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NYC Education Activists to Stage “Night of the Living Debt” Zombie Walk

 
 
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This Friday evening in Washington Square Park, education activists in New York will stage a “Night of the Living Debt,” a zombie-walk that symbolizes students’ rise from a “grave of debt.”  Activists will gather in solidarity with recent student movements all over the world -- particularly the student strike in Quebec -- to raise awareness of the devastating relationship between education and debt.

The action is a response to the outrageous tuition hikes in private and public education institutions that now burden millions of students with a national total of $1 trillion in student debt -- that's more than the nation's credit card debt.  In 2010, the average student graduated college with more than $25,000 in student loans.  And while colleges continue to raise tuition, the government makes it even harder for Americans to access affordable education.  Unless Congress takes action by July 1, the interest rates for the federal Stafford loan will double from 3.4% to 6.8%.

The action encourages all participants to come zombified:

"If they will not give us free education, we will be forced to eat brains!"

Find out more about the action on Facebook!

AlterNet / By Angela Lee

Posted at June 20, 2012, 11:23am