We’re writing from inside UWM’s Peck Theatre building which is currently being indefinitely and openly occupied by between 50 and 100 people. The occupation is happening after over a thousand students, TAs and faculty members walked-out of the University of Milwaukee. Those participating in the walk-out and subsequent march held banners reading “School’s out Forever” and “Strike, Occupy, Takeover” among other things. The stated intent of the occupation is to act in solidarity with those occupying the capital building in Madison, those striking and resisting austerity in the Midwest, and with the uprisings in throughout the Middle East. People have announced a dance party later tonight. There is food and music and riot porn being projected on the walls. In general the atmosphere is festive and relaxed. A lot of people are socializing or re-decorating the space. Some adorable senior citizens brought us cheesecake as a token of their solidarity with the struggle. The general sentiment among the occupiers is to extend the occupation as long as possible. Word has reached us of an occupation on the UW campus in Beloit. (More info later)
We graciously request from comrades abroad:
-Pizza, Soda, Snacks (to be delivered to the UW-Milwaukee Theatre building)
-Incendiary propaganda relating to crisis, austerity and occupation
-Sweet Dance Mixes
-More occupations, strikes, walk-outs and sick-outs
-And anything else you have access to in abundance.
Scott Walker them all.
Packages can be addressed to:
732 e. Clarke Street
Latest Statement From Occupied UW Milwaukee:
We encourage the continued occupation of the state capitol building in Madison as well as the theatre building at UWM.
We call for the further occupations of workplace, university and government buildings.
We endorse and call for a general strike and will stand in solidarity with all who participate.
Love and solidarity to those occupying Wheeler Hall in Berkeley, California.