This protest is one of many planned rallies throughout the state, and a number of different groups will be involved.
“Even though the students are not involved in Occupy, the movement has created that space that it’s okay to stand up for themselves,” said senior Ana Maria Reichenbach, a founding member of Occupy UNC. “The Occupy movement has helped people realize that something needs to be done.”
She said the tuition hike protest is a student-led, statewide effort and Occupy movements will be speaking at the rally in solidarity with the cause.
Other organizations include the Campus Y, Students for a Democratic Society and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
“There are a lot of organizations involved. It’s a coalition of groups,” said Bryan Perlmutter, an N.C. State University junior, member of Occupy NCSU and protestor.
Reichenbach said N.C. Defend Education put together the rally in an effort to organize students across the state.
“Students do not have a vote on the Board of Governors,” said junior Zaina Alsous, a protester. “We hope we can demonstrate to the public that students are engaged in the process.”
Davis said if the hikes are approved, diversity among students will be lost socioeconomically and racially.
“We’ll become another Duke, and we don’t want that,” she said.
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