Student Strike, National Coordination
November 26, 2010 8 Comments
Since the last update the occupations at Cardiff and Birmingham have ended, but a new occupation has begun in Cambridge and attempts to shut the SOAS occupation down have failed. We are now getting reports that occupiers have won serious concessions from management at London South Bank – more soon.
Meanwhile momentum is growing for Day X2: a student strike this Tuesday. Parliament will be debating a motion on university tuition fees, and already a new wave of walkouts and town hall protests is being planned. This makes the national coordination meeting on Sunday more important than ever.
National Student Coordination
12-5pm Birkbeck College, Central London. Initiated by Education Activist Network, supported by ULU student assembly and NCAFC
We’ve been in occupation since Wednesday following a rally of 200 staff and students on campus. On Friday we’ve called a demo outside a meeting where the VC is to make an anouncement about cuts at our Uni. I’ll be at the meeting on Sunday along with other delegates from our occupation to link up with people who are occupying in other cities and coordinate our strategy.
– Rhys, UEL occupier
I’m a student at Newcastle Uni, where around 70 of us are in occupation in protest against the ConDem government’s plans for higher education. We will fight this government of millionaires and we will fight to win. We stand in solidarity with all other students in occupation around the country and we stand in solidarity with workers, pensioners, the unemployed and all those who will affected by these unnecessary and ideological cuts. Now we need to organise together, to put up united resistance. I hope to see you on Sunday!
– Jonny, Newcastle occupier
We have been coordinating our actions with other groups in occupation around the country. This occupation is now an indefinite arrangement, with a delegation to be sent down to London on Sunday for the National Coordination Meeting. We’re looking ahead to the national day of protest on Tuesday and call on all students, both at university and college, to come out again to show support for the movement and to stand strong in the face of the coalition government. Through unity we believe we can achieve our aims.
– from the Manchester Occupation press release
On Day X this country saw the beginning of a new era for the student movement. Not only did tens of thousands of university students walk out in protest over the coalition’s attack on our education, but they were joined by thousands more high school students and college across the country. A mass mobilisation of young people has not been seen on this scale for years, and the whole country has been taken aback by the actions of a previously dormant layer of society.
“Out of the classroom and onto the streets” was the motto of the day at my college in Bury where two colleges came together and 1200 students marched on the town hall. For many people at our protest, it was their first demonstration and this was mirrored across the country, as students, furious with the lies of Nick Clegg and the attempts by the tories to decimate our education, took to the streets to show their fury. However after reviewing the news reports, looking through the facebook photos and generally congratulating ourselves on a hugely successful day of action, the most important task is yet to come.
We must ask ourselves how we can translate the experiences of yesterday into a long term plan of action, we need to not only engage with those who joined us walking out on the 24th, but appeal to a broader set of students who perhaps didn’t have the confidence to demonstrate yesterday. In short we need to ask the question – “Where next?”
The Education Activist Network is building towards national coordination in the student movement, the start of which we saw yesterday. It is imperative that the college students and the school students, who walked out on the 24th, are involved in the process of expanding our networks and sharing experiences and ideas, which can help bring the student movement together and crucially move it forward.
The Education Activist Network is holding a day of National Student Coordination on 28th November, and extends an open invitation to all universities, colleges and high schools that walked out across the country to send delegates to share our experiences and discuss the vital question “Where next for the student movement?”
– Samir Hinks, Bury College student
Day X2 – Tuesday 30th November
Event for school/college students http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=105164966221772
Event for uni students http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=177013698977580