We Now Know, or, Another Semester Older, Deeper in Debt: Takeaways from the UW Struggle, 2015

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all of usThis struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both.

-Frederick Douglass, 1857

Since this summer, the entire University of Wisconsin system has faced the assault on academic freedom and shared governance enacted by Act 55. In addition, we have been hit with a whopping, historic $250 million cut in state allotments to the UW system.

As if these affronts were not daunting enough, in late summer UW-Milwaukee administrators announced that the campus had amassed…

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