For 19 days now, the group “Occupy Wall Street” has gathered in Manhattan’s Financial District to protest corporate greed and corruption. It calls itself a leaderless resistance movement that was modeled after the Tahrir Square protests in Egypt and is gaining numbers through social media.
On Wednesday, college students were encouraged to join.
The group Occupy Colleges was asking students to walk out of their classes at noon to protest on campus or join a local movement such as Occupy Wall Street or Occupy LA.
“Do not go to school,” the group’s Facebook page states. “Go fight for yours and everybody else's rights.”
So far students at more than 75 schools have agreed to participate, according to the group’s Web site. The list is composed largely of New York schools, large state schools across the country and several community colleges.
To see what happens, you can follow the organizing group on Twitter, @OccupyColleges, or the hashtag #OccupyColleges. I also recommend following @StudentActivism, an account run by Angus Johnston, a historian who studies student activism and student government.
Are students walking out of class on your campus? Tell me on Twitter, @wpjenna.