The weekly banging of pots and pans will come to an end this Wednesday as the Student Debt Noise Brigade has announced its final march on Capitol Hill.
In a Sunday update to the effort’s Facebook page, organizers said dwindling participation means this Wednesday’s march will likely be its last:
It is with great sadness that the organizers of the weekly Capitol Hill #SDNB march would like to inform you that this coming Wednesday will (in all likelihood) be our last march.
Despite a continuing increase in the levels of community support we’ve received along the route, the number of people participating has also been steadily dwindling over the past few weeks. While this is undoubtedly a shame, the organizers no longer feel the attendance is sufficient to support a weekly march.Although the Capitol Hill march is drawing to close, we’d also like to take this opportunity to remind you that the weekly march of our sister chapter in the U-District has started. Please see the link to this event for more details on how you can attend the Wednesday march in that area:https://www.facebook.com/events/337388803020971/
Regardless, we hope you’ll continue to work and find other ways to raise awareness around this issue so critical all our lives and our future.
We want to sincerely thank those of you that have come out to march with us, whether it be be once, or once a week. Make some noise.
See you next Wednesday,
The marches began early this summer as #miccheckwallst participants set out to make a regular protest against what they say are crippling levels of student debt forced on students. The weekly marches have been peaceful if not noisy but a June run-in with police on Broadway was one of the last incidents where East Precinct responded in force to marching protesters. That action came just days before the E Madison pepper spray incident. In the weeks since, police have responded to the group and similar activities with softer tactics. Meanwhile, the group organizing the debt march secured a permit for the weekly march also paving the way for a more peaceful, regular event.
The weekly protest has started each week at Seattle Central before winding its way through the Hill and back to Cal Anderson Park.
Here’s Wednesday’s final march schedule:
• 6pm – Rally and SpeaK-Out. Come share your story, say a few words about student debt, or just show your support.
• 7pm – March.
• ~8pm – Picnic in Cal Anderson park. Please join us by the fountain for a picnic.