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Marchers make their way to UnityPoint Health-Meriter Hospital in Madison.
UnityPoint Health-Meriter nurses handed out water to people march and are listening to the groups speeches. WKOW photo.
UnityPoint Health-Meriter nurses handed out water to people march and are listening to the groups speeches. WKOW photo.

MADISON (WKOW) -- Protesters are marching down West Washington Avenue during today's Week of Action march.

The marchers are calling for accountability for black babies and women dying at disproportionate rates in Wisconsin and are marching to Meriter and St. Mary's hospitals.

When the protesters reached UnityPoint Health-Meriter Hospital, nurses handed out water and listened to the group's speeches.

The Week of Action is part of a nationwide effort by the Movement for Black Lives calling for change from local officials and demanding justice for those who have been killed by police.

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Protesters are marching from the State Capitol to Meriter and St. Mary's hospital.

Posted by WKOW 27 on Saturday, June 6, 2020

Freedom, Inc., Urban Triage, and Party for Socialism and Liberation - PSL are wrapping up a week of action in defense of Black lives.

They will host a 6 p.m. Facebook Live for more political education and to explain how they, as a community, will continue to defend Black lives.

On Friday, activists met downtown for a picnic and celebration of the life of Breonna Tayor who was gunned down by Louisville police in March. She would have been 27.

Thursday's action returned to the Beltline Highway in Madison where protesters shut down westbound lanes during rush hour. Police closed off the main highway around town from Stoughton Road to Middleton.

Wednesday's action included online educational opportunities.

On Tuesday, a car caravan on the westbound Beltline in Madison slowed traffic to a halt while protesters marched down John Nolen Drive.

On Monday, demonstrators closed off John Nolen Drive during rush hour, and met with Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway who came to talk to the protesters.

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