Madison Demonstrators Occupy State Capitol for Third Night By Jacob Wheeler | February 18, 2011 LikeTweet EmailPrint More More on Labor/Unions Subscribe to Labor/Unions Watch live streaming video from theuptake at livestream.com 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. Support this story and all the stories from The Uptake. Donate.