Students for a Democratic Society at UW-Milwaukee held a rally on Wednesday, Dec. 9, in opposition to the possible tuition increases and the cuts to educational programs at UW-Milwaukee. After the rally concluded, students, faculty and staff marched to Chapman Hall where an open meeting with the Chancellor’s Campus Organization and Effectiveness Team was scheduled to take place.
Those marching did not intend to disturb the meeting, but after finding the doors to Chapman Hall locked tension grew. There was no weekly Wednesday meeting to disturb; it was canceled without public notice.
The Students for a Democratic Society are a group on campus who stand for no institutional cuts, wages for campus employees be raised, and for many of the campus resources to be fund continually. The group is a nationwide group with chapters in high schools, other universities, and major cities.
Student Marina Leigh was at the protest.
“[I was] proud to see students and faculty coming together in support of quality education,” Leigh said, “[but] disappointed to find the doors locked. We had every intention to enter quietly and respectfully watch the meeting.”
Other groups protesting alongside SDS included: Youth Empowered in the Struggle, the Student Union Movement and Jewish Voices for Peace.