Feeding the Movement
A simple, if banal, part of protest organizing is making sure protesters have food and water. In order for people to continuously occupy the Capitol and spend long hours protesting, they needed to eat. Free food stations were quickly established outside the building, and info desks around the rotunda became pantries stocked with fruit and freshly made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
As the protests gained international media attention, Ian’s Pizza, a restaurant near the Capitol Square, became a primary way for people to demonstrate solidarity with the movement by ordering pizza for the protesters. Lots and lot of pizza. Orders came in from all fifty states and nearly sixty countries.
This exhibit offers a glimpse of the food, people, and organizations that sustained the Wisconsin protesters. What emerges is a portrait of the way the shared experience of food can be a profound and simple means of connection.