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.