Stirrings of U.S. Student Debt Activism to Begin in April

The skeleton of a student movement forms as student debt clocks approach $900 billion.

Here’s the quick ‘n’ dirty:

(1) April 1, 2011 will be the “We Are Not Fools” day in which people can show solidarity against student debt and excessive tuition by either wearing red or by turning their Facebook profiles red. As I understand it, the goal was to have boots on the ground, but that didn’t materialize.


(2) On April 5, 2011, the Fight Back USA! national teach-in will occur in the Judson Memorial Church, New York City, 2:00-3:30 PM EDT. However, unlike the teach-ins of the 60s and 70s, it will be streamed live on the Internet for global participation. The topic is broader than student debt, but it will be discussed. The moderators will be democratic socialists Dr. Frances Fox Piven and Dr. Cornell West. I’m curious how the participants will characterize the student debt crisis and what they think can be done.


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