Tomorrow, more than 1000 students from 17 Boston area colleges and universities are expected to march on behalf of Occupy Boston and local labor unions, according to the newly formed Colleges Occupy Boston group, an offshoot of the #Occupy Boston at Dewey Square group. The protest movement, which began in New York City, is now in day 23 and has spread to Boston and across the country.
“The students of Boston convened Thursday night to plan together and decide how to most effectively leverage their power and resources in solidarity with the Occupy Boston movement… the students solidified a plan to march on Monday October 10 at 1:30 pm from Boston Common” according to the release, which stated that about 10 Boston area schools were represented at the meeting.
It has been a very long time since Boston area college and university students have organized for large scale political and social actions such as this. If the student based movement takes off in Boston, it could be the largest student organized protest group since the Vietnam era in Boston.
As the student press release stated, “Historically, social movements have employed the energy, passion and vision of society’s disenfranchised youth. Students and young people today are an increasingly disappointed and discontent population of the 99% of the United States not served by the current economic system.”
The relase went on to note that students ” pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to an education industry that continues to mimic the irresponsible, unaccountable, and unethical financial practices of Wall Street.”
Additionally, it stated that ” University presidents make $500,000 or more for doing so, campus workers are paid poverty wages and students graduate with outrageous amounts of student debt, in a hostile economic climate, with few job opportunities” said one Northeastern U
The release sparked comments and debate on the website from both progressive and conservative activists. These are a few of the public comments posted to the Colleges Occupy Boston website:
- “Go to a state school or smaller less known school and get an education for $6k/year instead of NEU at $35k/year. It was you who 1)chose to go to college and 2)chose to go to a high end private college. There is nothing wrong with that, but it was a personal choice.”
- The obscene compensation paid to S&P 500 CEOs is no justification for any other overpriced compensation for those at the top of the food chain. Get a clue and keep your Republican logic to yourself.
- For many people, college is not only a degree, but building connections to gain better opportunities. These connections are endowed to the 1%, but the 99% needs create them. College does this. In fact, for many liberal arts degrees, the connections you make in your field are more important than the degree it’s self (sic)”
Participating schools decide may meet on campus before the march so that students can head over to Boston Common together. There is now a Facebook event for the Boston area student march for Occupy Boston.
In conclusion, the release said that “This generation now has the opportunity to stand together with students across the country to exercise their democratic rights, leverage their power as students and change the status quo….
With the world’s eyes upon them, the Occupy movement is challenging the existing economic and political system. Occupy Boston is the beginning of an ongoing discussion about the problems with America’s economic system and how it has damaged government and the fabric of society as a whole.”
- For more information about the Colleges Occupy Boston group, visit the groups’s website.
- To read more about #Occupy Boston or the Occupy movement, read these articles, below