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Keep Corbyn, fight austerity

The recent revolt of the 172 right-wing Labour MPs, and now the launch of a leadership challenge by Angela Eagle, represents an organised attempted coup against Jeremy Corbyn. This is no accident. For the majority of Labour MPs who are wholly committed to acting in the interests of big business, the anti-austerity and socialist ideas which won Jeremy Corbyn mass support and propelled him to the leadership represent a dangerous threat to the establishment. Ever since Corbyn’s election, the majority of the Labour Party’s Parliamentary machine has made it their mission to undermine Jeremy in order to recapture the Labour party for the interests of big business and capitalism.
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After NUS conference: Fight disaffiliation, defend Malia Bouattia, build for mass action in the autumn

by Claire Laker-Mansfield, Socialist Students National Organiser
This year’s National Union of Students (NUS) conference took place amid a growing mood of anger at austerity in education, and renewed eagerness to fight back. This mood was reflected in the conference, particularly in the outcome of the leadership elections and with some of the motions passed. » Read more..

Urgent: Solidarity needed with South African students

The enormous #feesmustfall movement that swept South Africa in the autumn has inspired students around the world and was able to score a substantial victory against the ANC government. Below is a letter written by student socialists in South Africa, describing the #outsourcingmustfall campaign which has developed out of this. The letter is a request for solidarity from students there, and for assistance with the setting up of the new Socialist Youth Movement in South Africa. We are asking Socialist Students societies to urgently raise this issue in students unions and to do all they can to help provide this much needed assistance.

This call is given added urgency by the shocking news of the abduction of an #outsourcingmustfall activist. For details of how to arrange any donations from students unions or societies please fill in a ‘join’ form on this site, leaving contact details, and a comment explaining that you wish to support this solidarity appeal. We will then get in touch directly.

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Fight the cuts at Birmingham University

by Birmingham Socialist Students

On Wednesday the 16th of March, the second consultation about the restructuring of the Birmingham Modern Languages department took place.
The first consultation meeting attracted only a handful of students after they were given just 24 hours notice from the University. Yet on the back of a one-thousand-strong petition in support of an open letter from a Languages student, this meeting filled an entire lecture room with students demanding clear answers. » Read more..

Education Fighback: Day of Action, Friday, 26 Feb

Our right to education is under attack. The government’s plans – for universities, schools and colleges – have to be fought. That’s why Socialist Students has taken the initiative of launching Education Fightback, with a day of action taking place on 26 February. Join us and get involved.

In universities the government’s HE ‘Green paper’ threatens:

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Socialist Students Conference a huge success

Embracing socialist ideas in the age of austerity

Claire Laker-Mansfield, National organiser Socialist Students

Socialist Students met for an enthusing national conference. Around 100 students packed out the venue, with virtually every seat taken. The day’s discussions showed a flourishing organisation, confident in socialist ideas and leading in the fight to defend education.

In the main, delegates were university students. But this year, for the first time, a large group of school and college students attended.

Throughout the day’s discussions tremendous enthusiasm for socialist ideas shone through. There was a sense that these ideas are resurgent – as international developments like the campaign to elect “democratic socialist” Bernie Sanders in the US attest. » Read more..

Come to Socialist Students National Conference

 Socialist Students national conference

The Socialist Students national conference will be taking place on Saturday 13 February and will be hosted by Coventry Socialist Students in the following venue: Coventry SQ Club, Ringway Whitefriars, Coventry, CV1 2DT. The venue is a short walk from Coventry Railway station  This is an important political event for student activists, and is a crucial opportunity for Socialist Students nationally to meet and set a way forward for our work in the year ahead.

Agenda

The agenda for the conference is below. 

 9.30am – 10.30am Registration

10.30am – 12.30pm Building the student movement in the age of austerity

12.30pm – 1.45pm Lunch break There will also be a 30 minute discussion on building Socialist Students in schools and colleges (to be attended mainly by current school/college students) during this break

1.45pm – 3.30pm Debate/ forum: Corbyn, Labour, and the struggle for political representation for workers and youth

3.30pm – 3.45pm Break

3.45pm – 5.15pm Motions Debate a chance to discuss and decide on the political direction of Socialist Students for the next year

5.15pm – 5.30pm Elections for the Socialist Students Steering Committee

5.30pm-6.00pm The struggle is international Greetings/skype link with student activists involved in the fightback around the world   Breaks will also take place where required within sessions  

Travel arrangements

Coventry Socialist Students have provided some helpful advice for you when you are planning your travel for the day:

  • The venue is based in Coventry City centre – less than 5 mins walk from either the train or bus station.
  • Coventry train station is 20-30 min train ride from Birmingham New st, with trains every 15-20 mins from 5am to midnight
  • National Express goes to Coventry bus station – Pool Meadow
  • Megabus to Coventry actually goes to Warwick university/Cannon park – which is on the outskirts of Coventry and a 25-30 mins bus ride away (though only less than 10 mins lift in car if needed)
  • However the best Megabus destination (practically every Megabus route goes via here) is Birmingham airport from where you can get a train from Birmingham International  station to Coventry - which takes around 10 mins with one every 15. Again these run from 5am – midnight.
  • If you require a lift to the venue from one of the Coventry based stations this is possible for those who really need it.

Social Coventry Socialist Students invite everyone to join them for a drink in the Centre after the conference.

Accommodation There is a limited amount of accommodation available for those who need to stay in Coventry on either Friday or Saturday night. Please let us know if you need this as soon as possible (the sooner the better) or by 5 February at the very latest.

Delegations

Every society is entitled to send up to ten elected delegates to the conference. There will also be space for visitors if there are more people interested in attending. Please submit lists of delegates once agreed or by Wednesday 10 February at the very latest.

Timetable for motions and proposals

Any Socialist Students society is entitled to submit a motion or proposal for discussion at the conference, provided it is agreed on democratically by the group.  The motions should be submitted via email. The deadline for motions submissions has been extended to Monday 8 February at 9am. The deadline for amendments is now Thursday 12 February.  

Timetable for elections

At last year’s conference we elected a steering committee of 8 people. People who want to stand for next year’s committee will need to put themselves forward via email by Monday 8 February.  

 

Pooled fare

In order to make the cost of travel fairer for people who will have to come a long way to attend the conference, we will be operating a pooled fare. This means that the average travel cost for everyone attending is calculated and those with lower than average travel expenses will be asked to contribute the difference, while those with above average costs will be entitled to draw money out of the pool. This way everyone should pay the same amount to get to the conference. I’d ask you to please start looking into cheap transport options  as soon as possible as this brings down the cost for everyone.

Stop bombing Syria

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Student day of action 9 Dec: See here for details of local events
National demonstration: Sat, 12 Dec, Central London

The bombing in Syria has begun. Across Britain, millions of people have been sickened by the rush to war. Lots of us are especially angry at Labour MPs who spoke in favour of dropping bombs and against their leader, Jeremy Corbyn. This military action will lead to the deaths of many innocent men, women and children. Even more will also be forced to flee the region, worsening the refugee crisis.
More bombs won’t stop ISIS. In fact British intervention in the Middle East – including the recent wars in Iraq, Libya, and Afghanistan – has played a part in sowing the seeds of the deadly chaos engulfing Syria and the rise of ISIS. This war is really about the Tories’ wish to maintain Britain’s ‘prestige’ as a world power. It will also be a bonanza for the big business arms companies, whose profits have already increased as a result of the vote in Parliament. » Read more..

Fight for education: day of action – 25 November

As Osborne announces a new round of savage cuts in his autumn statement, join Socialist Students for protests around the country to defend education.

We say:

  • Abolish fees – tax the rich to fund free education
  • Stop all cuts, privatisation and marketisation- Fight the HE green paper and kick big business out
  • Living grants for all college and university students
  • Make our campuses zero-hour contract free zones – all workers deserve secure jobs paid a minimum wage of at least £10 an hour
  • Cap and slash rents, university accommodation must be afoordable for all
  • For education that is fully funded, publicly owned, democratically run and universally free at all levels – a socialist education system
  • A socialist society for the 99% free from all exploitation, war and oppression

List of protests (more to follow):

London
Protest outside Downing St
1 pm
Contact: Helen 07540189052

Liverpool
Campaign stall
12-2pm
At the back of the student guild
Contact: Hugh 07769 611320

Huddersfield
Free Education Demo
12.15pm in UTC
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/180366445642158/

Leeds
Momentum protest
5pm at Victoria Gardens
LS2 3AD

Coventry
Protest 5:00pm
Broadgate
CV1 1NF
Contact: Lenny 07530 429441

Warwick
Protest 1pm
The Piazza
CV4 7AL
Contact: Lenny 07530 429441

Cardiff
5.30 PM
Nye Bevan Statue
Queen St

Socialist Students joins free education demo

by Jonny Dickens, Goldsmiths Socialist Students

Just two days after the ‘Free Education’ student demonstration on 4 November took place in central London, the government planned more devastating attacks on Higher Education which were outlined in a widely criticised ‘green paper’. Perhaps the most significant change is the plan to remove the £9,000 tuition fee cap for top universities.
Of course this is damaging for students who will likely already struggle to pay the current debt for university, but it also means that higher education is at risk of being split up into a two-tier system. » Read more..