Posted by: Clare Solomon | May 31, 2011

DROP THE CHARGES AGAINST STUDENT PROTESTERS

Thursday 9th and FRIDAY 10 JUNE, 9AM

WESTMINSTER CITY COURT, 70 HORSEFERRY ROAD.

Last years wave of student protests against tuition fees and the scrapping of EMA came close to defeating one of the Coalition government’s most unpopular policies and inspired millions of people facing cuts up and down the country.

Yet many students arrested on those demonstrations now face serious charges. These include BryanSimpson a Strathclyde University student who has been charged with affray for occupying the Tory Party HQ at Millbank on 10th November –a charge which carries a sentence of up to 2 years.

The occupation of Millbank took place in the context of 52,000 marching for education. It showed the anger and sense of sheer injustice that thousands felt towards a government wrecking their future and was followed by a wave of walk outs, sit ins, occupations, and marches involving hundreds of thousands up and down the country.

Now, when the introduction of £9000 fees and abolition of EMA is barring thousands of young people from post 16 education. When cuts to education are seeing thousands of lecturers sacked, the closure of departments and extinction of whole subjects from philosophy to Caribbean studies, it is vital that we unite behind all students facing charges and defend our right to protest.

Other support rallies include:

JUSTICE FOR ALFIE MEADOWS & OTHER PROTESTERS THURS 9 JUNE, 9AM

JUSTICE FOR BRYAN SIMPSON & FORTNUM & MASONS OCCUPIERS MON 4 JULY, 9AM. Facebook group HERE 

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Posted by: Clare Solomon | May 31, 2011

Imagine a day without interns on Wednesday 8 June, 12-2pm

Calling all interns! Unpaid or underpaid internships are illegal: U.K. government has provided guidance that interns “should be paid if they have a list of duties and work set hours,” as per the National Minimum Wage of 1998.

See Facebook group HERE

Come show politicians your support for the INTERN BILL OF RIGHTS! The NUS, ULU, Unite, Intern Aware, Interns Anonymous and Ross Perlin, author of Intern Nation, want politicians to come face-to-face with the exploitation faced by young people working for free across the country – show how much you contribute to the UK economy outside the House of Commons.
THE INTERN BILL OF RIGHTS by Ross Perlin:

GIVEN that the word “intern” has no strict definition and covers a broad range of actual roles,
GIVEN that most interns are workers, performing work of operational and economic importance,

GIVEN that the laws and regulations pertaining to internships are often unclear, vary by jurisdiction, and rarely reference interns specifically,

GIVEN that internships are of increasing, global importance and have broad social implications,

GIVEN that some internships are legal, just, and beneficial, while others are illegal, unethical, and even exploitative,

GIVEN that it is inequitable to require people to work for free to enter the workforce,

We proclaim this INTERN BILL OF RIGHTS as a common standard by which to evaluate and improve internships for the benefit of interns, employers, and society as a whole:

Article 1: All interns deserve fair compensation for their work, usually in the form of wages and sometimes in the form of dedicated training.

Article 2: Interns are entitled to the same legal protections as all other workers, and should not be subject to discrimination, harassment, or arbitrary dismissal. Under these circumstances, interns should have the same standing in court and the same recourse to the law as all other workers.

Article 3: Interns should enjoy the same basic workplace benefits guaran- teed to all other workers, including sick days, vacation time, worker’s compensation, and extra pay for overtime.

Article 4: The hiring of interns should be as transparent and nondiscrimi- natory as the hiring of full-time employees.

Article 5: No one should be forced to take an unpaid internship or required to pay in order to work.

Article 6: Any internships subsidized with public funds should meet exemplary legal and ethical standards.

Article 7: Internships are a category of work that should be defined, rec- ognized by policy makers and officials, studied, monitored, and improved.

Article 8: Interns must be treated with dignity and respect by coworkers and supervisors.

Article 9: The word “intern” should be applied ethically and transparently to opportunities that involve substantial training, mentoring, and getting to know a line of work.

Please let us know of your interest by emailing susan.nash@nus.org.uk with your name, postcode and stating if you are currently doing a internship.

Wall of support

An Emergency General Meeting of University of London Intercollegiate Halls to discuss direct action against the proposed cuts to pastoral care and social life in Halls.

Date: Tuesday 31 May
Time: 7.30. Come for 6.30 to make banners
Place: Room 3A, ULU, Malet St, London, WC1

The Intercollegiate Halls are Connaught, Commonwealth, International, Hughes Parry, College, Lillian Penson, Nutford House and Canterbury. Redundancy is threatening the Wardens, who provide advice and counselling, fair and balanced discipline, a friendly social atmosphere and a lot more to over 3000 UoL students in these Halls, with no valid plans for replacing them.

This meeting will discuss direct action plans to contribute to the opposition campaign, which has risen amongst students in response to the lack of student consultation. Banner-making from 6:30pm, to hang outside Halls buildings.

Post box for submitting messages of support to be sent to the VC, Geoffrey Crossick

Conway Hall Red Lion Square London WC1R 4RL. Registration 9.30 am • Tickets £5

Ten years ago the events of 9/11 triggered a series of events which changed the world profoundly. The war in Afghanistan marked the start of a decade of war which has resulted in death, injury and displacement for millions of people across south Asia and the Middle East. The latest of these wars has now been launched on Libya, while the first one that in Afghanistan is taking a growing human and economic toll in one of the poorest countries in the world.

Stop the War is holding an important conference on Afghanistan and the war on terror which aims to analyse and explain the war and its legacies. It will bring together different elements of the broad movement including journalists, activists, former soldiers and military families. The conference is important as an exchange of information and ideas. But it is also a means of organising future campaigns. Ten years on, we still have to build a mass movement to force the US and British governments to withdraw the troops and to stop future interventions.

Speakers include: Tony Benn • Mehdi Hassan • Tariq Ali • Lindsey German • US peace campaigner David Swanson • Pankaj Mishra • Joan Humphries • David Gentleman • George Galloway

Sessions include: 
• Iraq the aftermath
• Afghanistan and Pakistan – war without end?
• Women and war
• War and resistance: the uprisings in the Middle East
• Imperialism in the 21st century

Posted by: Clare Solomon | May 25, 2011

Hijabs, Hoodies and Hotpants block on SlutWalk London!

Whatever we do, wherever we go, yes means yes and no means no. Quite simply we should be free to wear whatever we like without fear of rape, reprisal or repression. Join us on June 11th to show solidarity to each other whatever we wear.

Whatever we do, wherever we go, yes means yes and no means no.

===HOODIES, HIJABS AND HOTPANTS CONTINGENT ON THE SLUTWALK LONDON MARCH – MEET 1PM, TRAFALGAR SQUARE, JUNE 11TH===

Join the Facebook invite HERE for updates.

Jack Straw said he wouldn’t talk to a constituent wearing a niqab. A Toronto police official tells women not to dress like ‘sluts’ if they don’t want to be raped. A butch lesbian woman is sexually assaulted because she turned down a man. France stops Muslim women covering their face by law. Ken Clarke asserts that there’s a difference between date rape and ‘serious’ rape.

These remarks are all two sides of the same sexist coin; and they all seek to control women’s dress, behaviour and ultimately make them responsible for the daily victimisation they face.

The irony is that we know that the way women dress has precious little to do with rape and sexual abuse. 1 in 4 women will be raped in a lifetime, and the vast majority of those will be raped by someone previously known to them – a spouse, partner, friend or acquaintance.

The recent spate of sexist remarks over rape, and the attempts to dump responsibility on the victims, means the SlutWalk phenomenon has never been more necessary; it’s time to take to the streets to defend our right to decide how we dress, and to reject the idea that we’re ever to blame for violence committed against us. And that includes the constant attempts to control the dress of Muslim woman – like the niqab ban in France.

So we want to make sure that everyone feels comfortable on the march – women in hoodies and trainers, Muslim sisters who wear the niqab or hijab, ladies in hotpants and heels, men in tank tops or traditional dress, trans people in dresses or jeans – this is the place for you.

We’re organising the Hoodies, Hijabs and Hotpants contingent to ensure that there’s a space for everyone on the SlutWalk London march – whether your dress of choice is a niqab, a hoodie or a minidress, we want you to come and march side by side, to defend the right of women to dress as they please without the fear of recrimination.

Please join us on the day and fight for the right to wear what you like – look out for our banner on the day!

 5.30pm today

Troops Out of Afghanistan • Stop the Bombing of Libya • Free Palestine


Barack Obama makes a state visit to Britain next week, as he is waging three wars — in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya.
Protest at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday 24 May, when Barack Obama will meet the Queen.
Called by Stop the War, CND, Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Justice for Bahrain

University of London Union (ULU) votes to boycott and divest from Israel

Contact: 

James Haywood, President-Elect Goldsmiths University Students’ Union
Ph: 07766516166

Ashok Kumar, Education Officer LSE Students’ Union
Ph: 07799783618

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Earlier today, Wednesday 18th May, the University of London Union (ULU) voted 10-1 to institute and campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) in support of Palestine. The motion called for “thorough research into ULU investments and contracts” with companies guilty of “violating Palestinian human rights” as set out by the Palestinian Boycott National Committee (BNC). Ashok Kumar, Senate member for LSE, speaking in favour of the motion, argued,

“We have precedents for boycotting campaigns at ULU, especially with South Africa and the boycott campaign over  Barclays bank, that supported the Apartheid regime. We are now responding to the Palestinian call for civil action in support of their fight against racism.”

The motion also called on other students’ unions to join in the campaign for Palestinian human rights. ULU is the largest students’ union in Europe with over 120,000 members from colleges across London. ULU senate consists of the presidents from the 20 students unions representing every University of London University.  James Haywood, President-elect at Goldsmiths Students’ Union, stated,

“We are delighted that this motion has passed, and with such a clear vote as well. We have seen throughout history that boycotts are a crucial nonviolent tactic in achieving freedom, and target institutions, not individuals.”

Sean Rillo Raczka, incoming ULU Vice President,

“I’m delighted that ULU has passed this BDS policy on Israel.  We stand in solidarity with the oppressed Palestinian people, and as Vice President next year I will ensure that the University of London Union does not give profit to those denying the human rights of the Palestinians”


Today 18 May 2011, the University of London Union Senate (the umbrella union for 22 colleges within the University of London), the Union’s legislative body representing over 120,000 students, voted unanimously in favour of calling for a campaign for the dismissal of evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa, Reader in Management at the LSE, and to condemn his poor research.

Kanazawa published an article on Psychology Today on Monday 16 May 2011 called “Why black women are less attractive than any other women”. Previous articles by Kanazawa include “Are All Women Essentially Prostitutes?” and “What’s Wrong with Muslims?” which estimates there to be “120 million potential suicide bombers worldwide”.

Sherelle Davids, anti-racism officer-elect of the LSE Students’ Union says:

“Kanazawa deliberately manipulates findings that justify racist ideology. As a Black woman I feel his conclusions are a direct attack on Black women everywhere who are not included in social ideas of beauty.”

Amena Amer, incoming LSESU Education Officer comments

“We support free speech and academic freedom, but Kanazawa’s research fuels hate against ethnic and religious minorities promoted by neo-Nazi groups. Not only does he use LSE’s credentials to legitimise his ‘research’ but this jeopardises the academic credibility of the LSE.”

The academic community has widely condemned Kanazawa’s flawed research and there should be no place for his unscientific bigotry at the LSE. Students stand united against his disgraceful conclusions and will not let this negatively impact good campus relations” says Community and Welfare Officer-elect Lukas Slothuus.

The Students’ Union welcomes the unanimous ULU decision to campaign for the dismissal of Kanazawa.

Post updated with:

1) Motion that passed at Senate (at very bottom of this post)

2) Next meeting -26 May, 19.00-20.30 at Connaught Hall. See http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=121628757920547

3) Letter from Michael Chessum to SU sabbs

3) Letter from Michael Chessum to SU sabbs
Hello Senate,

If you’re classed by UoL housing as an SU President, you’ll have received an email inviting you to respond to the consultation process for scrapping wardens in intercollegiate halls.

Last week we passed a motion condemning the move – I’ve attached the text that we passed (unanimously).

Can I just re-iterate the importance of flooding their inbox with loads of messages urging them not to do it. It’s a relatively small window of opportunity – and if ALL of UoL’s SUs tell them it’s a rubbish idea, we may well sway them.

So make sure someone from your union writes in an official capacity of some sort or another to hallsconsultation@london.ac.uk by 17th June.

Michael Chessum
UCL Union Education & Campaigns Officer
NUS National Executive Council 2011-12
University College London Union (UCL Union)
25 Gordon Street
London
WC1H 0AY

Tel: 020 7679 2701 (ext. 37949)
Fax: 020 7916 8533

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We’ve made great progress in the last few days:

  • and ULU Senate has voted to give us the official backing of ULU.

If you’re still not sure what it’s all about, read this: http://on.fb.me/l0wnCF

Much more remains to be done.

  1. We must aim for an absolute minimum of 600 signatures on the petition. Where possible, some halls are putting an internet-connected laptop, iPad, or smartphone (with a person!) in their reception lobby and encouraging residents to sign the petition there and then.
  2. We need many more letters of protest, explaining why it’s such a bad idea to get rid of wardens, to be sent to mail@hallwardens.org. Letters from the SM or JCR perspective are especially important: in what ways will supervision, management, and support of SMs and JCRs be damaged without a warden?
  3. If you haven’t already, join the Facebook group. Friend me if you like!
  4. We must continue writing to VIPs, professors, college welfare services, student unions, and anyone else with a legitimate interest in the welfare of students in the intercollegiate halls. All these people, including MPs and London Assembly Members, may take more notice of students writing to them than the wardens themselves. I can help you with contact details.
  5. Encourage residents to ask their parents to sign the petition or send an email.

This is such an important issue. We have a lot of backing already but we can’t relax yet!

Emergency Motion to Senate: Save Our Wardens!

Senate Notes:

1. That since 2009, all Intercollegiate Halls of Residence in the University of London have been staffed by a single Warden, who is paid at a part-time rate and granted reduced-rate accommodation in their Hall.

2. That these Wardens are tasked with pastoral care, social events and community building, and disciplinary procedures, and often informally represent the needs of students in their Hall to the University of London.

3.  That the University of London is planning to cut all Wardens in Intercollegiate Halls of Residence, and transfer their duties to administrative and management staff, ostensibly to make more space available for students: the removal of the Wardens will increase student capacity in the intercollegiate halls by up to 1.5%.

4. That the consultation process for this change will end on 26 May 2011, and that students and other interested parties have not been formally involved in this consultation at any stage.

5. That the University of London has been increasing rents in Intercollegiate Halls at a rate well above inflation for a number of years.

Senate Believes:

1. That Wardens in Intercollegiate Halls play a vital role in making students’ experiences safer and more pleasant.

2. That removing Wardens from Intercollegiate Halls is a farcically inadequate response to the shortage of student housing in London, and increasing student accommodation capacity is unlikely to be the real reason behind the move.

3. That the University of London should invest in expanding affordable student housing, rather than cutting vital welfare services.

4. That the exponential growth in rents in recent years is unacceptable, and a barrier to access to education for poorer students.

Senate Resolves:

1. To vigorously oppose the cutting or downsizing of Wardens in Intercollegiate Halls of Residence.

2. To launch a full-scale campaign on student housing provision to ensure affordability, quality, and good welfare support.

3. To mandate the President and Vice-President to write a ULU response to the consultation on the current changes, stating our opposition.

4. To ask all Senators (or the appropriate equivalent at their constituent union) to write to the University of London, expressing opposition to the cutting of Wardens in Intercollegiate Halls.

Posted by: Clare Solomon | May 16, 2011

Victory re Senate Library but meeting still going ahead.

Dear all,

I have received notice from someone in this campaign that the library is not, after all, going to close over the summer although I did not receive the information from the library itself.  Thank you to those who did let me know about this.  This is obviously a victory and we are very pleased that the library management have taken our concerns seriously.

This also demonstrates what we can do when we organise effectively. U of L student protests last year have been particularly vocal and we are confident that our victory had something to do with this. However there are many more existing problems.

As you may or may not know SAS does not have its own Students’ Union and, therefore, it is ULU who fills this legal requirement (Education Act 1994 stipulates that all universities must have a student representation system).

A number of other issues have now come to light and it is on this basis that the meeting called for tomorrow is going to go ahead.

Date: Tuesday 17 May 2011

Time: 1-2.30pm

Room: 2E ULU building

Please do come along if you want to ensure your voices are heard at all levels in the university and please forward this message to anyone who may be interested. I do not, as is usual for a Students’ Union, have access to the whole SAS students database.

Finally, there is an ‘Opposition to UoL Proposal’ facebook group to campaign against the removal of wardens from student residences. Join it HERE and sign the petition. We will discuss this tomorrow at the meeting.

Clare Solomon

President University of London Union, ULU

W 020 7664 2001

M 07850 177 637

www.ulu.co.uk

www.ulucampaigner.wordpress.com

Posted by: Clare Solomon | May 13, 2011

No to Senate House Library closure. Mtg on Tuesday at ULU

We have recently discovered that Senate House Library will be closing for the whole of August and the beginning of  September 2011. This coincides at a time when School of Advanced Study Masters and PHD students will be preparing and researching their final dissertation papers.
This decision was taken with no consultation or communication with SAS students; the impact of which is sure to affect our studies and the reputation of our university.

We, as concerned students and staff, are meeting to discuss this decision. We need your ideas and support.

An initial meeting has been called for Tuesday 17 May 1-2.30 in ULU on Malet St. Room tbc.

Call Clare Solomon on 07850 177 637

Please come to the meeting and help spread the word about it. Join the Facebook group here

Posted by: Clare Solomon | May 4, 2011

£1,000 prize for London Student of the Year Award


The Barclays Capital London Student of the Year Award nominations period has been extended until 12 noon on Monday 16th May 2011 and carries a prize of £1,000 for the winner!

Laurels Awards 2011

Do you know someone who has performed outstandingly in their studies this year
and done their bit in making University life better for everyone?

Or someone who has overcome personal difficulties and still gone on to achieve academic excellence? 

If so, ULU Laurels 2011 is your chance to recognise their achievement by nominating them for an award. All awards will be presented at a celebratory dinner on Thursday 19th May 2011. And by nominating them for the London Student of the Year Award, they are also in the running to receive a £1,000 cash prize.


The London Student of the Year Award is this year sponsored
by BARCLAYS CAPITAL and comprises a £1,000 prize.

The 2011 ULU Laurels are proudly sponsored by Endsleigh.


CRITERIA FOR AWARD:

London Student of the Year Award
London Student of the Year is awarded to a person who:
a. has performed outstandingly in their studies this year and done their bit in making University life better for everyone; or
b. has overcome personal difficulties and still gone on to achieve academic excellence.

This year, Barclays Capital has kindly agreed to continue its sponsorship of this award. Nominations received for this award will be sent to Barclays Capital. The title will be awarded to the nominee whom Barclays Capital judge to be most deserving of this honour. Please note that the consideration of this award does not fall within the scope of the ULU Laurels Committee.


The Ceremony

The awards ceremony will take place on the evening of Thursday 19th May 2011.

Please notify the person you are nominating that, if successful, they will be invited to attend the event. They should therefore keep this date free in their diary.

To nominate someone for any of the awards at the 2011 ULU Laurels, please use the
Nomination Form by clicking on the image on the right.
      Download the nomination form by clicking here.

To nominate a person, please complete this form. A full citation must be included – Laurels and Shields Committee cannot consider any nomination that does not include a citation.

Nominations should be submitted c/o Angela Jelfs, Activities Development Officer, via email to a.jelfs@ulu.lon.ac.uk

All nominations must be returned before 12 noon on Monday 16th May, no nominations will be accepted after this time.


**come early to get your advance tickets of £3 before doors open** 

To coincide with the end of term and help you into the Easter Break with a hangover so bad you go colourblind, ULU and Love Music Hate Racism are putting on a night of global sounds, huge basslines and great vibes to bring people together and raise money for a fantastic cause.

Drinks are student prices with deals available, and tickets are £3 in advance (available from Sabbs office at ULU) and £5 on the door. Every penny of the profit we make is going straight to Love Music Hate Racism.

From 10pm – 2am INSTRUMENT OF JAH SOUNDSYSTEM FT GREGORY FABULOUS AND DUBFORCE

This is going to be pretty special. IOJ are a custom built reggae soundsystem that will be setting up in the venue, and providing special guests and huge tunes into the night. Look out for earlier sets from Chris Gee (Unwanted) and Roots Brothers. Reggae music played through a CHEST SHATTERING reggae soundsystem is how you’re supposed to hear it.

LIVE MUSIC

KASAI MASAI
Based in London and led by Voodoo King Nickens Nkoso, Kasaï Masaï brings us the Traditional Sound of the most remote equatorial villages with a Urban Twist. The band is a 5 piece outfit, consisting of d’jembe, guitar, saxophone, bass and drum. To add that extra exotic touch they are also joined occasionally by a balafon player, a MC and one or two female dancers!
www.kasaimasai.com

INTENSI-T AND SOLDIER A
“Both in their teens, working independently over the past few months they have raked in over one hundred thousand views on their youtube videos and created a growing buzz around their name. Two Microphones, Two voices. A Million Sounds. Beatbox and Rap. Two of the strongest Hip Hop elements combine on stage to create an awe inspiring live set.”
www.foreverready.wordpress.com

VIBE A DELIKS
“The Vibe_A_Deliks formed as a band in 2009. They have been playing around London at many of the best gigs that the circuit has to offer. The Band consists of 5 members…and all they want to do is make good music.”
http://www.myspace.com/thevibeadeliks

Also keep a look out for Love Music Hate Racism stalls around the venue, here’s a bit more about them.

Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR) was set up in 2002 in response to rising levels of racism and electoral successes for the Nazi British National Party (BNP). They use the energy of our music scene to celebrate diversity and involve people in anti-racist and anti-fascist activity as well as to urge people to vote against fascist candidates in elections. LMHR has helped to mobilise against further BNP election victories, in the tradition of the Rock Against Racism

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=196588997040904

SPRINGTIME:

The New Student Rebellions

Edited by Clare Solomon and Tania Palmieri

OUT NOW in the UK; Published September 2011, USA

Book launch and party on:

Thursday 7 April, 2011, 6.30pm – 11pm

At The Venue & Gallery bar @ ULU, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HY

Free entry / All ages / All proceeds to PalestineConnect http://www.palestineconnect.org

Come early for drinks reception

Books available for purchase at discounted price of £7

With talks and readings from:

Clare Solomon, (President of ULU)

Jody McIntyre , (Equality Movement)

Dr Nina Power, (Roehampton)

Jo Casserly, (UCL)

Ashok Kumar, (LSE SU)

Kanja Sesay, (NUS Black Students Officer)

James Meadway, (SOAS)

& more tbc

And open mic, poetry, live graffiti wall, music and projections by:

Noel Douglas, (Globalise Resistance), Tyler Perkin, (Havering Sixth Form College), DJ Steaz , Logic MC, (The Peoples Army & We are Dubist), Zain (Words Apart poetry group)

The autumn and winter of 2010 saw an unprecedented wave of student protests across the UK in response to the coalition government’s savage cuts in state funding for higher education, cuts which formed the basis for an ideological attack on the nature of education itself. Middle-class students, teenagers from diverse backgrounds and older activists took part in marches, teach-ins and occupations, and also creative new forms: flashmobs, YouTube dance-offs, and the literal literary resistance of colourful book blocs.

The protests spread with wildfire speed, mainly organised through the unprecedented use of social media such as facebook and twitter. Web-savvy, media-literate students developed Sukey, the anti-kettling phone app, publicise their demands through online and traditional media outlets and continue to build ever-denser international networks of solidarity.

The winter of discontent now gives rise to the new spirit of rebellion this spring with a broader, stronger resistance to austerity measures. We have already seen the astonishing events in the Arab world, trade union rallies in Wisconsin on a scale not seen in America since Vietnam protests, direct-action by tax-justice campaigners UK Uncut – and 26 March will see ‘March for the Alternative’ the largest national anti-cuts demonstration yet. SPRINGTIME is both an inspiring chronicle of and companion to this movement: “the formulation of an experience” of a generation.

Rather than considering them a series of isolated incidents, this new book locates the student protests in the movement spreading across the entire western world: ever since the financial crash of 2008 there has been growing social and political turbulence in the heartlands of capital and beyond. From Athens to Rome, San Francisco to London – and the stunning events in Tunisia and Egypt that captured the world’s imagination – students are playing a key role in developing a strong, coherent social and political movement.

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CLARE SOLOMON is President of the University of London Union and has been centrally involved in the student protests.

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ISBN: 978 1 84467 740 5/ $14.95 / £9.99 / Paperback / 296 pages

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For more information or to buy the book visit:

http://www.versobooks.com/books/799-springtime

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Become a fan of Verso on Facebook

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Verso-Books-UK/122064538789

And get updates on Twitter too!

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Posted by: Clare Solomon | March 24, 2011

Demo info: Weekend line and station closures 26/27 March

We are undergoing a programme of improvement works across London’s transport network, including the comprehensive Tube upgrade plan.

If you are planning to travel this weekend 26/27 March, please check if any of the following works will affect you.

For details of all Tube upgrade work this weekend, alternative routes and a map, please click here

Central line
On Saturday and Sunday, there is no service between Marble Arch and West Ruislip/Ealing Broadway.

Circle line
On Saturday, there is no service between Edgware Road and Hammersmith.

On Sunday, there is no service on the entire line.

On Saturday and Sunday, and until the end of April, Latimer Road station is closed.

District line
On Saturday, there is no service between Tower Hill and Upminster.

On Sunday, there is no service between Embankment and Upminster.

Hammersmith & City line
On Saturday and Sunday, there is no service between Liverpool Street and Barking.

On Saturday and Sunday, and until the end of April, Latimer Road station is closed.

Metropolitan line
On Saturday and Sunday, there is no service between Aldgate and Moorgate.

London Overground
On Saturday, there is no service between Clapham Junction and Kensington (Olympia).

On Sunday, there is no service between Richmond and Stratford.

On Sunday, there is no service between Clapham Junction and Willesden Junction.

For more information on London Overground engineering works click here

Yours sincerely,
Vernon Everitt
Vernon Everitt
Managing Director, Marketing and Communications

To keep up with the Tube upgrade plan and how it might affect you, please visit tfl.gov.uk

Mayor of London

Copyright in the contents of this email and its attachments belongs to Transport for London.
Any unauthorised usage will infringe that copyright.

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Posted by: Clare Solomon | March 21, 2011

Support the UCU Strike, are you kidding?

See the And Finally bit at the bottom for reasons why we should support the strike…

There are a number of plans for teachouts, stunts and actions going on over the next few days. Please check with your local union to see what’s happening.

The Universities and Colleges Union have called for strike action on the 22nd and 24th of March.
Their strike is at the heart of a larger struggle against a massive ideological attack on higher education: job losses, department cuts, fee increases, cuts to grants, etc. Their struggle is our struggle. Therefore, we call on the rest of the student body and the wider population to support the strikes.

Here are some things you can do to help (we’re open to suggestions, too):

STUDENTS:
– DO NOT attend class on the 21st or 24th. If your class is set to go on anyway, show up at the beginning and ask to announce why you will not be staying for the class.
– Email your lecturers in advance, especially those for classes on Mondays and Thursdays. Ask them to reschedule their lectures. Inform them that if they do not, your conscience prevents you crossing a picket line to attend a scab lecture and you will not be doing so.
– Send messages of support to any lecturers who do announce they will be rescheduling classes.
– Email your head of school and ask for a statement on the strike. We will post statements from schools here, as we receive them.
– If one of your lecturers decides to go ahead and scab anyway, go in at the beginning and do a lecture call-out asking students to leave. Then leave. This takes nerve – it might be better to ask a friend to cover yours, and you do theirs.

LECTURERS:
– Reschedule your classes. This is straight-forward enough. Don’t scab, it’s not a good look.
– Ask your colleagues to do the same.

STAFF:
– Join the lecturers on strike – don’t come in.

EVERYBODY:
– Join the lecturers on the picket lines on the 21st and 24th. Bring tea, coffee and cakes to keep people warm 🙂

 

And Finally – Support the Strike? – Are you kidding?
But this strike won’t achieve anything
– You’re right. On its own, this strike is not enough – it’s just the start. Yes, it’s difficult to be the first sector to go on strike like this, but others will follow, if we keep it strong and inspire people. A two day strike is difficult, but we can build even more from here

– Students will miss out
You’re right. If we don’t resist the education sector cuts, students are really going to miss out. Many lecturers are worried that striking will adversely affect their students education. But a couple of days of lectures missed is nothing compared to the damage that is being threatened to the education sector right now. If these pension changes go through, we will have: Fewer lecturers, more students, demoralised workforce, less pay, longer hours. This is not a formula for a good education – and it could be happening from September.

– The University management don’t care about what we do
You’re right. Most of the time, management (the financial administrators, with support from business automata on the boards of governors) don’t listen to us at all. A strike is one of the few times that management care at all about what we’re doing. If management cared about our welfare and education, they would be vocally – loudly – standing up to the government, refusing to make cuts, and demanding proper funding for the work we do and the resources we need.

– We should value our jobs and get on with our work
You’re right. We should value what we do – teaching, learning, supporting each other. Management, however, don’t. If they valued us, they wouldn’t be cutting pensions and redundancy money, which prepare their budgets for mass redundancies. If they valued us, they wouldn’t be freezing pay while interest rates increase, vacillating over fees, and obfuscating about cuts. If they valued us, we wouldn’t need to be complaining like this: the University would be loudly complaining as well.

– There’s so much going on in the world – benefit cuts, Japan, Libya – we shouldn’t be complaining
The kind of attacks being levied on the public sector by our government are being borne by the education sector first, with the health sector not far behind. It’s up to us to lead the fightback.
Students have been doing really well – but the academics need to show their courage now. And it’s by being organised, by realising that we can take collective action and stand up to our governments, that we can also move some way to a society which doesn’t constantly teeter on the edge of nuclear disaster and militarism.

 

Posted by: Clare Solomon | March 19, 2011

March 26th, ULU Big Demo Breakfast from 8am

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March 26th demo breakfast

Last year we organised this Big Demo Breakfast which was very successful. We have worked out a new way of getting everyone served quicker. Again we have plenty of space to make placards, banners and will also be doing stewards briefing for the Education Feeder march.

Breakfast £2 for a variety of baps and unlimited Tea & Coffee from 8am

Please email campaigns@ulu.lon.ac.uk with rough numbers to assist the chef.

Posted by: Clare Solomon | March 15, 2011

ULU election: 24 hrs to vote for a campaigning union

Dear All,

Please remember to vote in the ULU elections! You have until 12 noon tomorrow (Wednesday) to vote.

We have proved athat ULU is more than just a Gym!

How to vote:

**all University of London students can vote even those overseas***

1- Check your uni/college email. You should have been sent a Username and Password from ULU. The subject of the email is ‘2011 ULU Elections Password’.

If you cant find quickly email elect2011@ulu.lon.ac.uk with all your college details and they’ll email you a new one.

2- Log on at www.ulu.co.uk/elections/election and cast your vote.

3- Get all your friends and contacts to do the same. Email, twitter, facebook-coz it’s an online election we need a good online buzz.

Please vote for ALL anti-cuts people and update your facebook statuses using the @function.

Thanks so much for all your support.

Results drinks 6pm at ULU on Thursday. Please do all come and celebrate/commiserate with us!

Thanks so much in advance.

Well, the elections have started with a bang. At 11am Friday morning (so 47 hours after voting opened) over 1,200 votes had been cast. For the whole week last year, there were around 2,000. I feel confident that my manifesto pledge of last year to increase turnout to elections will be not broken.

Clare and Tariq drink radical beer! Thanks to the students of Courtauld Institute for this lovely publicity-it certainly lubricated the campaign trail

We’ve had loads of lovely endorsements so far and people from many different groups are helping out, from FOSIS to the African – Caribbean Societies, from Women’s to Football teams.

I have support from lots of ULU colleges and other people. Here’s a selection of some of them:

Daisy Jones, President of the Courtauld Institute and the crew there made these fantastic beers –>

Daniel Lemberger Cooper Royal Holloway President-elect and ULU Senator

Active, campaigning and creative unions of the kind that Clare has developed over her short time at ULU are going to be key in fighting against the government’s public spending cuts and their devaluing of education. She has been central to the movement’s upsurge, a committed organiser who has made the University of London Union relevant again! Vote Re-elect Clare Solomon #1 ULU President

Tahmeena Bax Queen Mary

Vote to Re-elect Clare Solomon #1 ULU President for a President that will fight against racism and not stand by as students are intimidated, kettled, beaten by police and liberation campaigns smashed and silenced!

Wanda Canton Queen Mary Women’s Officer.

Clare Solomon has genuinely worked hard to resist the appalling and discriminatory cuts of the coalition. Considering the heightened controversy of the student movement this year, she has stood by us and led a ULU union with integrity and honesty. If don’t want to stand by whilst fees hike, public services are obliterated, and the poorest, least represented communities are isolated further and blocked from education and welfare; VOTE CLARE #1 brap brap!

James Haywood Goldsmiths President-elect and ULU Senator

Go Clare! 100% support! Been absolutely amazing for ULU to have Clare as President, we need another year of it!…For a University of London Union that will campaign like it used to against Apartheid in the 1980s!

Soon to be constituted ULU Tango Society: Tangology Org

Claire offered ULU students the “gift of tango”, a life changing hobby. We hope to be able to resume activities soon. Thank you Claire!

Mark Bergfeld

Clare is at the heart of the struggle. She has made ULU the hub of the students’ movement and will continue to make it the centre of the movement. I wish Clare all the best in her campaign!!!

Sky Yarlett

Clare has been at the front-line of the student movement, representing thousands of students voices, showing the government that students will not back down and take £9k fees!

I personally and professionally know Clare is one of the hardest working women out there! She doesn’t understand the idea of office hours and can be found working at all hours! 

Re-elect Clare Solomon for ULU President!

Sky Yarlett
NUS LGBT Committee (Open Place) p.c.
Go Clare! Stunning in her defence of students and her attack on the Tory-led government’s destructive policies. There is only one choice and that’s for Clare Solomon!

Clare is simply one of the most charismatic and inspirational student leaders in Britain at the moment. She has the fire and commitment to further solidify ULU’s reputation as the centre of the anti-cuts movement. Vote Solomon #1 for ULU President.

Here’s my hustings at 4min 26 secs. Then Q & A’s. Hear all the hustings for all the positions, from those that came, in this lengthy video courtesy of the fantastic QMTV. Loved the question ‘What is Liberation and how would you campaign for this?’ at the end of the video…

Thanks for all the support-let’s make this turnout a record year to match the increase in turnover and footfall!

HOW TO VOTE

ALL University of London students can vote (you don’t need a ULU card)- and here’s how:

1- Check your uni/college email. You should have been sent a Username and Password from ULU*. The subject of the email is ‘2011 ULU Elections Password’.

2- Log on at www.ulu.co.uk/elections/election and cast your vote.

3- Share with all your friends!

Posted by: Clare Solomon | March 10, 2011

Lee Jasper, Jeremy Corbyn & Umit Ozturk back the campaign

Lee Jasper from BARAC, Black Activists Rise Against the Cuts

Thanks to all the great support so far. Here’s just a few of them:

Lee Jasper

Clare Solomon represent ts the best chance for ULU students to elect someone with unambigous progressive politics and firm prinicples. Her leadership and commitment have been an inspiration during the student opposition and campaigns against the cuts. I for one will be rooting for her relection. She enjoys my 100% support.

Jeremy Corbyn

Good wishes in the election; you are a dedicated passionate advocate for students at University, totally opposed to the monstrous fees rise and defending EMA to give young people a chance. You have the vision and the energy!

Umit Ozturk

Why Clare? Two simple reasons: her unbeatable passion and immeasurably endless love for her cause. Actually, we must add fearless determination, too. All the best wishes for a victorious election Clare

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