Milwaukee Mothers Rally For Racial Justice
“I need this country to be better for my children.”
So when protests began to engulf Milwaukee and other cities across the nation after the death of George Floyd, she knew she had to participate. And she wanted her son, who is now 8, to join in as well.
She quickly discovered the larger protests were not kid friendly. The youth-led marches created challenges as well because they were not “mama friendly” because participants moved too fast, she said.
What Milwaukee needed, Davis decided, was a space for mothers and their children to protest. On Friday night, Milwaukee mothers turned out in full force outside District 7 of the Milwaukee Police Department on West Fond Du Lac Avenue.
Mothers of all ages and races sat in front of the precinct for two hours.
“Regardless of the circumstances, all mothers can relate to each other because we all want what is best for our children,” Davis said. “And I want them to see us united.”
Since her son’s death, Hamilton founded Mothers for Justice United, which advocates for and supports mothers who have lost children because of violence.
‘I am devastated’
Sandy Williams, a Menomonee Falls resident, has a 22-year-old son and a 14-year-old daughter.
“Every time I see these murders on the news, I am devastated,” she said.
Friday’s “Mad Moms” protest was the first such event Williams has been able to attend.
“I am here not because I want to be, but because I need this country to be better for my children,” Williams said.
“As parents we have a responsibility to educate our children,” she said. “Not only for their sake but for the sake of those they will cross paths with.”
Dasha Kelly Hamilton shared her experience with other moms.
“My daughter is all grown up now and has been attending protests the past few weeks,” said Milwaukee’s poet laureate. “My child stood with your child, and the police tear-gassed the peaceful crowd. They gassed my baby.”
She urged the mothers to have real talks on race with their children.
“Santa Claus and the tooth fairy – you handled those great,” she said. “Now tell these truths to.”
Added Kelly Hamilton: “Mama power ain’t new. What’s new is all these moms here together.”
This story was originally published by Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, where you can find other stories reporting on fifteen city neighborhoods in Milwaukee.
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