Link to November 12 JSOnline article, "Crowds protest budget plan: Milwaukee librarians, firefighters urge city not to cut deeper".
Every one of the 350 seats in the Common Council chamber galleries was taken, while other residents stood in the back of the room and packed the hallways outside, as the council and Mayor Tom Barrett held a public hearing on the 2009 city budget.
The crowd was color-coded by cause: firefighters in red T-shirts labeled “No more cuts” on their backs; library backers, mostly in black, waving signs that said, “Save library services”; and members of the Common Ground faith-based coalition, wearing brown T-shirts and pressing for expanding summer youth jobs. So many showed up that they filled the galleries in shifts. As the Common Ground members filed out, firefighters and their families streamed in.