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Update #2: regarding the anti-austerity measure struggle in Wisconsin

The next few days and coming week may have a defining effect on the anti-austerity measure struggle in Wisconsin.

-To the surprise of many, the police union and many police themselves have declared they side with the protesters occupying the Capitol in Madison and not Scott Walker. They have also released statements urging their members to sleep inside the building along with those already doing so in order to protect the occupation. Even so, official statements are saying that the Capitol is going to be “closed for cleaning” starting on Sunday.  It is to resume its normal schedule and those occupying it are supposed to leave. We’re still waiting for more lines to be explicitly drawn. This possibly illustrates one of many fault lines among a series of identity crises that have necessarily come about within this event. Between the police and the mass, a rupture will take place as soon as what takes shape can be seen more clearly as a rejection of a mere return to normal and as soon as the monopoly of violence, which the state holds, is expropriated by the mass for itself. The police unions “solidarity” effort forestalls the elaboration of this realization. We do not doubt that police will resume their function within the community of capital and soon, but what will be the reaction?

-The Governor, Scott Walker, is set to release his budget for the state on Tuesday the 1st, which will most likely further inflame and incite more demonstrations across the state.

-March 2nd is a “national day of action” against tuition hikes. In Milwaukee there were already planned demonstrations and walkouts before any of this started, but the event will be greatly boosted by numerous TA’s, teachers, students and others set off by the heightening tensions. The last walkout was estimated to be upwards of 3000 people, which is 10% of the student population of UW-Milwaukee, so it is very likely this will be similar or more. People are saying everything but the words “strike” or “occupation” to describe what is more than likely to happen and what appears as increasingly imminent to many.



The Capital In Madison has been Occupied for the last three days

According to people who were there, the Capital building in Madison has been occupied for the last 3 days by students, workers and unions who are angered by the proposed cuts and legislation effecting the collective bargaining rights of state employees. Governor Scott Walker has threatened to deploy the national guard to police the picket lines, or respond to whatever may happen. But thus far, the Governor apparently fled and has been hiding in his parents house since this all started on Monday.

A text that has been floating around and passed out read:

“Crisis isn’t simply what happens to us. We aren’t victims with no agency who desire a return to a capitalism that works. We understand that capitalism is working. This is what it does. But what do we do? How do we escape the order of established politics and protest and enter into resistance? How do we render the world which alienates us inoperative and become a force capable of being the contradiction that tears it apart? How shall we become the crisis?

We propose: Choose to be partisans in this war which has already started. Block the economy, strike, occupy, and sabotage.

We respond to Scott Walker, his policies, and what he represents, but we must become a force that makes all positions of power obsolete. It will then no longer matter what politicians think or do. It will only matter what we do.”




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