Madison Demonstrators Occupy State Capitol for Third Night

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Hundreds of demonstrators — mostly young and enthusiastic University of Wisconsin college students — occupied the State Capitol in Madison for a third straight night last night, to oppose upstart Republican Governor Scott Walker’s effort to euthanize collective bargaining rights for public-sector employees. Boxes of pizza were donated to the “squatters” — and delivered free-of-charge by a local taxi company — just before midnight, as The UpTake’s Jacob Wheeler and Oliver Dykstra arrived on the scene. Jubilant protesters jogged through the Capitol Rotunda holding an American flag; on the second floor, drummers and musicians held spirits aloft; and in a committee room on the third floor, testimony on behalf of teachers, and other public sector employees, continued for an 85th straight hour last night. This was how the young activists were able to keep the State Capitol open throughout the night, as they have all week here. Big, big, big crowds are expected on Friday morning.

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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