World Socialist Web Site. Occupy Colleges Announces Second Day of Action. Share Last week, a campus walkout in support of Occupy Wall Street, initially called for just New York City high schools and colleges, spread in a matter of days to dozens of schools coast to coast.
(Thank you Facebook and Twitter!) As reported by the Student Activism blog, the actions on October 5 drew numbers ranging from hundreds to, on at least five campuses, individual students, starting from scratch and organizing on their own. In total, students from at least 100 college campuses around the country walked out of class in a show of solidarity and support for the Occupy Wall Street movement. Students are angry about the debt that many of them must obtain to go to college and the fact that they are graduating into the worst job market since the Great Depression. This week will see the second national student action in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street. Find an event here and check back regularly; updates are being made many times each day. Sign Language from socially_awkwrd on Vimeo. Occupy Colleges. Easton-ma.patch. The Occupy Wall Street movement has spread to Stonehill's campus A movement that began a few weeks ago on New York's Wall Street as a way to draw attention to what protesters are calling corporate greed and the gap of wealth in the United States has spread quickly to cities across the country, including Boston.
Now, the movement has spread beyond the cities' borders to college campuses like Easton's . Thursday afternoon, a group of students held a demonstration that they called "Occupy Stonehill. " "We want to be in solidaridy with Occupy Wall Street and their message," said Sarah Lafleur, a senior sociology major from Maine who helped organize the demonstration. "It's great to see students out here. " Lafleur said the idea came up during a teach-in about the movement this week. Lafleur said the movement has many complicated goals. "Some people have trouble understanding what the specific goals are," she said. She hopes the movement will continue. "It's been a group effort," she said. Occupy Colleges Movement Sparks Protests on 150 Campuses - Education.
In one of the most widespread campus protests in recent memory, students at 150 colleges and universities across the country rallied in front of student unions and administration buildings Thursday as part of the Occupy Colleges movement.
The demonstrations were inspired by and supportive of the ongoing Occupy Wall Street protests, but students are also speaking out against the high cost of college and the lack of opportunities for graduates. "Around the country, more and more high school students are foregoing a college education because their families can no longer afford it," Occupy Colleges organizers wrote on the group's Facebook page.
"So many more are graduating with inconceivable amounts of debt and stepping into the worst job market in decades. They take unpaid internships that go nowhere and soon can’t pay college loans. " In response, students at 150 colleges registered on the Occupy Colleges website indicating that protests would take place on their campus. Photo via OccupySMC. Social media fuels Occupy Colleges movement. Walkouts, sit-ins organized primarily through popular social networking platforms as students join anti-Wall Street protests By Dennis Carter, Assistant Editor Read more by Denny Carter More than 5,000 students participated in walkouts Oct. 5.
Within a week of launching Occupy Colleges, a group in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street protests, more than 100 U.S. campuses had offshoots of the national movement. That would have been impossible, organizers said, without Facebook and Twitter. Facebook groups and Twitter accounts have cropped up across higher education since the beginning of October, when Occupy Colleges launched its website and invited schools of every size to join the burgeoning protests against corporate excesses, including rising tuition and growing student loan debt that leaves many graduates with hefty monthly payments in a stagnant job market.
“The beauty of this movement is the convergence of social media and face-to-face interaction,” Abrams said. Views: Why Occupy Colleges? At noon Wednesday, thousands of college students from at least 75 colleges walked out of class as part of Occupy Colleges, which is the collegiate version of Occupy Wall Street. Students are angry and they want to show their support for the 99 percent of American citizens whom they feel are being ignored by our political leaders and fleeced by Wall Street. Given the Arab Spring and the unrest caused by the youth in these countries, is it surprising that America could be on the brink of a College Fall?
They are angry about the debt that many of them must obtain to go to college and that their employment opportunities look vastly different from the way they did in the fall of 2007. They are stunned by the lack of economic progress over the last three years. Certainly a freshman in the fall of 2008, when Lehman Brothers failed, thought that things would be fixed by the time he graduated from college. In 2009, the average college debt for a graduating senior with debt was $24,000.