by P.D. Lesko
After successful October 13th Student Solidarity Protests around the country, Occupy Colleges plans nationwide Teach-ins at colleges and universities.
For two days beginning November 2, 2011, Occupy Colleges, a grassroots organization bringing awareness to the Occupy Wall Street movement within the college sphere, will organize a National Solidarity Teach-In for colleges and universities across the country. The Teach-ins will serve to open and continue dialogue around the Occupy Wall Street movement. They are primarily a means to bring together students in an environment where experts in various fields can liberally address questions or concerns.
Teach-ins will be organized by students on campus. They will take place in a central and easily accessible place for students, local communities and the media. Participants will be comprised of experts in their fields (professors in anthropology, political science, history, economics, etc) and fellow students. Stay tuned for information about other participating speakers. Topics will range by school, but will include poignant discussions on how Occupy Wall Street movement may affect future elections, historical perspectives on past Occupy Wall Street-like movements, what led to the Occupy Wall Street movement and what is next. Teach-ins are meant to be participatory and oriented toward action. The purpose is to create an open discussion with professors and students with no defined ending time, so that everyone has an opportunity to speak and contribute to the discussion.
Occupy Colleges’ goal is to bring much needed attention to the Occupy Wall Street Movement at a time when more and more high school students are foregoing a college education because their families can no longer afford it, while others are graduating with inconceivable amounts of debt and stepping into the worse job market in decades. Occupy Colleges represents students who share these fears and support Occupy Wall Street. It is not for profit and works in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street. Its objective is to promote the Occupy Wall Street movement and provide a unifying forum and means of support for students nationwide.
As of October 25, 2011, 20 campuses had scheduled events, including San Francisco State University, University of Illinois at Chicago and Penn State University.