Milwaukee Protesters Call for Abortion Access and Boycott on July 4

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For those who gathered in Red Arrow Park Monday morning, the usual Fourth of July traditions of backyard barbecues and neighborhood parades were replaced by protests and activism against the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

“We are standing up for women’s rights and human rights,” said Jennifer Shevey, who attended the protest with her father and sister. “That’s more important than celebrating the 4th of July right now.”

Hundreds like Shevey gathered in the park in downtown Milwaukee for the People’s Independence Day protest. The crowd included everyone from a little boy in a wagon to Shevey’s father, George Kuhagen, a grandfather in a wheelchair.

Protesters marched to the US Courthouse and Federal Building on Wisconsin Avenue, holding homemade signs. His chant echoed through the streets: “My body, my choice.” “Keep your rosaries out of our ovaries.” “Hey, hey, ho, ho, the Supreme Court has got to go.”