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Occupy Boston Gains Student Solidarity
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. In the same process that Occupy Boston has utilized, a General Assembly where all decisions are made collectively, the students solidified a plan to march on Monday October 10 at 1:30 pm from Boston Common. About 10 area schools were represented and the group hashed out how systems of communication will function within the group and between campuses. At the Monday march, over 1000 students are expected from 17 area colleges and universities.
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. “We pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to an education industry that continues to mimic the irresponsible, unaccountable, and unethical financial practices of Wall Street. 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 University student.
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.
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