At the 5:00 p.m. rally, local spoken word and hip hop artist Guante will perform as well as other speakers and performers.
The march will then leave from People’s Plaza and march to nearby Wells Fargo and TCF Bank. It will be led by students and young people who have been working with OccupyMN and will highlight particular concerns students & youth have with the big banks: outrageous amounts of student debt, the disappearing right to an affordable education, and the corporatization of education.
According to Steph Taylor of Students for a Democratic Society at the U of M, “Today, students are facing sky-rocketing tuition and attending universities that are more corporation than school. Most of us can’t afford an education, and either don’t go to college, or go and graduate with a lifetime of debt. Either way, students and young people are entering an economy with soaring unemployment and many are struggling to survive. The big banks are rolling in profits while the rest of us get deeper in debt. We say, “make this economy work for us! Bail out students, not banks!”
The march is not just for students — students will be joined on the march by many other people who are also outraged at the growing inequality in our society, as banks and the super-rich make record profits while the rest of us fall further behind. The march will echo the general theme of the Occupy movement: people over profits.