Occupy movement plans national college walkout at noon today

Posted by thetuftsdaily on October 5, 2011 under Cities | Be the First to Comment

Update: Contrary to previously announced plans, the Tufts Occupy contingent did not participate in the college walkout at noon. Instead, members focused their efforts on tabling to recruit participants for Monday’s event, the Labor and Student Solidarity March. The plan is for students and labor unions to march in solidarity to Dewey Square, the center of the Occupy Boston movement. Organizers of the Tufts contingent are planning to meet at the Campus Center at 12:30 before heading downtown to join the march together.

According to the Occupy Boston Twitter feed, more than 100 Northeastern students participated in the walkout and blocked off Atlantic Avenue with a sit-in. The Boston Police Department was at the scene and reportedly issued threats to arrest. The standoff ended without major incident, however, as the students eventually got up and moved into Dewey Square to join the main Occupy Boston camp.

Original post: As the Occupy protests spread across the country including Boston, the affiliated “Occupy Colleges” contingent that seeks to mobilize students for the movement has called for a nationwide college student walkout at noon today.

Students all across the country plan to march in solidarity with the Occupy Movement, which is protesting economic and social inequality. According to the Occupy Boston website, students from many Boston-area schools, including Tufts, will be leaving class to join in the march.

Supporters of the movement from other schools like Boston University, Boston College, Northeastern University, Brandeis, Harvard, MIT, UMass Boston, Simmons College, Berklee and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts will also be participating.

The Colleges Occupy Boston movement is also planning a Labor and Student Solidarity March with labor unions on Monday (Columbus Day) at 1:30 p.m.

More information on Colleges Occupy Boston and their planned events can be found here and check out our earlier blog post featuring photos of the protests.

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