MILWAUKEE -- While those who oppose the extended "Safer at Home" order took the streets of Madison and Milwaukee on Friday, April 24, a counter-protest group was busy planning a rally of its own.
A rally unlike any other, it will be held "virtually" and supporters can join from the comfort of their own homes -- supporting Safer at Home in a unique way.
"It grew because I think it resonates with a lot of people," said Marybeth Glenn, who supports the Safer at Home order.
Facebook group in support of Safer at Home
In a matter of days, a Facebook group titled "We support Gov. Evers and COVID-19 Safer at Home Order" gained traction. On Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26, more than 13,000 members are being asked to post uplifting and encouraging messages. Posts expressing gratitude for frontline workers and hope for a better tomorrow are already flooding feeds.
The virtual rally comes as a counter-protest to those in opposition of Safer at Home, who gathered near the Capitol in Madison and outside the War Memorial Center in Milwaukee on Friday. Supporters of the order are urging people to take guidelines from Gov. Tony Evers and health officials seriously.
"Safer at Home" protesters at Capitol
"Safer at Home" protesters in Milwaukee
"I saw a couple signs saying that it's a fake virus and a hoax, and you know, we're looking at so many Americans that have passed away so far," said Glenn. "We have lost a lot of lives to this. It's not a hoax. It's very serious.
"There's the potential this is going to start all over, that it's going to last longer, and it's because of the irresponsible action of the people taking the streets today."
Organizers are encouraging supporters to use the hashtags "#SaferAtHome" and "#SavingLives" when posting on social media. Click HERE for more information about this weekend's virtual rally.