The Student Debt Rally

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Forgive Student Loan Debt, the organization created by Robert Applebaum dedicated to the radical idea that the best way to stimulate the economy is to forgive all students loans, will host an event on the national mall as part of John Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity on October 30. According to Applebaum:

I’m now encouraging all supporters of this movement who plan on attending to use this enormous opportunity to be heard and be seen.

Although we’ve enjoyed a great deal of press attention during the past 20 months, our ability to branch out into bigger and better things has been hampered by our inability to raise the necessary funds to do much beyond letter writing campaigns and media blitzes. The “Rally to Restore Sanity,” however, presents us with a unique opportunity to join forces with like-minded individuals from all walks of life and make our voices heard on a topic that affects the lives of millions of educated, hard-working, tax-paying Americans.

As Applebaum explained, he always wanted to have a Washington meet-up for his group, but he could never find the funding to set up a meeting. So he’s decided to use Stewart’s.

Good luck with this. While Applebaum’s proposal is unusual—not to mention curiously similar to the public policy solution offered by the character Tyler Durden in the movie Fight Club—he is actually serious. It is therefore perhaps somewhat inappropriate to stage his real rally at the same time as John Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s entirely ironic rally the day before Halloween, but whatever. It’ll surely be interesting to see the Forgive Student Loan Debt people in action. Applebaum urges supporters to print out their own signs and T-shirts using his organization’s logo (above).

The debtors will meet on the south side of the Freer Gallery at 10:30 in the morning. [Image via]

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer