From the Organizers:
We are high school, college, and graduate students, recent graduates, campus workers, former students, parents, and grandparents uniting in a day of action on November 12, 2015 to demand tuition-free public college, cancellation of all student debt, and a $15 minimum wage for all campus workers.
Education should be free. The United States is the richest country in the world, yet students have to take on crippling debt in order to get a college education. The average college graduate of the Class of 2015 has over $35,000 in debt. More than 40 million Americans share a total of $1.2 trillion in student debt and 58 percent of that is held by the poorest 25 percent of Americans.
This is clearly an urgent crisis, but establishment politicians from both parties are failing to take action. In 2013, Congress passed legislation that doubled the interest rates for federal student loans. Students face rising tuition costs, mounting debt, and a lack of good-paying jobs when they graduate. Further, while top administrators take home six and seven figure salaries, many campus workers are paid poverty wages and are forced to rely on federal and local assistance.
#MillionStudentMarch will be a day of local actions. From coast to coast, students, current and former, are organizing rallies and marches on college campuses and high schools. We are people of all colors, genders, and sexual orientation, and we are united to fight for education as a human right. Together, we can build an independent movement capable of winning tuition-free public college, a cancellation of all student debt, and a $15/hr minimum wage for all campus workers!