CITY HALL — Piggybacking on the “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” that Comedy Central hosts Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are holding this Saturday in Washington, D.C., a group of local high school students is planning to do some rallying of its own, all without leaving town.

In a scaled-down attempt to “bring sanity back to political discourse,” the Crossroads Political Union is planning to gather on campus this Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. for a day of activities aimed at promoting political engagement.

Speakers at the event will include former state senator Tom Hayden and filmmaker Davis Guggenheim, who directed “An Inconvenient Truth” and the education documentary “Waiting for Superman.”

There will also be food trucks on hand, campaign booths and a musical performance by the Jane Carrey Band. In between acts, a live Internet stream of the D.C. rally will be shown on a projection screen.

Emma Cohen, president of the Political Union, said it’s a non-partisan event aimed at encouraging students to be politically engaged.

“We’re not trying to push a political agenda, we just want it to be about being informed about the issues,” she said. “We thought it was a great premise for an event and it was something that we could really relate to as students.”

nickt@smdp.com

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