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University of Minnesota Solidarity Network
UMN Solidarity is a movement that seeks to foster more democratic control of the resources and policies of the University of Minnesota by the whole University community. We began with a walkout, rally, and general assembly on March 11th, 2011 in solidarity with Wisconsin workers and students. We continued to grow our movement on March 28th with a walkout, rally, march, and assembly, at which we decided to occupy the space where we had assembled, the first floor of the Social Sciences Building. We made it an open occupation for four days and three nights, sparking conversations with hundreds of people around our demands (see below). The relationships we’ve developed through this organizing are continuing to fuel our movement. Stay tuned for what’s next—so far a daily infotable and something like a solidarity network—and check our calendar for upcoming meeting, events, and actions.
Because we are residents of Minnesota, and because this is a public, land-grant university,
We demand the right to peacefully occupy space at our university,
We demand that the general public has reasonable access to university resources;
We demand that the university respect the rights of all workers to organize and to earn at least a living wage;
We demand tuition and fee reductions;
We demand that regents be democratically elected by the university community;
We demand that the university treat student groups fairly and equitably with respect to funding and space. We demand student groups on the 2nd floor of Coffman Union be able to keep their spaces.
In doing so, we stand in solidarity with the people of Wisconsin, and students and workers worldwide.