Protesters march on Scott Walker's Wauwatosa home to decry state budget cuts

Jennifer Epps-Addison leads a chant in front of Gov. Walker's home Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.

Jennifer Epps-Addison leads a chant in front of Gov. Walker's home Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Photo By Peter Zuzga

Feb. 16, 2015

Rallying against Gov. Scott Walker's proposed state budget, more than 100 protesters gathered outside of his Wauwatosa home from about 5:10 to 5:25 p.m. Monday. 

Repeating many of the chants heard at the State Capitol when Walker instituted Act 10 in 2011, the winding line of protesters called out, "Hey hey, ho ho, Scott Walker's got to go," "The students united will never be defeated," and "Students are not for sale," as they circled outside Walker's home on 68th Street.

The protesters started at Juneau Park Play Field, 6500 W. Mount Vernon Ave., at 4:30 p.m. As they walked toward 68th Street, Wauwatosa and Milwaukee police blocked off westbound Bluemound Road. At Walker's house, police blocked northbound 68th Street while Wisconsin State Patrol officers were stationed in the driveway.  

Shouting through a megaphone, Wisconsin Jobs Now Director Jennifer Epps-Addison said although some might call it "invasive" to go to the governor's home, she said Walker's proposed cuts were invading their own homes. 

"He brought budget cuts to all our houses, and today we brought it to his," Epps-Addison said. 

Walker's son, Alex Walker, tweeted that his grandparents were living in the house. 


The protest was organized by Schools and Communities United, a coalition of several organizations concerned about public education in Wisconsin.

The protesters derided many cuts in Walker's proposed budget, including those to per-pupil aid for public schools, funding for the University of Wisconsin System, and support for SeniorCare and BadgerCare. Officials from the Wauwatosa School District say Walker's budget will result in nearly $1 million in cuts to Wauwatosa public schools. UW officials predict layoffs as a result of Walker's proposed $300 million cut to the state university system.

As the protesters retreated, they chanted, "We'll be back." 

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