Occupy Wall Street's National Day of Action to Defend Education

Today student Occupy Wall Streeters are taking to the streets in New York City and around the country for a National Day of Action to Defend Education.

According to a news release from this morning, the plan in New York was to meet near NYU at noon. Then:

Students will then march to the Department of Education (52 Chambers Street), where they rally at 2 p.m. with students from the City University of New York, other area universities, and local high schools.  Following the rally, thousands will march en masse across the Brooklyn Bridge to Ft. Greene Park, where they will hold an open-air assembly on education outside Mayor Bloomberg’s Panel on Educational Policy hearings.

“We refuse to pay for the crisis created by the 1%,” insist the student authors of the March 1st declaration (co-signed by 68 organizations nationwide). “We refuse to accept the dismantling of our schools and universities, while the banks and corporations make record profits. We refuse to accept educational re-segregation, massive tuition increases, outrageous student debt, and increasing privatization and corporatization.”

Below are some tweets and photos from Citizen Radio's Allison Kilkenny, who is covering the protest today. Follow the #m1 hashtag on Twitter for more news from the action.

Protesters outside Bobst library, demanding union rights for ... on Twitpic

More students gathering for #m1. #ows on Twitpic

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at March 1, 2012, 7:06am

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