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Eyewitness Report Backs on Wisconson Protests and Occupations

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Event Type:
Panel Discussion
Location Details:
Station 40, 3030B 16th Street (at Mission), San Francisco, CA

With Bria Morgan and Devin

The fight for the rights of state workers in Wisconsin to bargain collectively has resulted in one the largest protest movements the country has seen in recent years. It has brought together some of the most unlikely allies--radical antiauthoritarians, police unions, teachers, graduate students, labor activists, firefighters, and environmentalists. to name a few. These groups joined together in rallies ...over 100,000 strong and in occupying the capitol building for almost three weeks. While there are many intriguing aspects to these protests, one of the most fascinating was the culture that developed inside the capitol itself. Bria will talk about her experiences in the capitol itself, how that culture reflected and was reflected by the larger protest movement, and what it means when anarchists are sharing inflatable mattresses with cops in support of teacher's rights. Devin will speak about resistance and organizing in Milwaukee--in particular the occupations and strikes on the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee campus, and the neighborhood assembly in the Riverwest area, home to much of Milwaukee's anarchist activity--and lessons for a potentially similar situation in California.

Bria, a native of Madison, went back there for five days and four nights during the capitol's occupation, where she worked closely with the people managing the internal logistics of the capitol, primarily coordinating volunteers to do everything from trash pickup to food prep. She is a longtime activist, and has worked on everything from antiwar campaigns to radical bike advocacy to climate justice issues as a collective member of Rising Tide North America. Currently, Bria works on indigenous rights and forest conservation as the director of the Borneo Project.

Devin grew up in rural Wisconsin, and divides his time between the Bay Area and Milwaukee. He's been involved with anarchist organizing in Wisconsin for the better part of a decade. Devin is involved with the Station 40 events collective as well as the Cream City Collective and Burnt Bookmobile in Milwaukee. In his free time, he writes and theorizes about the intersections of queer theory, insurrectionary anarchy, and antistate communism.

$2-5 donation toward Station 40's events infrastructure fund (but no one turned away for lack of money)

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