By Leah Greenblatt
October 13, 2012 at 01:48 PM EDT

Humans and little felt animals alike will descend on Washington D.C.’s National Mall on Nov. 3 to defend PBS, longtime home to Sesame Street’s beloved denizens and current target of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s proposed budget cuts.

The Million Muppet March was founded by Michael Bellavia, 43, an L.A. animation executive, and Chris Mecham, 46, a university student in Idaho, who each came up with the  idea separately. According to Reuters, Bellavia bought the url during the debate, following Romney’s comments that he would stop the government subsidy to PBS, and discovered that Mecham had already started a Facebook page by the same name.

The page, which states, “We are Muppets and Muppet Sympathizers committed to keeping full employment for all Muppets through support of public funding for public broadcasting. Join us on the National Mall on November 3rd, 2012. Puppet Power!” currently has some 11,000 likes.

Puppet Power!