This post was originally published by the invaluable StudentActivism.net.
Last week’s March 2 National Day of Action saw scores of protests in more than a dozen states—including two that ended in arrests and one that ended with a bunch of people taking their clothes off.
The big story out of last week, however, was three extraordinary campus occupations—one in the Northeast, one in the Midwest and one on the West Coast.
In Dickinson College in Pennsylvania, feminist students—fed up with their administration’s foot-dragging on campus sexual assault policy—occupied their administration building for four days. They left on Saturday having won major changes to campus regulations.
At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, an occupation of a theater space on campus is still ongoing, six days after it began. The students behind this action, in solidarity with the ongoing protests at the Wisconsin State Capitol, have announced a schedule of events for the coming week ranging from yoga to historical workshops to a movie night.
And at UC-Berkeley, the site of an ever-growing list of mass arrests at peaceful student protests, students finally found a tactic that—at least this time—the administration had no way of shutting down. When nine students climbed up on a high ledge on a campus building and chained themselves together, administrators quickly met their demands.
March is shaping up to be an interesting month this year.