NEW YORK—The Occupy Wall Street noon march in downtown Manhattan on Wednesday was accompanied by student walkouts in colleges nationwide. Students at a total of 75 colleges committed to walk out to protest rising tuition costs and lack of access to the political process.
“Simply put, college students don’t have lobbyists! They have no real representation just like the rest of the 99 percent. If we could separate money and politics the way church and state should be separated, it would benefit college students along with everyone else. Money is access to politicians in the United States and college students are known not to have money. We have no access!” reads a statement on the group’s website.Media reported walkouts in Boston College, Northeastern University, and Brown College, among others. The number of students participating ranged from dozens to hundreds.
“We pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to an education industry that continues to mimic the irresponsible, unaccountable, and unethical financial practices of Wall Street,” reads a statement from a press release by a Northeastern student.