Ferguson Effect: UC to Join ‘Million Student March’

The student demonstrations that have thrown the University of Missouri and other campuses around the nation into chaos will sweep across California on Thursday as part of a national effort called the “Million Student March.”

Although preparations for the “march” have been under way for weeks already, the demonstrations are capitalizing on the sensational news from “Mizzou,” where both the president and chancellor of the University of Missouri system resigned earlier this week in the face of student complaints that they had not been responsive enough to the shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO last year, or to recent racial incidents on campus.

The Million Student March is backed by unions, left-wing groups and the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. It has three basic demands, according to its website: free tuition at public universities; forgiveness of all student loans; and a $15 minimum wage. However, many participants have already added expressions of solidarity to the protest, including support for the “#ConcernStudent1950” organization at Missouri, and support for the Palestinian cause.

New York City Students for Justice in Palestine, for example, posted its own version of the Million Student March manifesto on Facebook that targeted “Zionists” in the City University of New York administration:

The Zionist administration invests in Israeli companies, companies that support the Israeli occupation, hosts birthright programs and study abroad programs in occupied Palestine, and reproduces settler-colonial ideology throughout CUNY through Zionist content of education. While CUNY aims to produce the next generation of professional Zionists, SJP aims to change the university to fight for all peoples liberation.

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