October 12, 2011
Update: As of about 8pm, October 12, all of the arrestees have been released from jail. They are all in good spirits and happy to be out. Thanks for everyone’s support. Also, see the new video of the arrests below and take action on Monday by coming to the Milwaukee Hearing On Good Jobs. Let your legislators know it’s time to put money into creating jobs now. Thanks.
As 40 people picketed outside the offices of Sen. Ron Johnson this Oct 12, 19 protesters were arrested when they went inside demanding a meeting with the senator for an explanation of his vote against the American Jobs Act on October 11. The Jobs Act would modernize Wisconsin’s infrastructure, cut taxes for the middle class, and put thousands back to work.
However, weeks prior to the vote Sen. Johnson had characterized the act as the “definition of insanity.” With this bold statement in mind, citizens took to the streets to demand that the senator explain what exactly was insane about putting struggling families back to work.
Protesters going inside the building at 517 E. Wisconsin Ave. were confronted immediately by a member of Sen. Johnson’s staff in the security area of the main lobby. At least a dozen police officers armed with billyclubs and carrying plastic handcuffs arrived shortly after the staffer refused access to more than six people.
Outside the building, people outraged by Sen. Johnson’s vote against the AJA on Tuesday accused him of siding with millionaires and billionaires rather than with the 99% struggling to make ends meet. The crowd chanted, “Ron Johnson, he’s the worst. He puts corporations first!” and “What do we want? Jobs! When do we want them? Now!”
As police cordoned off the street and led people out of the building in handcuffs, the crowd shouted, “Shame! Shame! Shame!”
The constituents were never told why Sen. Johnson voted against the Jobs Act. To them it became clear that, unless you can afford a lobbyist, Ron Johnson doesn’t really care to answer your questions.