On August 7 Mayor Barrett and others joined as we launched the dynamic new signs in front of Turner Hall, which generated considerable media coverage. As part of the dedication I noted that “Turner Hall is here only because of the dedication of immigrants and refugees from oppression abroad to promote physical fitness and social justice in America, and in Milwaukee in particular.”.
As we were leaving, some 600 Lutherans marched past Turner Hall, en route to the Milwaukee office of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), posting 9.5 theses to demand closing of the camps holding asylum seekers and separating families.
This was at least the third time recently that large numbers of religious affiliated people marched on that office, making similar demands. Some focused on camps closer to our southern border, but this same office has been involved in tearing prominent leaders, including clergy, from communities in southeastern Wisconsin.
An August 1st, a Jewish led action (#NeverAgainIsNow, www.neveragainaction.com/) was prepared for civil disobedience; their action caused the ICE officials to close down entirely, even though the demonstrators made clear that they would not obstruct any one from entering the building for their appointments.