Milwaukee immigration activist Christine Neumann-Ortiz was arrested this morning with around 40 other activists at a pro-immigration demonstration outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Activists blocked traffic on Independence Avenue and were soon handcuffed and led away by U.S. Capitol police, according to the Associated Press.
Neumann-Ortiz is the director of local immigrants’ and workers’ rights defense organization Voces de la Frontera. She and other D.C. protesters pushed for immigration overhaul as congress prepares to leave for a five-week summer “vacation” without House action on immigration reform.
Voces de la Frontera recently led a crusade against Palermo’s Pizza worker rights for over a year, which was finally settled yesterday as Palermo’s agreed to rehire eight of its fired workers. Neumann-Ortiz was profiled in the July issue of Milwaukee Magazine.