Rally to Abolish Campus Police
[Milwaukee, WI] – The UW-Milwaukee chapter of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) is holding a rally on Friday, September 25th, 6 pm at Spaights Plaza on the UWM campus to formally announce our demands of UW Milwaukee:
- Defund the UWM campus police entirely
- Redistribute those funds to programs such as Ethnic Studies, health services including mental health, etc.
- Create and effectively utilize an anti-racism/discrimination comittee
- Ban all contracts with companies that profit from the prison industrial complex
With roots in slave catching, police today only continue to serve a purpose of controlling, arresting, incarcerating, and killing Black, Brown, and Indigenous people. On campuses, this means police officers harass and profile students of color, which is a hostile environment. In the past few years, UWM campus police have shot someone on campus who was sleeping and ignored a nazi antagonizing students. The recent call for additional police to patrol “covid parties” will mostly impact Black and Brown people, as police racially profile them. Police do not actually keep us safe, and we believe we need to fund the services and programs that do actually support students.
Masks are required at the rally, and please maintain social distancing.
Students for a Democratic Society is an organization historically dedicated to civil rights, an end to wars, and a truly democratic society for all. The UW-Milwaukee chapter can be found on Facebook at @sdsuwmilwaukee and on Instagram at @sds_uwm.