chemical war

50th Anniversary of the First Dow Protest

Starting on February 21, 1967, the SDS (Students for a Democratic Society) led a series of protests against recruiting on campus by the Dow Chemical Company, makers of napalm. 

On February 22, some students occupied the offices of administrators in Bascom Hall and some protested against Dow recruiters at several buildings. Nineteen people were arrested on campus and charged with disorderly conduct.  UW Chancellor Robin Fleming personally provided bail for 11 of the protesters.  

Protesters outside Bascom Hall, February 22, 1967

Around 800 anti-protest students-We Want No Berkeley Here-attended a meeting with Chancellor Fleming on February 24, but protests continued into March, and a much larger protest against Dow in October of 1967 would turn violent.

Chancellor Fleming with students against the Dow protests, Image# S17028

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For more information about UW campus history, contact uwarchiv@library.wisc.edu or visit library.wisc.edu/archives. On, Wisconsin!

Monday 8:27am
I woke up with you on my mind.
You called me babe last night —
my heart is still pounding.

Tuesday 10:53pm
Today I realized we won’t work.
What we are is hurting her.
And I think she matters more to me than you do.

Wednesday 11:52pm
I broke things off with you today.
She barely said a word.
I’ve never regretted anything more than this.

Thursday 4:03pm
I shouldn’t have sent that message.
You shouldn’t have been so okay with receiving it.

Friday 9:57pm
I almost messaged you today.
I didn’t.

Saturday 8:49pm
I’m walking around town in search of alcohol.
They say that liquor numbs the pain of having a broken heart.
I want to put that to the test.

Sunday 2:32am
I heard you texted a girl you’ve never spoken to before.
I wonder if it’s because you’re trying to replace me.
I can’t help but wish you weren’t.
I thought I was irreplaceable.

—  a week with you on my mind, c.j.n.
Move on, leave, run away, escape this place… but don’t forget about me, about us, about this town. Always remember where you come from so you can appreciate how far you’ve come.
—  c.j.n.