Law
Activists who oppose Arizona's new immigration law will go ahead with prayer vigils around the country Thursday, even though a federal judge blocked some of the law's key provisions. Events will be held in many cities, including Milwaukee. (WUWM)
- July 28, 2010 - Detainee Locator Website Available To Public
An Immigrant-rights group in Milwaukee is applauding a new online system that lets people look up where detainees are being held. (WISN)
- July 27, 2010 - New online system helps track alien detainees
An immigrant rights group is applauding a new online tracking system set up by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, (ICE), which lets people look up where detainees are being held. (Superior Telegram)
- July 20, 2010 - Students disclose illegal status as part of push for immigration law reform
"I think there's an empowerment that comes with giving your name," said Maricela Aguilar, 19, a political science and English major at Marquette University in Milwaukee who calls herself a Midwesterner and has the accent to prove it. (Washington Post)
- July 16, 2010 - Milwaukee Co. Committee Wants More Info on Sheriff's Illegals Policy
A Milwaukee County committee says it wants more information about Sheriff David Clarke's policy for dealing with illegal immigrants. (WTAQ)
- July 15, 2010 - County leaders want info on sheriff's immigration policies
Milwaukee County supervisors said Thursday they wanted more details on Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr.'s policies on dealing with illegal immigrants, but the informal inquiry falls short of the "immediate formal investigation" called for by immigrant advocates. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
- July 15, 2010 - County Committee to Discuss Local Immigration Enforcement
Arizona's controversial immigration law will take effect soon. It will allow police to question a person's immigration status, based solely on suspicion. (WUWM)
- July 15, 2010 - Illegal immigrants hold DC 'teach-in' to push bill
A coalition of student immigrant advocacy groups launched a makeshift school in the nation's capital, reminiscent of the "teach-ins" of the 1960s, to encourage a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants through college enrollment. (AP)
- July 13, 2010 - Immigration group protests 2011 All-Stars in Ariz.
Protesters rallied outside baseball commissioner Bud Selig's office Tuesday, calling on him to move next year's All-Star game out of Arizona to protest its tough new immigration law. (Washington Times)
- July 13, 2010 - Neumann-Ortiz calls on Bud Selig to move next year's All-Star game out of Arizona
Immigration-rights protester Christine Neumann-Ortiz calls on baseball commissioner Bud Selig to move next year's All-Star game out of Arizona, during a news conference July 13, 2010 in downtown Milwaukee. (AP)
- July 13, 2010 - Protest outside Bud Selig's Milwaukee office
Local hispanic leaders protested outside the Milwaukee office of baseball commissioner Bud Selig Tuesday, demanding that the All-Star game be taken out of Arizona. (CBS 58)
- July 13, 2010 - Immigration group protests 2011 All-Stars in Ariz.
Protesters rallied outside baseball commissioner Bud Selig's office Tuesday, calling on him to move next year's All-Star game out of Arizona to protest its tough new immigration law. (KOLD/AP)
- July 12, 2010 - Milwaukee Co. Asked to Probe Link Between Sheriff's and ICE
Wisconsin's largest county is being asked to investigate a link between the sheriff's department and the federal agency that handles illegal immigrants. (WHBL)
- July 11, 2010 - More illegal immigrants being deported for lesser offenses, advocate says
Many illegal immigrants find themselves in deportation proceedings for traffic and various other infractions, says Christine Neumann-Ortiz, director of Voces de la Frontera, a low-wage worker and immigrant advocacy group. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
- July 8, 2010 - Boycotts and apologies to Arizona
The Ozaukee County Board Wednesday approved sending an apology to Arizona for the Milwaukee Area Technical College's economic boycott of that state. In May, in response to Arizona's recent law cracking down on illegal immigrants, the MATC board voted to boycott goods from the border state and cease sending employees there for meetings and conferences. (Wisconsin Radio Network)
- July 1, 2010 - Obama's immigration speech stirs up emotion
While President Barack Obama's speech on comprehensive immigration reform was well received, local immigration advocates said the president didn't go far enough in calling for bold actions or new initiatives. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
- June 17, 2010 - Dodge Co. Jail Top Illegal Holding Place For Deportation
Voces condemns Dodge County jail as one of the top locations in the Midwest for holding illegal immigrants awaiting deportation. (WTAQ)
- May 27, 2010 - Aggrieved Census worker appears in court
A local U.S. Census worker who said city police discriminated against him while he was working appeared in Racine Municipal Court today for tickets that he said he did not deserve. (Racine Journal Times)
- May 25, 2010 - Union leaders and alderman among 32 arrested at immigration rally
The staged act of civil disobedience, with planned arrests, camera crews and trash bags emblazoned with dollar signs meant to symbolize the cost of current immigration policy, stood in stark contrast to the tangible fear of deportation of those in the U.S. without documents. (Medill Reports - Chicago)
- May 23, 2010 - Walker Lands GOP Endorsement For Governor
Faces protest over position on Arizona immigration law
- May 14, 2010 - Milk cartons delivered to Senator Kohl, urging his support for immigration reform
Instead of milk, each carton contains a signature from a Wisconsin resident urging Kohl to support immigration reform. (WKOW)
- May 5, 2010 - Students to March in Milwaukee for Immigrant Rights
High school seniors will march through the streets of Milwaukee today, calling for more rights for undocumented students. (WUWM)
- May 3, 2010 - Milwaukee resolution calls for economic boycott of Arizona
On the heels of thousands marching for immigration reform and workers' rights over the weekend, Voces de la Frontera announced the introduction of a Milwaukee Common Council resolution supporting an economic boycott of Arizona. (Biz Times)
- May 2, 2010 - Ralliers decry Arizona law
Wearing white T-shirts and marching to chants of 'Sí Se Puede', Milwaukee and Madison marchers Saturday called for a repeal of a recent Arizona immigration law and for President Barack Obama and Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform. (Badger Herald)
- May 1, 2010 - Milwaukee immigration rally draws thousands
Thousands of people hit the pavement Saturday to protest a controversial immigration law recently passed in Arizona. (CBS 58)
- May 1, 2010 - Activists in Milwaukee March For Immigration Reform
Thousands marched on Milwaukee's south side Saturday pushing for comprehensive immigration reform and to protest Arizona's tough new law on immigration. (TMJ4)
- May 1, 2010 - Immigration reform supporters march through Milwaukee
Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Milwaukee this afternoon supporting immigration reform. Those marching are fighting to protect the rights of undocumented workers and to push for legislation to help immigrants become citizens. (Fox6 News)
- May 1, 2010 - Marchers protest Arizona law
Thousands of marchers flooded W. National Ave. on Saturday waving American flags and carrying signs that read "Obama: Where is the Reform?" and "SB 1070, It stops in Arizona." (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
- May 1, 2010 - Milwaukee May 1st Immigrant March Draws Thousands To Protest Arizona's SB 1070
More than 60 thousand immigrants and supporters for Immigration Reform marched through the predominately South side Hispanic neighborhood. (Hispanic Network News)
- May 1, 2010 - Alderman proposes boycott of Arizona businesses
The Milwaukee Common Council will consider a boycott of Arizona-based companies in the wake of the state's controversial law cracking down on illegal immigration. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
- April 30, 2010 - Volunteers Prepare For Immigration Rally Against Arizona Law
Video news feature (WISN)
- April 29, 2010 - Immigrant Advocates in Milwaukee Want Reform
Immigrants across the country will once again take to the streets come May 1 in support of comprehensive immigration reform, but this time there's renewed focus. That's because of a new law in Arizona requiring police to question people authorities believe are in the U.S. illegally. Here in Milwaukee, immigrants and advocates are hoping to send a message this Saturday with record turnout. (WUWM)
- April 29, 2010 - Prayers for detained illegal immigrants
Standing in front of the Kenosha County Jail, about 160 people raised their right hands into the air Thursday. The echo of a single Conga drum sounded at a steady beat and the crowd stood silent as they were led in prayer. (Racine Journal Times)
- April 29, 2010 - New course for May 1 march
This year's May 1 march to push for comprehensive immigration reform and to protest Arizona's new tough law against illegal immigrants will take a different route this year. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
- April 28, 2010 - Immigrant Community Calls on Federal Leaders for Reform
Voces de la Frontera promises that this year’s May 1 rally through Milwaukee will be just as strong to remind the Obama administration that it cannot ignore immigrants and the overheated crackdown on them across the country. (Milwaukee Shepherd Express)
- April 28, 2010 - Arizona's new immigration law fires up Milwaukee's immigration protesters
Arizona's new immigration law is igniting protests all over the country, including Milwaukee. Supporters say it's about protecting borders, but others worry it will lead to racial profiling.(Fox 6 News)
- April 28, 2010 - Milwaukee-Area Groups Protest Arizona's Immigration Law
Several local groups are protesting Arizona's new immigration law and calling for comprehensive immigration reform instead. (WISN)
- April 28, 2010 - Arizona law denounced
Local Latino and civil rights leaders Wednesday denounced Arizona's new law that makes it a state crime to be in the country illegally and pledged action on the streets and in the courts to halt the law before it goes into effect this summer. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
- April 27, 2010 - Americans Are Mostly Blind to Mexican Workers' Plight. Will Ariz. Law Trigger Change?
Arizona's new law requiring police to determine the status of any suspected "illegal immigrants" has triggered a massive reaction by the Latino movement and its allies, including Americans deeply troubled by the prospect of legalized racial profiling and pervasive police intrusion. (In These Times)
- April 27, 2010 - Milwaukee Immigrant Rights Group says 2010 Event More Important
The head of a Milwaukee immigrant rights group expects tens of thousands of people at its annual immigration rally on Saturday. Voces de la Frontera has drawn thousands to its annual May 1st rallies in downtown Milwaukee since 2006. (WTAQ)
- April 27, 2010 - Milwaukee Immigration Rally Targets Arizona Law
MILWAUKEE (AP) - A pro-immigration group in Milwaukee is using its annual march this weekend to criticize Arizona's recently enacted immigration law. (WTMJ)
- April 25, 2010 - Neumann-Ortiz a national voice for immigration issues
Four years ago, Christine Neumann-Ortiz took a leave of absence from her day job to devote her time and passion to Voces de la Frontera, the immigrant advocacy and worker rights organization she had founded in 2001. She never returned. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
- April 21, 2010 - Students: illegal immigrant dairy workers deserve rights
Students and community members gathered at the Racine office of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, to ask the congressman to support immigration reform. (Racine Journal Times)
- April 16, 2010 - Christine Neumann-Ortiz featured on ¡Adelante!
Christine Neumann-Ortiz receives national recognition for advancing immigrant rights
- April 6, 2010 - Horlick YES club students visit Washington, D.C.
"Walking through D.C. showed us the way to grow to be leaders of today," said Gisela Beltran, a freshman at Horlick High School. She was one of 11 students who participated in a four-day field trip to the nation's capitol. (Racine Journal Times)
- March 31, 2010 - Mayoral forum addresses racism in Racine
Attendees at the first of Mayor Dickert's "community conversations" on diversity say he's not doing enough. (Racine Journal Times)
- March 28, 2010 - Immigration Rally
About 200 Wisconsin immigrants and activists joined tens of thousands of others in Washington last Sunday, asking President Barack Obama and Congress to pass immigration reform legislation this year. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
- March 19, 2010 - No More Empty Promises, Say Immigration Activists Descending on D.C.
Activists from around the nation are mobilizing to voice their collective frustration with America's broken immigration system and demand its reform in a massive march. (Labor Notes)
- March 19, 2010 - Workers unite for jobs, immigration reform
Workers spoke out Wednesday at a send-off rally before heading to Washington DC. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
- March 17, 2010 - Local Group Leaves today for Washington
Voces de la Frontera plans to carry its message to Washington D.C. in time for a national rally that will focus on unemployment and immigration reform. (WUWM)
- March 17, 2010 - Local Group Leaves today for Washington
Voces de la Frontera plans to carry its message to Washington D.C. in time for a national rally that will focus on unemployment and immigration reform. (WUWM)
- March 16, 2010 - Immigrant group to hit road from Milwaukee to D.C.
Voces de la Frontera will launch a five-city tour March 17 that begins in Milwaukee and heads to Washington, D.C., for Sunday's national March for America to push for immigration reform. (JS Online)
- March 2, 2010 - City mobilizes for Census count
In the challenge of counting everyone, the city is taking a grass-roots approach to publicize the census, reaching out through community organizations. A diverse coalition was present at Monday's rally, including leaders of the NAACP, Voces de la Frontera and the Milwaukee County Labor Council.
- February 23, 2010 - Undocumented workers and compensation violations by employers
MPTV's Adelante! interviews Christine Neumann-Ortiz
- February 3, 2010 - Voces youth group, SUFRIR, featured on MPTV
Adelante! takes a look at Voces de la Frontera's student affiliated organization, "Sufrir". (Segment starts at 14:42)
- January 18, 2010 - A Day of Action: Celebrating Martin Luther King in Racine
The event drew 200 kids and 30 chaperones for a day of volunteering and workshops. The community celebration was created after Racine Unified agreed to give students the day off to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Racine Post)
- January 18, 2010 - New King Day celebration empowers students
Though the holiday is named for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. alone, he needed the backing of thousands of supporters to be effective, Biko Baker reminded students Monday. (Racine Journal Times)
- October 20, 2009 - Wisconsin company criticized for alien costume
Immigrant's rights groups are calling on a Wisconsin company to stop selling a Halloween costume, depicting an "illegal alien." Critics say the costume is offensive and distorts the immigration debate. (River Falls Journal)
- October 20, 2009 - "Illegal Alien" Costume Controversy
A costume sold by a New Berlin company has angered immigrant groups all over the country. They don't think it's funny. (WTMJ4)
- October 14, 2009 - Protesters object to congressman's appearance at anti-illegal immigration event
Students and immigration reform advocates protested yesterday outside one of Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) district offices after he appeared at an event held by a controversial anti-illegal immigration group. (The Hill)
- October 13, 2009 - Ryan's explanation doesn't deter marchers
A group of about 50 people marched outside Rep. Paul Ryan's Downtown Racine office Tuesday, angered by his decision to grant an interview during an event sponsored by an immigration reform organization. (Racine Journal Times)
- October 12, 2009 - Students to protest Paul Ryan's attendance at immigration reform event
Representative at center of controversy (Racine Journal Times)
- October 10, 2009 - Immigrant rights march photos
Photo feature from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
- October 10, 2009 - Hundreds March To Call Out President Obama
Hundreds of people marched through Milwaukee's south side Saturday morning saying they want to send a message to President Obama's administration. (WTMJ4)
- October 10, 2009 - Rallying to hold Obama to his word
Immigrant rights activists are hoping to put President Obama back on track. That's after dialogue surrounding the undocumented was derailed during health care reform talks. (Wisconsin Radio Network)
- September 15, 2009 - Latino group opposes mayoral takeover of MPS
"We do not believe that disenfranchising voters - most of them low-income people of color - is the correct strategy for improving student performance," said Voces' Christine Neumann-Ortiz. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
- September 8, 2009 - Can New AFL-CIO Leadership Build on Rank-and-File Spirit?
Why Milwaukee's Labor Day march was such a remarkably uplifting event. (In These Times)
- September 7, 2009 - Immigration Group To Protest President at Labor Day Parade
Monday unions and worker advocate groups will march down Wisconsin Avenue to celebrate Labor Day. Among them, at least one group angry with the president. (WTMJ4)
- August 11, 2009 - We Can't Wait for Change
President Obama now says that immigration reform will have to wait until 2010. This is a reversal of his campaign promise, says Christine Neumann-Ortiz. (Huffington Post)
- July 16, 2009 - Group Sets up Food Pantry For Cudahy Workers
A local group has set up a food pantry for Patrick Cudahy workers affected by the fire at the plant. (WTMJ4)
- July 11, 2009 - Newest policies on immigrant employment cheered, jeered
Immigrant advocates and employers in Wisconsin say the Obama administration is sending mixed messages on immigration reform (Wisconsin Public Radio)
- June 30, 2009 - Some budget gains for immigrants
Children of parents in this country illegally will be able to pay in state UW tuition, under a provision of the budget signed by Governor Jim Doyle Monday. (Wisconsin Radio Network)
- June 30, 2009 - New law allows undocumented immigrants to pay in-state Wisconsin tuition
Some undocumented immigrants will now have a chance to pay in-state tuition at Wisconsin universities and colleges. (Fox 21 Madison)
- June 30, 2009 - Illegal immigrants now eligible for in-state tuition
Final budget deal omits driver's card (Kenosha News)
- June 29, 2009 - Some illegal immigrants will be able to get in-state tuition
Under a provision in the two-year budget Gov. Jim Doyle signed into law, some undocumented high school graduates will be able to attend Wisconsin state universities by paying in-state tuition rates. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
- June 24, 2009 - Issue of the Week: Driver's Certificates
It seems like a logical vote for any lawmaker: mandate that all drivers pass a written and road test before they’re allowed to drive on their own. Which legislator, interested in public safety, would vote otherwise? But when certain drivers are illegal immigrants, logic becomes scrambled. (Shepherd-Express)
- June 24, 2009 - White House Hosts Meeting on Immigration
After two delays and months of hand-wringing among immigrant advocates, President Obama finally meets with members of Congress Thursday to take up the thorny issue of immigration. (National Public Radio)
- June 23, 2009 - Lawmakers Mull Driver's Cards For Illegal Immigrants
"The more eligible drivers and qualified drivers we have on the roads, the safer it is for the roads to remain that way," says Carlos Valentin of Madison Police Depertament (WISC TV)
- June 23, 2009 - Debate over "Driver's Cards" for Illegal Immigrants
Immigrant rights activists are trying to get the state to issue driver's cards for undocumented immigrants. (WUWM Radio)
- June 22, 2009 - Groups lobby for Wis. driver's card for immigrants
Supporters press their case with a news conference, a noisy rally outside the Capitol and in meetings with lawmakers. (Chicago Tribune/AP)
- June 22, 2009 - Hundreds rally for driving measure for illegal immigrants
Hundreds of people flooded the state Capitol to rally for a budget provision that would allow undcoumented immigrants to get driving certificates (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
- June 22, 2009 - Groups lobby for driver's cards
Allowing illegal immigrants to qualify for special driver's cards would make the roads safer, reduce insurance rates and generate much-needed revenue for state government, say supporters (Fox 11)
- June 22, 2009 - Rally for immigrant driving privileges
Proponents of drivers cards for illegal immigrants call on state Senate leaders to restore that language to the budget. (Wisconsin Radio Network)
- June 17, 2009 - Latino leaders protest Senate's removal of immigrant provisions
Leaders in Milwaukee's Latino community expressed outrage Wednesday that state Sen. Tim Carpenter (D-Milwaukee) and other Democrats removed provisions in the state budget that would allow some undocumented students to pay in-state college tuition and let illegal immigrants obtain certificates to drive legally. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
- June 15, 2009 - Measure grants driving rights to undocumented immigrants
Special driver cards intended to improve safety on roadways (Kenosha News)
- June 3, 2009 - State May Grant Illegal Immigrants Special License To Drive
Wisconsin could become only the second state in the United States to give illegal immigrants a special license to drive. The policy change is part of the proposed state budget. (WISN)
- June 2, 2009 - State immigrant-rights coalition to participate in national campaign
Local activists join others from across U.S. seeking immigration law reforms (Kenosha News)
- June 1, 2009 - Wisconsin would be 2nd state to issue driver's cards to illegal immigrants
The state may soon join Utah in issuing undocumented immigrants special cards that allow them to drive but not get other rights that traditional licenses hold. (Green Bay Press Gazette)
- June 1, 2009 - Viewpoint: What Way Forward for Immigration Reform?
The spirit of the May 1 marches was hopeful: legislative work groups are being set up this summer to draft legislation. But what kind of bill will emerge, and when? (Labor Notes)
- May 29, 2009 - Budget committee OKs driver's card
Undocumented immigrants in Wisconsin not eligible for driver's licenses instead could get driver's cards that would give them limited rights under action taken by a Democratic-controlled committee. (Capital Times / Associated Press)
- May 1, 2009 - Crowd swells for immigration rally
Amid economic troubles, a flu scare, the closing of some schools and the cancellation of the Cinco de Mayo festival in Milwaukee, Friday's immigration and worker rights march drew thousands who walked through downtown and rallied at the lakefront to continue the push for comprehensive immigration reform. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
- May 1, 2009 - Flu Outbreak Doesn't Stop Immigration Rallies
The threat of the H1N1 virus had apparently had little if any effect on immigration rallies in Wisconsin on Friday. (WISN)
- May 1, 2009 - Group Says Immigration Reform Must Come Soon
For the fourth year in a row, immigrants and their supporters will take to the streets Friday, May 1, in many U.S. cities, in support of immigration reform. (WUWM Milwaukee)
- April 29, 2009 - March to Go On Despite Threat of Swine Flu
Despite swine flu outbreaks across the country, immigration activists are carrying on with plans to stage large demonstrations on Friday. It will mark the fourth annual 'Day with out Latinos' march and rally, including in Milwaukee. (WUWM News)
- April 27, 2009 - Immigrants need rights, union power
This May 1 marks a national day of action in cities across the United States as hundreds of thousands of people will march in the streets (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
- April 1, 2009 - Labor Rights crucial in workers' May 1 marches
America's economic future, as well as to genuine immigration reform, depend on labor rights advances (Milwaukee Labor Press)
- March 18, 2009 - Immigrant rights rally at Capitol
Those in support of rights for undocumented immigrants are calling on a few changes to the Governor's proposed budget. (Wisconsin Radio Network)
- March 18, 2009 - Racine student activists seek license, tuition fairness
Over 100 Racine high school students and several dozen adult supporters piled into buses Wednesday morning to deliver a message to legislators in Madison. (Racine Post)
- March 1, 2009 - Time to Get Political
After years of paralysis in U.S. Congress, the wheels begin to turn anew on the vexing issue of what to do about the nation's undocumented immigrants (Aqui Milwaukee)
- February 18, 2009 - Coalition Re-Forms to Battle Real ID
Driver's certificates would lead to safer roads says campaign.(Shepherd Express)
- February 16, 2009 - Unified student groups renew call for MLK school holiday
Two Racine Unified student groups want the district to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a day off from school. They'll join two of the city's civil rights organizations today to rally before the Unified School Board meeting - Racine Journal Times
- February 13, 2009 - Group seeks driver certificates for illegal immigrants
A coalition of groups today stepped up its effort to convince Gov. Jim Doyle to allow illegal immigrants to obtain certificates that would allow them to drive and get car insurance - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
- January 22, 2009 - No more raids Mr. President
A national call for immigration reform sparks action in Wisconsin as about 100 people gathered outside of Congresswoman Gwen Moore's Milwaukee office late Wednesday - Wisconsin Radio Network
- January 22, 2009 - Call for Immigration Reform
About 100 people who want new immigration legislation gathered outside of congresswoman Gwen Moore's Milwaukee office late Wednesday - WUWM
- January 15, 2009 - WI activists on Obama's home turf
A Wisconsin labor rights and immigrant advocate says Barack Obama's immigration policy helped win over the Latino vote in the Presidential race. (Wisconsin Radio Network)
- December 18, 2008 - Area women launch a Jewish response to immigration crisis
How MIKLAT! is reaching out - Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle
- December 17, 2008 - Everyday Heroes
Volunteers who go beyond the expected to inspire others, including the students of SUITS and SUFRIR, Voces de la Frontera's youth chapters - Milwaukee Shepherd Express
- November 5, 2008 - Hundreds of local students knock on doors to encourage voting
Students wearing yellow shirts blanketed Racine on election day, passing out cards that indicated where to vote and a number to call to get a ride to the polls - Racine Journal Times
- November 3, 2008 - Civic minded teens take action
They may not be old enough to vote, but a number of teens in southeastern Wisconsin are doing what they can to ensure others hit the polls on Election Day - Wisconsin Radio Network
- October 6, 2008 - Absentee Voting Begins in Wisconsin
Voces de la Frontera Director Christine Neumann-Ortiz says in the past couple of months, the group has registered more than 2,000 residents to vote, and some want to do it before Nov. 4 - Milwaukee Public Radio (WUWM)
- October 2, 2008 - Judge rules against Ashley Furniture
Voces de la Frontera wins 'No Match' case against Ashley Furniture
- September 24, 2008 - Changes to MPS program protested
Recent changes to Milwaukee Public Schools' parental involvement program are adversely affecting families with limited English proficiency, a group that rallied in front of MPS central offices Wednesday contends - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
- September 1, 2008 - Immigration Issue Broached at Major Political Conventions
Activists for immigrants' rights have been pressing for change from the next presidency - Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR)
- August 26, 2008 - Latino Media Outlets on the Rise in Milwaukee
How the Voces newspaper and WJTI-AM are keeping the community informed - WUWM
- August 11, 2008 - Midwest Hispanic voters could play pivotal role
In tight battleground states, tiny bloc could make a difference - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
- August 6, 2008 - Wisconsin's Latinos Could Decide the Election
New voters could decide the presidential election and affect races statewide - Shepherd Express
- July 30, 2008 - Immigration forum presses need for reform
Voces de la Frontera's Reality Tour reaches out to Western Wisconsin (Eau Claire Leader-Telegram)
- July 25, 2008 - Panel discusses concerns about voter intimidation
A voter education summit in Milwaukee Wednesday night expressed concerns the city could see organized attempts at voter intimidation and disenfranchisement during the general election - Wispolitics.com
- July 12, 2008 - Hispanic Teens Walking For Voters
The first presidential convention is weeks away. But Hispanic teens on Milwaukee's south side say it's not too soon to find and register new voters. Organizers call their canvassing for new voters, Democracy Summer - Fox 6 News
- June 28, 2008 - Crackdown on ID business
South Side businesses and activists are calling an ID business a scam that preys on immigrants - CBS 58
- June 26, 2008 - Ashley Accused
In a case begun by Voces, Ashley Furniture is prosecuted by the National Labor Relations Board for its silencing of workers over its premature implementation of 'No Match' letter rules - Arcadia Leader
- June 20, 2008 - Workers challenge treatment after records are questioned
Two Ashley Furniture Industries employees are pressing a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board that the company near Winona violated theirs and at least 30 other employees' rights when it allegedly silenced employees who'd been found to have discrepancies in their Social Security records - Rochester Post Bulletin
- May 28, 2008 - Immigrant raid sparks solidarity
Three hundred-89 suspected illegal immigrants were arrested May 12th at a meatpacking plant in Postville, Iowa. A vigil will be held Wednesday evening at Ascension Lutheran Church in Milwaukee as part of a nationwide vigil movement - Wisconsin Radio Network
- May 2, 2008 - Standing up for rights - Local students join rally for immigration reform
RACINE - About 300 local students attended a brief rally Thursday morning at Monument Square before attending a march for immigration reform in Milwaukee. "Let's demand respect for everybody in this community," Mayor Gary Becker said at the rally - Racine Journal Times
- May 2, 2008 - Still They March
Against the predictable mainstream media stories focused on the decreased size of the May Day marches, the real story is how so many people overcame their fear and marched in 200 cities - New America Media
- May 2, 2008 - Crowds Smaller in Marches for Immigrant Rights
Across the nation, Milwaukee had one of the more robust turnouts, with thousands of people gathering, as they did last year - New York Times
- April 23, 2008 - It's Happening Here
It sounds like something that happens in Baghdad or 1980s El Salvador - individuals being taken from their homes, never to return again. But it isn't happening a world away in a war zone or under a brutal regime. It's happening in Milwaukee - Shepherd Express
- April 20, 2008 - 'A Day Without Latinos' march set
For the third year in a row, Voces de La Frontera is organizing "A Day Without Latinos" march on May 1, part of a national effort to push for comprehensive immigration reform - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
- April 16, 2008 - Both sides size up immigration debate as another 'day without latinos' approaches
As Wisconsin approaches a third annual "Day without a Latino" march May 1, those on both sides of the immigration debate say nothing of substance is being done to address the issue - wispolitics.com
- April 2, 2008 - Students do their part to promote referendum
Students United for Immigrant Rights - Voces de la Frontera's student chapter - organized to spread the word about a school funding referendum in several wards in the city that typically have low voter turnouts - Racine Journal Times
- March 4, 2008 - 'Hi' to immigrants springing up here
Yard signs welcoming immigrants to Madison are starting to appear on the snow-piled landscape - Capital Times
- March 3, 2008 - Voces de la Frontera gives Latino youth a voice
An anticipatory fervor lit up the room with the speech and discussion that composed the majority of the Youth Summit... - UWM Post
- February 21, 2008 - The Newest Frontier
Milwaukee in the spotlight in a look at how immigrants are transforming America - The Economist
- January 28, 2008 - Voces de la Frontera joins major voter drive effort
There's a major effort under way in Milwaukee to register thousands of first-time voters - WISN TV
- October 11, 2007 - No Match letters protested
Hundreds march from Milwaukee's south side to the downtown Social Security office Friday morning as part of an effort to get the agency not to send "no-match" letters to employers - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
- October 7, 2007 - Police urged not to check legal status
Activists want immigration standing off-limits in stops; some chiefs agree - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
- July 16, 2007 - Local Activist on CNN after Immigration Rally
In a demonstration outside the federal courthouse, dozens put on masks of CNN host Lou Dobbs to pose the question, "Do you have to be Lou Dobbs to have a voice in the immigration debate?" - WTMJ4
- June 8, 2006 - Christine Neumann-Ortiz: A powerful voice for immigrants' rights
Profile of Voces' founding Executive Director - MKE
Myths & Facts
Myth: The United States cannot absorb present immigrant numbers
Fact: 11.5% of the U.S. population is foreign-born today. At the start of the last century it was 15%. Previous waves of immigrants were met with
suspicion, too, yet all of them are now saluted for the contributions they have made.
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