On June 19, NextGen Wisconsin is standing in solidarity with Milwaukee’s African American community, celebrating freedom and achievement as part of this year’s Juneteenth Day festival. NextGen will be engaging with young voters and recruiting volunteers to help in the fight to unseat Governor Scott Walker in the upcoming November election.
Juneteenth Day is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. On top of celebrating African American freedom and achievement, the message has been expanded to include continuous self-development and respect for all cultures. This year marks the celebration’s 47th iteration and is celebrated with a parade and a street festival.
According to a press release by NextGen, Scott Walker has blocked the documentation of racial profiling by law enforcement as well as disenfranchised communities of color with his voter ID law. NextGen states in the press release that through the use of dog whistle politics, Walker has divided Wisconsin and ignored the concern of the African American community in Milwaukee.
In the upcoming election, NextGen hopes to elect leaders who will fight for social justice and racial equality. For last Tuesday’s special elections, NextGen Wisconsin contacted over 10,000 voters and helped flip State Senate District 1, which voted for Scott Walker by 23 points in 2014. NextGen Wisconsin is utilizing an initial investment of $2.5 million and 31 staff and fellows to organize young voters in their communities and on 35 college campuses across the state this fall.
The Juneteenth Day festival runs from noon until 6 p.m. along King Dr. NextGen will be stationed outside of their headquarters located at 2745 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.