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How 50 Activists Killed a 60-Million-Dollar Slaughterhouse Deal in 12 Days

November 4, 2019


Activists fill Milwaukee City Hall to protest the Strauss slaughterhouse.
Photo: Robert Grillo, Free From Harm

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Two weeks after an incredible victory that captured the headlines and social media, I am still pinching myself to make sure what happened so rapidly and decisively is not but a dream I regret waking up from. The efforts of 50 activists and neighbors who shut down a 60-million dollar slaughterhouse in 12 days should serve as a huge inspiration to many. It demonstrates what is possible when a small yet determined group of regular people sets their minds to accomplish something that seems, on its face, impossible.

From the time one Milwaukee activist learned about the Straus slaughterhouse deal in a news story on October 8th, all signs from the media and politicians indicated it was a done deal with no hope in hell of being defeated. In the course of the next 48 hours, we would piece together the backroom maneuvers between the Mayor, aldermen and a huge meat industry player that would negatively impact the lives of an underserved community while shutting them out of the process. We learned that the Milwaukee Zoning & Neighborhoods & Development (ZND) Committee had already met on October 8th to approve the deal without a single member of the public present.

By October 12th, the newly formed Slaughter Free Milwaukee activist group discovered that the final vote to approve the deal was scheduled for a full up or down vote in just 3 short days (October 15th)! What happened between then and the morning of the 15th was pure magic. SFM organizers responded in crisis mode by creating a groundswell of resistance: building a Facebook presence, going out in the streets to talk to local residents, business owners, community activists and churches in the area of the proposed slaughterhouse, making signs and flyers, writing and distributing a press release, flooding alderman with phone calls and emails, showing up at City Hall to try to get their attention, and connecting with local reporters to tip them off about our planned City Hall protest.

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when united by a force
driven by love and
we can triumph over the

thank you fine peeps!!!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

8 Comments leave one →
  1. November 4, 2019 6:23 am

    So inspiring. 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  2. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    November 4, 2019 7:35 am

    when united by a force
    driven by love and
    we can triumph over the

    thank you fine peeps!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • November 4, 2019 4:18 pm

      Perfect, I love it, thank you so much, hon. ❤


      • Karen lyons kalmenson permalink
        November 4, 2019 5:29 pm

        You are so very welcome and thank you ❤️We are all finally being heard


  3. November 4, 2019 1:00 pm

    Fantastic, how perseverance and decision can work. These people are heroes: examples to follow, to bring tjem to Paladins of the victory against speciesism !!!! Huge, definitely very big! and you need to be proud of having people of this caliber. :-)c

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  4. November 10, 2019 9:27 pm

    Reblogged this on Vijayagiri views.


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