CLOSEmsdf December Picket

Event Dates: 
CLOSEmsdf December Picket
Thursday, December 19 at 12 PM – 2 PM
Milwaukee County Courthouse
901 N 9th St, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233
Why do we picket?
1. To educate people on the inhumane conditions at MSDF.
2. To memorialize the 18 people who have died in MSDF since it opened.
3. To let WI taxpayers know that each day someone spends in MSDF for a crimeless rule violation costs us $100.84 vs $40 to treat that person in the community where their job, housing & support systems stay secure.
4. To hold Governor Tony Evers to his campaign promises. He told the Journal Sentinel he thinks MSDF should close "as soon as possible". It is possible right now, and he can do it himself, with a few just and necessary policy changes. 
Please join us during the lunch hour on Thurs Dec 19 at the west entrance of the county courthouse. If enough people turn out, we may expand the picket to the state office building on 6th and Wells, where the DOC has community supervision offices. 
Parking is metered or nearby public lots. If you don't mind walking a couple blocks, its often easier to find free parking on the other side of the freeway.
We've been holding down this monthly picket since the spring of 2017. A coalition of Milwaukee organizations have joined up to shut down MSDF. This facility is a building within a building, where captives have no access to fresh air or sunlight. They are triple bunked in lockdown cells for over 20 hours a day. There is no outdoor rec. The facility was built and is run using funds that should be used for diversionary programs to keep people out of jail, instead it's being used to keep them on supervision under arbitrary and vindictive probation and parole officers.
We take this action in solidarity with the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, who has called for monthly actions on (or near) the 23rd of every month to bring attention to 23 hour a day lockdowns.
Can't come? 
If you haven't signed the petition yet yourself, please do here: