1990-1999

April 18, 1990

Students begin a five-day sit-in outside Chancellor Donna Shalala‘s office in an attempt to get her to sign a disclaimer about ROTC’s treatment of gays and lesbians. After 5 days, the protesters move to the Board of Regents Room in Van Hise. Police remove them on April 23, 1990.

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ROTC protest

ROTC protest

November 16, 1990 700 people march from Library Mall to the Capitol to protest the buildup of US troops in the Middle East.
December 20, 1990

A cemetery is erected in front of Bascom Hall commemorating the loss of life during the US intervention in Panama a year earlier.

Bascom Hill cemetery

Bascom Hill cemetery

January 15, 1991

An estimated 2,000 people rally against the Gulf War, including an attempt to disrupt the UW-Iowa basketball game at the Field House.

On February 13, students rally to demand a teach-in about the war.

Anti-Gulf War protest

Anti-Gulf War protest

June, 1991

Members of gay rights organization ACT-UP! Madison protest the child of an HIV positive mother being denied daycare services.

Protest by ACT UP! members

Protest by ACT UP! members (Dan Savage on right)

August, 1991

PBS pulls distribution of the controversial documentary “Stop the Church”, a film covering the 1989. 5,000-strong protest of ACT-UP! outside of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York.

Though the film still airs in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and Denver, the campus affiliate decides not to air the documentary, sparking protests in Madison.

Stop the Church film protest

Stop the Church film protest

October 5, 1991 Students participate in a large rally for gay rights.
April 25, 1992 As part of the Midwest Regional Protest Against Vivisection, students protest the use of primates in experiments on the Madison campus.
May 2, 1992 Students participate in a 2000 person march from Library Mall to the City-County Building to protest the acquittal of LAPD officers accused of beating Rodney King.
September, 1992

The firing of a lesbian employee from the University Bookstore sparks protest.

Employee firing protest

Employee firing protest

October 12, 1992

Native American and Chicano students protest the 500th anniversary of Columbus landing in the Americas.

Columbus anniversary protest

Columbus anniversary protest

Columbus anniversary protest

Columbus anniversary protest

January 20, 1993

Students take part in pro- and anti-abortion events on the 20th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Roe v. Wade rally

Roe v. Wade rally

February 8-12, 1999 40 students occupy Bascom Hall and stay until Chancellor David Ward signs an agreement pushing for stronger anti-sweatshop guidelines in the Collegiate Licensing Company code of conduct.
September 15, 1999

Students stage a walkout to protest tuition hikes.

Tuition increase protest

Tuition increase protest

September 30, 1999 Ward Connerly‘s talk on affirmative action leads to protests before and after the speech.
November 9, 1999

The United States Supreme Court begins to hear the case of Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System v. Southworth, et. al.

The case involved students objecting to the use of segregated fees to support causes they did not approve of. The Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of the Board of Regents on March 22, 2000.