Our Week of Anger
March 21, 2011 Leave a comment
Student protests against tuition fees pushed the coalition government almost to breaking point in 2010. This week lecturers’ strikes in universities and colleges across the country can take the struggle for education forward – and on Saturday half a million people or more will take to the streets of London in protest against David Cameron’s cuts.
Thur 24 March & Tue 22 March – Support the UCU strikes, join the picket lines
Event on facebook http://on.fb.me/erJYZT
UCU members will be striking across the higher and further education sector this Thursday (and on Tuesday too in England’s pre-1992 universities). We need to unite in defence of jobs, pensions and education – that means these should be strike days for students too.
The strike wave got off to a brilliant start with action in Scotland on Thursday. After a strike rally in Edinburgh Uni students even occupied the university’s HR office. The national day of action on Thursday will come straight after budget day, and is the perfect opportunity to show the government that we are prepared to fight every step of the way.
Saturday 26 March – Education Activists on the mass demonstration
After making a big impact on our campuses on Thursday, let’s bring the spirit of the strike to the TUC’s mass demonstration on Saturday. There will be a feeder march for students and education workers assembling at ULU, and in the evening we will occupy Trafalgar Square in the style of Cairo’s Tahrir Square.
Education bloc and feeder march
Event on facebook: http://on.fb.me/gKjitB
After making a big impact on our campuses on Thursday, let’s bring the spirit of the strike to the TUC’s mass demonstration on Saturday.
There will be a feeder march for students and education workers assembling at ULU and marching via LSE and KCL to join the rest of the marchers at Embankment.
ULU, Malet St, from 10am to march off at 11:30am
LSE, Houghton St, 11-11:30am
KCL, The Strand, 11:30am
There will also be a big demo breakfast at ULU from 8am onwards.
Turn Trafalgar Square into Tahrir Square
Rally from 5:30pm – bring a tent and sleeping bag!
Event on facebook http://on.fb.me/h96aPG
All eyes are now upon the TUC demonstration on March 26th. Hundreds of thousands of trade unionists, pensioners, welfare recipients, disabled
people and students will be marching together against the ConDem cuts.
These cuts are not only about savaging our services. They are about transforming British society in the interests of the few – the rich and the powerful. Our message is simple: we the many will stand together to defeat these cuts.
Over the last few months, a new dawn of resistance has swept the globe with huge crowds occupying Tahrir square in Egypt and the State
Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin. This has inspired millions, as the same
shock doctrines and neo-liberal attacks threaten to devastate the
lives of ordinary people the world over. Here, our own government has
no mandate to cut and is also weak as its policy u turns have shown.
On March 26 we are inviting everyone to join us to stay in Trafalgar
square for 24 hours to discuss how we can beat this government and to
send a message across the globe that we stand with the people of Egypt, Libya, Wisconsin and with all those fighting for equality, freedom and justice. We want to turn Trafalgar square into a place of people’s power where we assert our alternative to cuts and austerity
and make it a day that this Government won’t forget.
John McDonnell MP
Jeremy Corbyn MP
Mark Bergfeld – Education Activist Network
Michael Chessum – National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts
Charlie Kimber – National Secretary Socialist Workers Party
Resist26 – Stay for 1 Day
Paul Brandon Chair Right to Work
Laurie Penny – Journalist
Ed McNally – School and FE Students Against Cuts
Professor Chris Knight – Battle for Britain
Jody McIntyre – Journalist
Lowkey – Rapper
NHS Direct Action
Barnaby Raine, School and FE Students against the Cuts
Tom Henry – Students Against Tuition Fees
Nina Power – Writer
Ashok Kumar – LSE Education Officer
James Haywood – Goldsmiths College President-elect
Clare Solomon – ULU President
Kanja Sesay – Black Students Officer NUS
Alan Bailey – LGBT Officer NUS (open-place)
Vicki Baars – LGBT Officer NUS (women’s place
Robyn Minogue – University of Arts London SU Education Officer
Louis Hartnoll – University of Arts London President
Sean Rillo Raczka – Chair of Birkbeck SU
Claire Locke – Campaigns Officer London Met SU
Prince Johnson – President Institute of Education
Nicole Lukas – London South Bank SU Education Officer-elect
Daniel Cooper – President-elect Royal Holloway SU
Nathan Bolton – Essex Uni SU Campaigns Officer
Chris Bambery – Secretary Right To Work