MADISON (WSAU) The widow of a legendary Milwaukee civil rights leader slammed Wisconsin Republican policies yesterday at the state’s official celebration of Martin Luther King Day. With Governor Scott Walker just a few feet away, Margaret Rozga said anyone who tries curtail collective bargaining by workers, or suppresses the right to vote quote, “doesn’t stand with us.”
Her comments drew cheers from the hundreds who attended the King Day ceremony at the Capitol.
Rozga was the wife of Father James Groppi, who led Milwaukee protest marches in the 1960’s which succeeded in ending housing discrimination in that city. At yesterday’s ceremony, she was accepting an award on Groppi’s behalf when she criticized the Wisconsin law which virtually eliminated most public union bargaining, and required a photo I-D to vote. Rozga also criticized the bill which makes it easier to build new mines, saying her family loves Wisconsin’s natural resources – and she doesn’t want to see them endangered. She did not mention Walker by name. And Walker made no reference to her comments when he later read a proclamation of Martin Luther King Day.
The governor quoted the slain civil rights leader, saying quote, “Hatred doesn’t drive out hate – Only love can do that.”