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Students Join Occupy Movement

Posted originally at OccupyBoston.

A nation-wide student walk-out is planned for today, Oct. 5, at noon. From New York to Los Angeles, students will march in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement.

In Boston, students from universities and colleges across the city will join together in solidarity with Occupy Boston and take part in the walk-out. Boston University, Boston College, Northeastern, Tufts, Brandeis and others including Harvard, MIT, UMass Boston, Berklee, Simmons, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, will leave class and march with us. They have organized on the site studentsoccupyboston.com, which states its goal is to “to act as a central communication point for organizing Boston area college students to help Occupy Boston,” and on Twitter, at @studentsoccupy.

On Facebook, students are circulating an invitation to their friends, which includes the following description of Occupy Boston:

“What I can tell you is that attending an #OccupyBoston event is the only way you will ever have a shot at understanding what the movement is really about. I can tell you that the individuals involved with #OccupyBoston and #OccupyWallStreet are unbelievably passionate, organized, determined people of every age, race, ethnicity, nationality, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, class, and spiritual affiliation who are working unwaveringly in the spirit of democracy. I can tell you that members of the #Occupy movement’s General Assemblies are effectively drawing the nation’s attention to a number of alarming economic, political, and social issues that negatively impact each and every one of us. Finally, I can assure you that this movement will be what its participants make of it, and for that reason, I implore you to visit Dewey Square for a General Assembly and to have a say in what #OccupyBoston becomes. I cannot contain my excitement when I think of the potential a movement like this has to change the United States and the world for the better, and I know that the participation and support of every single student and recent graduate in the Greater Boston area will help it achieve its incredible promise.”

We are so proud of our students. Boston is America’s college town— meaning one third of people who live in the greater Boston area are under 30, and 60% of those are students.

For more information on how your school can get involved, please email studentsoccupyboston@gmail.com or follow on Twitter @studentsoccupy

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