“LOCAL VACATION” – VIVA FIDEL
music produced & recorded by: Phil N. DeBlank
lyrics written & performed by: VIVA FIDEL @vivafidel
The ‘Local Vacation” visual is saturated with historical Milwaukee imagery from the times of 1968. You will see the Commandos and Father James Groppi , up to the 1980’s footage of citizens protesting after the police murder of Ernest Lacy, all contrasted with the paralleling clips of current day street rallies and outcries after the police murder of Dontre Hamilton.
“When I was young I remember hearing the sad story about Ernest Lacy , I remember my parents being involved in that fight for justice, now here we are 35 years later and that fight for justice still continues. Unarmed Black men being targeted and killed by rouge police in Milwaukee is a real problem and it’s not new, just like in America. This flashback into history is the ‘local vacation’ , it’s happening all over the country. Some of us really need to do some research and learn what happened yesterday, so we can survive today and prepare for tomorrow. Hopefully it helps us think about the future we are creating ” – VivaFidel
Ernest Lacy & Dontre Hamilton were both murdered by Milwaukee Police Officers; This music video is dedicated to their families and loved ones and made in tribute to all the victims of police terrorism.