News stories have documented the ravaging of the district's finances by local banks and out-of-town educational consulting companies.
The landfill contains 8,700 tons of un-containerized radioactive waste and there's a fire at the site.
Gov. Scott Walker and corporate extremist backers could suppress 300,000 registered voters.
The CP USA joined with hundreds of other organizations: labor, youth, peace, justice, clergy, political organizations and international groups, in the largest climate march ever.
So in this year's November 4 midterms, the question is once more whether the Democrats can turn out enough voters.
"The tea party Republicans divide the country: Scaring people is not standing up for people."
Generating some of the most excitement were activists from other nations who stood in solidarity with their peers.
"This march represents an incredible diversity of people, all realizing that this is the same fight."
Pulling together, volunteering and pitching in when city leaders seemed unable or unwilling to - just added to the unity building during a time of profound crisis.
The pro-Darren Wilson folks were screaming rage-soaked insults, but the protestors stoically chanted back in unison.