U.S. students hit the streets Thursday as part of a national day of action to protest against college debt and push for tuition-free public college.
Protesters with the nationwide "Million Student March" also rallied in support of a $15 minimum wage for campus workers. More than 100 events were planned at U.S. college campuses.
"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," campaign organizers wrote on the Million Student March's website.
"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 statement added. "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."
The student demonstrations, including at least one local event at DePaul University, followed Tuesday's nationwide Fight for $15 protests staged by fast food and other low-wage workers calling for a $15 minimum wage and union recognition.