Ann Arbors Booksweet is working with local student representatives for the Saturday event

ANN ARBOR – Booksweet on Ann Arbor’s Northside is hosting an event with student-led advocacy group Rise on Saturday from 8pm to 9pm.

The national movement aims to restore funding to public colleges and universities to make education accessible and affordable for all.

According to Rise, tuition fees have increased more than 3,000% over the past 50 years, putting millions of students in debt or unable to attend a college or university because of the cost. Here in Michigan, Rise has helped adults 25 and over complete two years of free community college through the Michigan Reconnect program. Current efforts are aimed at expanding free education to everyone in Michigan, according to a press release.

The free event is aimed at young people and adults.

The event offers:

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  • Washtenaw Community College Rise Fellows Latitude Brown and Judah Orli

  • Storytelling by Nia Turner, Washtenaw Community College student and Rise Fellow

  • A group letter writing campaign to make a difference in Michigan

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, proof of vaccination is required for entry and the wearing of masks is required at all times regardless of vaccination status.

Tickets are limited and RSVPs are required.

In addition to the event, 10% of all books purchased from Booksweets Access + Higher Ed Reading List will be donated to Rise.

Booksweet is located at 1729 Plymouth Road in the Farm Shop.

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