We arrived early to the eerily fortified University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee campus, cameras in hand. Police were everywhere, whole sections cordoned off with temporary metal barricades, motorcycle cops buzzed the neighborhood, and sniffing dogs, nose to the ground, moved in their purposeful patterns zigzagging their handlers behind them. Donald Trump would be appearing in a … Continue reading Student Coalitions Rise Against Trump Hate
We greeted those arriving to the Music Under Glass event at the Mitchell Park Domes, Thursday night, to remind them that it was the current County Executive Chris Abele whose mismanagement put the future of this Milwaukee landmark in jeopardy. Unfortunately for Milwaukee, Abele’s destruction doesn’t end here. Milwaukee has over $200 million in deferred … Continue reading Milwaukee Has Had Enough of Chris Abele
Illumination Against Gentrification. Photo by Patrick Chang. In Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox For Revolution, the tactic “Light Brigading” is described “To broadcast a message through collective action; to frame nighttime actions with a key message; to make creative use of overlooked public spaces.” The end of 2015 brings us an inspirational collaborative project: “Illumination Against … Continue reading Community Building Through Light Brigading
In the summer of 2012, 371 Productions and Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, created a short film entitled “Be Visible.” Overpass Light Brigade was honored to be part of this project. The filming with OLB took place overnight – from 7pm until 7am – in several locations around Southeast Wisconsin: on a farm, along the Milwaukee … Continue reading Be Visible
“Justice delayed is justice denied.” That’s the way Nate Hamilton described the seven months his family has waited since it was announced the U.S. Justice Department was launching a federal investigation into the death of his brother, Dontre. Dontre Hamilton was gunned down at Red Arrow Park in April of 2014 by a Milwaukee police … Continue reading What’s The Holdup, Feds?
What does it say about us when we put to rest the Confederate flag, a notorious icon of hate, with such reverence usually saved for real heroes? The real hero here is obvious, and was arrested for her patriotic action.
The Young Gifted and Black Coalition out of Madison, WI, has been making public calls for reduced policing and incarceration through rallies, marches, and speakers for months, and OLB was excited to have the opportunity to finally join them in their fight last Friday night. When we arrived, we laid our lights out and almost immediately people … Continue reading An Evening with Young Gifted and Black Coalition in Madison
David Dunlap is a one-man art movement out of Iowa City, practicing what is now known as “social practice” way before anyone coined the term. We’ve long admired his work invoking the visionary and spiritual power of social justice leaders. History tends to sanitize these iconic figures, and David’s work brings back some of their … Continue reading A Suit for MLK Jr.