January 15, 2020 Milwaukee, WI – As President Donald Trump took the stage at the UW-Milwaukee Panthers Arena on the evening of January 14, over 2000 rallied and marched against his visit and his reactionary agenda. The action was led by the Coalition to March on the Democratic National Convention, a growing group of nearly 20 organizations that has come together to march and protest at the Democratic Convention which will be in Milwaukee this summer.
Omar Flores, a leader with the coalition, served as the press representative for the action and also spoke at the rally before the mass march. Afterward, he explained why the Coalition to March on the DNC organized the demonstration against Trump.
“Trump is the ruling class with their mask torn off. He is the most honest expression of our class enemy in all their infamy,” Kellie Lutz, a member of Freedom Road Socialist Organization/FightBack!, said. “He is an enemy of working class and oppressed people everywhere, and he must be defeated!”
Christine Neumann-Ortiz, executive director of Voces de la Frontera, a major immigrant rights organization, spoke about the importance of united front against Trump and his administration, which has continued to attack and illegally imprison immigrants.
Lauryn Cross, a young activist from the Youth Climate Action Team, spoke about fighting against the destruction Trump and the rich have caused for our planet. She was joined by many other young fighters, including those of UW-Parkside Students for a Democratic Society.
Take Back the American Dream Conference 2011
Christine Neumann-Ortiz was one of the 158 speakers who addressed the Take Back the American Dream Conference 2011 . The Conference was hosted by the Institute for Policy Studies, and Democratic Socialists of America dominated Campaign for America's Future, 
Meeting on Community Organizing
A "Meeting on Community Organizing, Civic Participation & Racial Justice" - organized by the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity December 2011, Washington, DC.
- Jackie Byers, Black Organizing Project, Center for Third World Organizing
- Rick Cohen, PRE Consultant
- Kennia Coronado, Voces de la Frontera Student Leader
- Sarita Gupta, Jobs with Justice
- Ponsella Hardaway, MOSES
- Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Community Coalition
- Judy Hatcher, PRE Consultant
- Richard Healey, Grassroots Policy Project
- Derrick Johnson, One Voice and Mississippi NAACP
- Jon Liss, New Virginia Majority
- Pam McMichael, Highlander Research and Education Center
- Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Voces de la Frontera
- Denise Perry, BOLD: Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity, Center for Third World Organizing
- Maggie Potapchuk, PRE Consultant
- John A. Powell, Kirwan Institute (*at time of meeting, now Haas Diversity Research Center at the Univ. of California, Berkeley)
- Rashad Robinson, Colorofchange.org
- Saket Soni, New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice and National Guestworker Alliance
- Ada Williams Prince, OneAmerica
- Lori Villarosa, Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity
- Bob Wing, PushBack Network (via phone)
2012 May Day immigration march
Thousands carrying signs that said "Stop Ripping Families Apart" and "Education not Deportation" paraded Sunday from Milwaukee's south side through downtown and on to Veterans Park at the lakefront for the 2012 May Day march for immigrant rights.
Christine Neumann-Ortiz, executive director of Voces de la Frontera, the immigrant and low-wage worker group that organized the marches, said although the turnout was not as strong as in other years, it was still large and "that shows the consciousness and sends a message on the issues we're fighting for."
The focus of the May Day march centered on the U.S. Supreme's Court's consideration of Arizona SB 1070.
Bruce Colburn of the state AFL-CIO told the crowd: "We are one, whether we are fighting Arizona's anti-immigrant law or Wisconsin's union-busting law. We are one family."
U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), one of the most outspoken proponents of immigration reform in Congress, told the marchers that the push for immigration reform must continue.
U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Milwaukee) told the crowd she continues to work for passage of the DREAM Act, a bill that would allow those who were brought here as children by their parents and who graduate from state high schools to pay in-state tuition in college.
Since 2005, the Center for Community Change has "recognized some of our nation’s top community leaders for advancing the cause of social justice, with a particular impact on the lives of low-income people and people of color. CCC’s Community Change Champion Awards are presented to individuals and organizations who are our heroes in the social justice movement".
In 2011, awardees were;
- Quinn Delaney, President of Akonadi Foundation
- George Gresham, President of 1199 SEIU United Health Care Workers East
- Pramila Jayapal, Executive Director of OneAmerica
- Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Executive Director of Voces de la Frontera
- Frances Fox Piven, Professor of Political Science CUNY
- Congressman Raúl Grijalva, United States Representative, Arizona 7th District
2016 Anti-Trump Protest
At an anti-trump protest in March 2016 at a Holiday Inn in Janesville, Wisconsin, Ortiz was quoted by ThinkProgress as saying “We need to demonstrate that we totally reject the kind of hate that he’s promoting,” she said. “He’s not just a dangerous candidate, he’s promoting the growth of a social movement based on far-right, white supremacist ideas.”
Fighting Bob Fest
Fighting Bob Fest speakers 2018: Jim Hightower, Randy Bryce, Mandela Barnes, John Nichols, Rep. Chris Taylor, Sarah Godlewski, Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Ruth Conniff, Will Durst, Karin Wolf, Kim Wright, Paula Bezark, Lauren Peterson, Raging Grannies, Danny Chicago, Norman Stockwell.
- Our Future website: Take Back the American Dream 2011 Speakers (accessed on Sept. 22, 2011)
- Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity
- Gwen Moore for Congress website, accessed Jan. 2, 203
- CCC website, Change Champions, accessed Jan. 30, 2012
- Donald Trump’s First Wisconsin Event Triggers Protests, Arrests, accessed Jun. 6, 2016