100s expected to rally in Milwaukee for equality

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Several groups that are demanding economic equality in the U.S. are planning a joint rally near downtown Milwaukee.

The demonstration Thursday afternoon will coincide with similar protests across the country. Groups including Wisconsin Jobs Now and MoveOn.org are planning to gather at a park and then march about half a mile to a bridge over Interstate 43.

Janet Veum is with Wisconsin Jobs Now. She says the bridge symbolizes the sort of infrastructure project that could help put people to work right away.

Peter Rickman is a 29-year-old law student at the University of Madison-Wisconsin. He has helped organize Wall Street protests in the past and plans to attend Thursday’s rally. He says the protesters want family-supporting jobs, adequate health care for everyone and accessible public education.