Class Walkout on UT campus
South Mall (Oct 05, 2011)
Students walked out of class Wednesday and protested with chants and signs as part of a demonstration organized by Occupy Austin, a movement that sprung up in response to Occupy Wall Street.
On campus, a group of students chanted in protest against “corporate greed” as well as in support of “money for jobs and education, not for war and occupation” through various cheers.
“This is our reality. We have to do something about it,” said protestor Diana Pate. “We do not need a leader to be part of something great.”
UT students joined more than 75 other colleges and universities also participating on Occupy College including Duke University, the University of California Los Angeles, and Rutgers University, amongst many others.
“Student participation is important for any genuine grass roots movement,” said Jonathan Cronin, student outreach chair for Occupy Austin. “History proves that progress begins with students who are not afraid to push the envelope.”
Students have also planned a walk-out today at 3 p.m. and will be joining the Occupy Austin demonstration in front of City Hall afterward. The protest will begin at 10 a.m. at the same time that the Austin City Council meeting will also take place.
Occupy Austin expects thousands of protestors to attend according to the amount of individuals who have “confirmed” that they are attending on their Facebook page.
During the protest, one student yelled, “Occupy Austin tomorrow,” promoting the demonstration at City Hall, to onlookers. Another student responded, “Not just tomorrow — everyday.”