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London Met Occupies!

5 May

On May 4th, 2011 with 70% cuts London Met students occupied the Graduate centre on Holloway road. They are calling for national demonstration to support them.

Statement

A certain area of the Tower Building in Holloway Road is being currently occupied by students in protest against Vice- Chancellor Malcolm Gillies’ decision to axe 70% of courses- including Performing Arts, Philosophy and History.

Gillies’ decision came as a shock a couple of weeks ago. None of the university teaching staff was consulted about the cuts. A majority of the excellent, dedicated tutors are under imminent threat of losing their jobs.

Students already enrolled on the courses face an uncertain future. There have been rumours about transfers to other universities with which WE DO NOT AGREE.

This statement is our call for help to save our university, our future and our dreams: to keep London Metropolitan University open to everyone, regardless of their social class, wealth and chosen subject of study. The purpose of this occupation is to present the Vice-Chancellor with our demands

Demands

  1. Meeting with Vice- Chancellor
  2. Transparent process and direct communication
  3. University management goes back to HEFCE to renegotiate repayment terms
  4. Vice- Chancellor to accept proposals put forward by staff in HALE
  5. University retracts decision of cuts of ALL courses
  6. Students on existing courses which are being deleted, WILL NOT BE TRANSFERRED.
  7. Free access IN and OUT of the Occupation
  8. No student is victimized following action taken to occupy the space.

Website: http://www.wearelondonmet.wordpress.com

Book Bloc in Netherlands – March 21 – 26th: Week of Action

5 Apr

A reflection on ‘Onderwijs is een recht’ (Education is a right) demonstration on the 25th of March, The Hague, Netherlands. Halfway the largest student demonstration since decades in the Netherlands on 21st of January in The Hague, with its spectacular high stage, I climbed up its scaffolds to film from as high as possible. And exactly in this clumsy position while hanging next to the stage, which was only offered to politicians and a tasteless, popular DJ, who made the students jump to cheesy music in a park, I, and I guess many of us, realized that the story of the hijacked student movement by opposition political parties isn’t a conspiracy. It was a fact unfolding itself in front of our eyes staring at the brutally colored, branded and mass produced posters and flyers which, beside political propaganda, were a clear abuse of the fragile position of students towards the government and opposition parties. While wiping off our wet and tingling eyes we asked outselves what needs to be done.
Since the occupations at a few universities a month or two after the demonstration, a network of enthusiastic students based on self-organization during demonstrations and direct actions by and for students began to emerge. Our main focus was set on organizing another demonstration on the 25th of March. ‘Education is a Right’ was communicated to the national student union, Social Party Youth (Rood) and others whom we thought of as our allies, which unfortunately very soon was proved to be otherwise. They stated that they don’t recognize us and don’t want to be associated with our aims and the network, while they spread rumours, warning others of an anarchist group behind the 25th of March demonstration.

15,000 flyers were distributed in most of the universities in the Netherlands, emails flooded, facebook and twitter updates burning with a hope to mobilize as many students as possible. Critical questions like how to express our frustration, how to perform our action differently than on 21st January, guaranteed to make the demonstration a unique happening. However, one might say that our action was a failure because no more than 200 students were present at the demonstration. Whereupon the depressive grey weekend after the demonstration made me think of why we shouldn’t or should follow the youtube mentality?

Well yes, the youtube mentality is the mentality of stacking up numbers! Those fucking numbers seem to be our cultural value and measure of success recently and precisely that is one of the greatest problems of the demonstration as a format! I think with the exact same amount of committed protesters we had, the great amount of fantastic noises by experimental conservatory musicians, anthology of frustrations, chants and above all our photogenic superiority, we can really do something of incredible quality if we once and for all get rid of this youtube mentality and think about formats other than old fashioned demonstration and over-criticizing ourselves by emails on the next days!

Now I want to think about a master minded direct action before the parliament debate on April 12th! Who is in?

By Ehsancritique.com- 31 March 2011 Amsterdam

Albany Occupation

1 Apr

Albany Occupation March 30, 2011

A video from the NY statehouse in Albany, where grad students, high school students teachers and other government employees are protesting deep and damaging budget cuts to education at all levels.

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Students and Community Supporters Occupy Social Sciences Tower at University of Minnesota

29 Mar

Students and Community Supporters Occupy Social Sciences Tower at University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus – West Bank
http://umnsolidarity.wordpress.com/

Occupying in Solidarity with Wisconsin Students and Workers and Against University Budget Cuts

Minneapolis – On Monday, March 28th, a group of students and community members have occupied the first floor of the Social Sciences tower on the West Bank of the Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota. Following a rally in front of Coffman Memorial Union, participants marched across the East Bank of campus and crossed the Mississippi River onto the West Bank. Students and supporters entered into the first floor of the Social Sciences tower and held an assembly to discuss possible courses of action. Using a democratic process of consensus, protesters decided to hold the space in an open and soft occupation.

Since the occupation is non-violent and open, as of press time the University has not removed the occupiers. However, the University buildings close to the public at 11 pm each night. “We have a solid group of people here who are committed to the occupation, and we are using social media to bring more students and supportive community members to the space,” said undergraduate student Andrew, who has chosen not to give his last name. “We are planning specific events for the space in order to benefit the entire community, which we will be posting on our blog, umnsolidarity.wordpress.com,” added Sara, a U of M student who was forced to take a semester off of school for lack of finances.

Students and community supporters are outraged over soaring tuition, budget cuts, skyrocketing administrative salaries, mounting student debt, attacks on cultural diversity groups on campus, and blatant disregard for workers’ rights across the nation. In light of recent student and worker uprisings around the world, students in the Twin Cities are no longer willing to bear the burdens of the economic crisis while the rich only get richer. Inspired by the actions of students at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Madison, and other campuses around the state, U of M students are standing up against injustices in their own state and their own university.

Your money or your life: people before profit!

24 Mar

Find the feature with photos, video and materials
http://www.cantiere.org/art-03205/people-before-profits-azione-alla-borsa-di-milano.html

Euphoria to the italian “Wall Street”, the so-called “Borsa” of Milan located in “Piazza Affari=business square” : Europe rises up,  particularly involving banks & financial centres. The italian “Borsa” reacts in order to stop an action of important cultural value, fearing an attack that can cause the instability of the markets, in particular a revolt of all debtors.

Oh yeah! because the neo-liberism thru monetarism and financial istitutions enslaves millions of people thru the debt that provide to the banks huge profits. This is the theme of the lecture setted up today at the “Borsa”of Milan by the “generation debt”. An action realized in order to inaugurate a 3 days of actions involving all Europe. From London to Milan, the “Knowledge Liberation Front” aims to point the finger against the global financial system banks and other financial istitutions who are the real owners of our governments as our life.
This system uses our money in oprder to enrich itself, and leave us the debts : this system produced the crisis and than used our money, the money of the citizens in order to save the banks, leaving us with more poverty, more debts, more public debt and none welfare, culture neither public education & forcing everyone to indebt himself in a continuous growing chain of loans, mortgages, interest rates, taxes, and fines.

However the big powers, the magicians of “Piazza Affari=business square” disliked the lesson (& the action) & promptly ordered a police operation. Police, quickly arrived in order to “protect” the core of the financial economy. First police removed the press, than obscured the cameras & the end badly operated against teachers and students. Meanwhile, the officials stated that the Stock Exchange is a private place. Too bad that all their huge profits are guaranteed by the sum of our meager savings and debts which we contract, and their wealth is produced by our intelligence, our work, our co-operation.

If youngs occupy the banks all over Europe is because we want to take back our money, and the wealth we produce. In Italy more than anywhere the economic power coincides with the political and the mafia. For this reason we invite all to take to the streets tomorrow, as every day, and to demand the exile of the rais and the confiscation of all his assets to return them to culture, welfare and public education.

Take the Future – first act

24 Mar

Today, the 24th of March, also Bologna has launched the Knowledge Liberation front days of common and transnational actions against the banks and the financialization of our lives. Many students and precarious workers did practices of direct actions to reappropriate the spaces of the crisis and the social richness. We have occupied the Unicredit Bank, in the center of the city, to unmask our precarious conditions: we are stripped by the crisis and the criminal management of the European governance. Shouting “We don’t want to stay with only the pants”, we entered in the bank and we undressed, reappropriating this space as a housing place. After the action we took the streets, communicating to the city the meaning of what we struggling for.

This is only the beginning of the three common days of actions: Saturday afternoon, at 5pm, we have launched the “Take the future parade” around the streets of Bologna.

RECLAIM MONEY, SHARE KNOWLEDGE, TAKE FREEDOM!

http://bologna.repubblica.it/cronaca/2011/03/24/foto/bologna_in_banca_si_resta_in_mutande-14048353/1/?ref=HRESS-2

Glasgow University protest continues with Senate building occupied following Free Hetherington eviction

22 Mar

A hundred students are currently occupying the senate rooms of Glasgow University in an ongoing protest against the cuts both at the university and nationally.

Earlier today the occupiers were, without warning, forcibly evicted from the Free Hetherington which had been held by students and staff since 1st February, making it the longest running anti cuts student occupation in the UK.   Approximately 80 police, canine units and a helicopter were involved in what has been described by witnesses as a heavy handed response to the occupation.
Immediately following the eviction from the building several hundred then marched from the Hetherington to the main Glasgow University building and at 2:15pm entered the Senate building where they currently remain.
Liam, a first year Glasgow University student, says “I was dragged out of the Free Hetherington by three police officers.  It was completely disproportionate.  All we were doing was protesting against cuts at our university”
For more information please phone Jack on 07913 629769
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