"Occupy Milwaukee" protesters plan next protest for this Saturday
Shelley Walcott reports Video by 620wtmj.comvideo
MILWAUKEE- Organizers of "Occupy Milwaukee" are planning another protestes, the plan is to meet at Lincoln Park on Saturday.
Organizers are hoping for another huge turnout this Saturday.
The plan is to meet at Lincoln Park at noon, then march to the old A.O. Smith/Tower Automotive site.
The company once employed thousands, and is a symbol of Milwaukee's economic downturn.
Organizer Khalil Coleman told TODAY'S TMJ4, "This building was once a cornerstone in this community and it helped people get jobs, it helped people get livable wages, take care of their families, they were a part of unions, they were able to have a self sustaining economy."
Coleman says marchers are also heading into Saturday's rally, a little more "battle ready."
He says this is the case especially after violence at an "Occupy Oakland" rally and the arrest of Austin Thompson during a "teach-in" in front of the downtown M&I bank last week.
"To have our brother Austin be arrested because of that, it actually engaged people to want to be part of the movement," Coleman told TODAY'S TMJ4.
But the violence in California and Thompson's arrest has also caught the attention of businesses along Saturdays march route, including a barbershop owner.
Lamarvis Ware told TODAY'S TMJ4, "I am concerned that hopefully it will be smooth and hopefullly there won't be any problems or anything."
Milwaukee Police would only tell TODAY'S TMJ4's Shelley Walcott they are prepared for Saturday's rally, and expect it to be peaceful.
Coleman says that is their intention, "You know the whole world is watching. And it's not just happening in the United States of America... It's happening across the globe."
The rally will start at Lincoln Park on Saturday, then they will march down to Capitol Drive, and eventually over to Century City at 27th and Hopkins.