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Education Crisis

AFTER THE HIGHER EDUCATION BILL IS ‘POSTPONED’: WHAT NEXT IN THE STRUGGLE FOR HIGHER EDUCATION?

Education Activist Network Roundtable discussion – After the HE Bill is ‘postponed’: What next in the struggle for Higher Education?

Venue: King’s College London (Strand) WC2R 2LS, Room S-1.27

Date: 21 Feb 2011

Time: 6:30pm

 

Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/261268643945344/

Participants include: John McDonnell MP; John Holmwood, author of Manifesto for the Public University; Andrew McGettigan, blogger Critical Education; Jim Wolfreys, author of Universities for Hire; Howard Hotson. Oxford academic; Liam Burns NUS President

As the government has announced that it will not seek to pass the HE Bill (based on last summer’s HE White Paper) through parliament until 2015, the Education Activist Network is holding a roundtable discussion with trade unionists, academics and journalists to discuss the way forward in the fight for Higher Education.

The HE Bill, proposed by Universities Minister David Willetts, faces major opposition from academics and HE/FE students, who marched in their tens of thousands against it.

Cameron, Clegg and Willetts do not want to see a repeat of the mobilizations that took place in November/December 2010. One of the reasons the vote is being ‘indefinitely’ postponed is that the government faces significant resistance – UCU’s continued strike action over pensions, the Campaign for the Public University, the No Confidence Campaign as well as growing opposition to the NHS Bill.

This roundtable discussion will aim o build opposition to the trebling of tuition fees, the debt regime and 100% funding cuts to Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, whilst at the same time form the kind of alliance that have the social and economic power to reverse these devastating neoliberal reforms.

 

In solidarity,

Mark Bergfeld & Jim Wolfreys on behalf of EAN Steering Committee

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THE REVOLT OF A GENERATION

Revolt

Euro-Mediterranean Happening on Education, Welfare and New Political Practices
Rome, May 12th – 13th

In the last two years we have participated and assisted with extraordinary movements that have fought for a quality education, for labour rights and new welfare against the austerity politics of the European Union. The wild demonstrations, picket lines and strikes, the university occupations and the turmoil of theMediterranean signal a generational revolt and the necessity of a new social pact that involves all those subjects that stand up for their rights and refuse to be blackmailed.

The huge strikes last autumn inFranceshowed us the possibility of creating an intergenerational alliance, as blockades of production and circulation of goods constitute different aspects of a common struggle. InRome, as inLondon, the Book Block was a collective political practice able to speak out about the dismantling of public universities and processes of deskilling. At the same time, the revolts of Maghreb-Mashrek demonstrate how the construction of a future is tightly bound to both the radical claim for democracy and with the necessity of freedom from the parasitic and corrupt power that commands over our lives, universities, schools and workplaces.

The recent revolts and movements have crossed national and European borders as well as the limits imposed on education and mobility by Bologna Process to clash with the failure of a strategy we have always opposed. The struggles of these months have indicated that the possibility of radical change can only become concrete through the alliance among the different actors of labour and education, through common and transnational practices guided by those whom put their own bodies and knowledge.

We hope to give a common meaning to this new space redefined by the conflicts in which the crises open new possibilities to create an “other” future. It is for this reason that we want to initiate an open debate about the common projects we want to build together, starting in Romeon 12 and 13th May 2011.

Program

[ Thursday 12th May ]
6 p.m. – Department of Philosophy, Villa Mirafiori

Opening workshop – with:
Mouhamed Ali Oueled Itaief Student of the “École des beaux-arts” in Tunis
Youad Ben Rejeb Université Femministe
Trifi Bassem Forum des jeunes pour la citoyenneté et la créativité (FJCC)
Mondher Abidi Union Diplomées Chomeurs
Wissem Sghaier UGET Union General Etudiant Tunisi
Tim Uncut UK
Maham Hashni SOAS
Mark Bergfeld Education Activist Network
Rita Maestre Fernandez Juventud sin futuro

Annalisa Cannito AgMigrationUndAntirassismus
Tatiana Kai- Browne Plattform Geschichtspolitik

7 p.m.

Aperitive – Global video session #1
Contributions from education revolt – Book Bloc videos and photos

[ Friday 13th May ]

10 a.m. – Department of Political Science, University “La Sapienza”
Conflictual knowledge: from Europe to Mediterranean area

3 p.m. – Department of Literature, University “La Sapienza”
Education, Welfare and Precariousness

5 p.m. – Department of Literature, University “La Sapienza”
Labour, income and democracy against the crisis
With Fiom’ general secretary Maurizio Landini and members of tunisian General Union UGTT.

8 p.m. – ESC (via dei Volsci, 159)

Global video session #2

Contributions and interviews from Maghreb – Mashrek’ revolts

Follow Live-Streaming on: http://www.unicommon.org

READ THE PROGRAM IN FRENCH AND ARABIC

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http://www.unicommon.org
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Education on Trial

UniCOMMON: THE REBELLION OF LIVING KNOWLEDGE

An extraordinary season of struggle, beyond Uniriot

Uniriot has been several things: the will to compose different political cultures, the desire of conflict and the innovation inside and against the university reformed by the Bologna Process. The attempt of building up a new experimentation outside of any reassuring identity, but creating a new network able to change and being changed by the richness of discussions and the unquestionable reality of the struggle that cross us.

Uniriot.org has been a great platform, a useful tool for the challenge we issued five years ago: not only a showcase of our ideas, but a crossroads of different experiences and projects, new narrations of struggle, communication about the transformations of the university and our research. We have been trying to carry this challenge forward since the movement of 2005, when we created Uniriot, through our experience inside the European struggles during the AntiCPE movement in France, Bologna Burns in Wien and Madrid, until the anomalous wave of 2008 and the incredible autumn we lived in 2010.

We have been profoundly changed during these extraordinary months, together with students, precarious workers and researchers that have passionately animated and continuously organized the struggles of the last year. As we cannot be the same, we close the experience of Uniriot and launch a new political constituent process to live up to our time and the transformations required by the struggles. A new challenge!

The Rebellion of Living Knowledge: UniCommon

UniCommon moves its first step in an era of crisis and austerity: the education reforms enacted without any public funding inside the framework of the failure of the Bologna Process and, at the same time, its extension outside Europe as a tool of exploitation of transnational living knowledge; the dismissal of the public university and the de-qualification of high school education, the massive youth unemployment, precarity and the absence of any future for a whole generation inside and outside the academy.

In this landscape, movements shouted firmly the shelter of public university against cuts, rising tuition fees, free research labor and debt loan, not as mere defence of the extant, but as a strategic field to claim quality of knowledge and free education against any rhetorical meritocracy. Self-education has been our political disposition, focused on the struggle for a qualified and critical knowledge, a device of organization that we are going to practice; our aim is to focus on the transformations of researchers’ status in the era of delegitimization of research work and the peer-review system. Militant research is our collective tool to understand and to map the transformations of the present; self-education is our device beyond the public/private dichotomy to make our university!

UniCommon wants to switch the nexus between education and precarity, creating a new social constituent deal within the new composition of labor, a democratic reappropriation of welfare against private plunders and feudal academic power. We have learnt that where there is a capital relation, there is exploitation of toil, passions, words and knowledge; where there is globalized cognitive capitalism so there is a parasitic power that robs our body, our life.

The European and north-African movements of the last autumn have taught us that the claim for welfare against poverty and rights against exploitation are strictly connected to the claim for democracy and freedom against power and its corruption. Students who have animated the revolts of last years, thousands of precarious and young unemployed took up the book shields to defend their lives: a rioting generation reclaiming knowledge, free access and circulation, income and new welfare, democracy and freedom of choice above our body.

UniCommon is born within the practice of Book Bloc, a common tool of defence, a production of imaginary to express our desire. We have created those book shields as an attempt of combining radicalism and people’s support; the challenge of our time is to build up a wild experimentation, widespread and radical at the same time, to step over the crisis and the failed utopia of cognitive capitalism. The Book Bloc is a transnational practice, against any fixed identity and outside any representation of conflict, it is our defence within the democracy of turmoil!

The failure of Bologna Process does not mean the end of exploitation of our knowledge, on the contrary the crisis deepens the capitalistc command over our body; at the same time, the struggles have showed us their powerful capacity of creating connections despite borders, sharing common projects and practices, shaping a different future where free knowledge, income, rights and citizenship are not just a privilege.

UniCommon is a new compass oriented by self-education, created by the wild demos that blocked the circulation of commodities; it is a device defended by the transnational Book Bloc inside a European space definitely twisted by the Mediterranean revolts, the margins that break into the center to overturn it.

Moreover, Unicommon is a network of communication and political organization, a web platform that will work as a place of information and communication of struggles from high school to the academy, a space of connection among experiences of self-education and autonomous collectives of research. UniCommon.org is a new website inside the 2.0 web time: video as a tool of enquiring and mapping transformations, photos as the continuous effort of imaging the fuzzy movement of our demos and discussions, audios as a precise opinion of different voices, augmented reality to shape and multiply our world.

UniCommon starts from La Sapienza University within a day of large discussions to make a public analysis of the past autumn and to imagine the spring that lies ahead.

Meet you in the struggles, to create the future and subvert the present; to make the university of the common!

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Program 24.03.2011

Create the Future, Subvert the Present

10:30 a.m. College of Philosophy, Villa Mirafiori, La Sapienza – Roma
Public assembly of students and precarious collectives and networks

Against the dismissal of public university, creating the university of the common

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2:00 p.m. Lunch break

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4:00 p.m. College of Political Science, LaSapienza – Roma
Round table

After the revolt of the autumn toward the general strike of 6th May 2011

Speakers: Ilenia Caleo (Zeropuntotre); Roberto Ciccarelli (Il manifesto), Claudio Riccio (Link), Eva Pinna (Surf), Luca Tomassini (CPU), Giorgio Sestili (Atenei in rivolta), Simone Famularo (Assemblea di Medicina – La Sapienza)  Francesco Sinopoli (Flc-Cgil), Corrado Zunino (la Repubblica)

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7:30 p.m. aperitif break and videos
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Info: http://www.uniriot.org  /  and from 24th  March  >>> http://www.unicommon.org >>>

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Education Crisis

Austerity No!

TEACH-IN TO BUILD THE RESISTANCE

Teach-in to build the resistance
Wednesday 16th March, 4-8pm
King’s College London, the Strand

Ten days before the NUS/UCU demonstration against tuition fees and education cuts, an Education Activist Network conference in London brought together 400 students and education workers to discuss the future of education and the movement to defend it.

Ten days before the TUC march for an alternative we will be holding a teach-in to discuss the questions facing our movement today.

Higher fees and the end of EMA are almost upon us, but the possibility of a lecturers’ strike and student action on Budget Day could reinvigorate the resistance to education cuts.

Millions are rising up against dictatorships in the Middle East, but neoliberalism in our education system has seen the LSE accept blood money from Saif Gaddafi and many universities invest in the arms trade.

The cuts will have a dramatic impact on women, ethnic minorities and LGBT students – and David Cameron’s attacks on multiculturalism are an attempt to deflect anger and divide our movement. Students have been the target of horse charges, dawn raids, pepper spray and kettling daring to protest for education. Join them, their parents and teachers as we look at how to defend our right to protest and help our movement grow.

The line up will be announced next week: expect to see strikers, occupiers, academics, journalists, politicians, authors and a video link up with the sit-in of the Wisconsin state capitol, USA.

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Education Crisis

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY FOR EDUCATION

30th JANUARY, 11AM-5PM, LSE

The Quad, Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE

The protests, walkouts and occupations of last term were just the first chapter in a much longer struggle for the right to education and against Con Dem austerity. In 2011 as university managements gear up to implement massive fees increases and students and staff are faced with vicious attacks on courses, jobs and our education we will need to go further. The first National Assembly for Education is open to students, staff and all supporters of our movement: let’s get together and discuss the future of education and how we fight for it.

The assembly will include: planning and co-ordinating future actions. Break out sessions for university students * school and college students * education workers. Opening plenary with activist Jody McIntyre, Mohamed Bani (eye witness to Tunisian revolution), and occupiers from round the country.

Called by university occupations, including: King’s College London, LSE, Sheffield, Manchester, UWE and UEL

Supported by Education Activist Network, National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts, London Student Assembly

PROGRAMME:

10.30 11am – Registration

11am -12noon Opening Session

Short introductions followed by discussion and debate with:

* Jody McIntyre activist
* Ben Beech UCL occupation
* Ruby Hirsch Le Swap school
* Mohamed Bani- eye witness to Tunisian revolution
* Jim Wolfreys UCU NEC, Kings College

12noon-2pm: Break Outs

* Higher Education students * organising the occupation movement * building support for the education strike and shut down of education

* School and College Students * organising at school and college * building a walk out * supporting strike action

* Education workers

* Supporters

2-2.30pm Lunch Break

2.30-4pm Report backs from break outs and discussion of future actions

National Assembly for Education: http://educationassembly.wordpress.com/

Email: nationalassemblyforeducation@gmail.com

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Higher Education Crisis

SCRAP FEES! FIGHT CUTS!

Yesterday saw things heating up on colleges and universities across the country. The recommendation of the Browne Review to scrap the cap and rise tuition fees to £12,000 has enraged students. Spontaneous demonstrations captured the mood of students facing attack after attack on higher education. The Comprehensive Spending Review will announce plans to cut up to 80% (£3.9bn) of the annual teaching budget next week on October 20th.

At London South Bank University students blocked the road and occupied a lobby in protest against language department closure. At Leeds a protest of more than 100 students made Channel 4 news. In Birmingham, 200 students demonstrated. 150 people came to an anti-cuts meeting called at 24 hour notice at Sheffield Uni.

At every institution we should be calling demonstrations, rallies and Students’ Union general meetings to capture the mood to build the biggest possible turnout to the Education Activist Network conference on October 31st and the national UCU/NUS demonstration on November 10th.

Students in France show the way. They have now joined workers in the largest pension protests. More than 300 secondary schools were shut down yesterday. Their response to the crisis raises the question: ‘Why not here?’

At the Education Activist Network Conference backed by NUS, UCU activists and students will be raising the prospect of coordinating French-style mass action to defeat the cuts and the Browne Review and at the same time fight for an alternative vision of education. Come along!

The timetable for the conference is out now: http://educationactivistnetwork.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/timetable.pdf

The website: http://educationactivistnetwork.wordpress.com

Register for the conference:

http://educationactivistnetwork.blogspot.com/

If you want to have anything be added to the blog or have any queries please e-mail edcuationactivistnetwork@agitnet.com or mark.bergfeld@nus.org.uk If you want to put on a minibus or bring people down please get in touch with me.

In Solidarity,

Mark Bergfeld, NUS NEC on behalf of Education Activist Network Conference

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Education Crisis

THE FIGHT FOR EDUCATION

LONDON WIDE PUBLIC MEETING HOSTED BY EDUCATION ACTIVIST NETWORK

THE FIGHT FOR EDUCATION

Tuesday 5th Oct, 7pm, Kings College, The Strand, WC2

·      Striking tube worker

·      Ed Marsh National Union Students

·      Costas Todoulos (eyewitness to Greek revolt)

·      Jim Wolfreys UCU NEC

Map http://www.kcl.ac.uk/about/campuses/strand.html

The cuts proposed by the Con-Dem government amount to a declaration of war on our education. Already 150,000 students have been turned away from university, hundreds of education workers have been cut and departments and courses closed down.

On Monday 11th October the Browne Review of university finance is likely to recommend a dramatic rise in tuition fees and facilitate the entry of private companies and market forces deep into the sector. This will be followed by another Con Dem budget day on 20th October with up to 40% cuts across FE and HE anticipated. Imagine what your university or college would look like with 40% of lecturers and staff gone, arts and humanity courses closed, library and support services stripped away….

We have to resist these plans to wreck our education and the future.

Last year saw students and workers taking successful united action to stop the cuts. The examples of Sussex University, Kings’ College London and Leeds University are only the beginning and show that if we fight we can win. NUS and UCU are already working together to build a joint demonstration on November 10th. This months TUC annual conference also called for coordinated industrial action against the cuts and a national demonstration for next March.

The Education Activist Network will bring together students and workers from across London’s Universities and FE colleges to discuss how we seize the initiative and build a mass movement that can fight for our education and our future.

Speakers include a BBC worker out on strike against the cuts during the Tory Party conference; a student from Athens University involved in the wave of resistance against austerity in Greece plus representatives from the NUS and the UCU. This will be followed by discussion including contributions from campaigns and struggles across London. 

BOOK NOW FOR THE

NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2010

http://educationactivistnetwork.wordpress.com/national-conference-31st-october/ 

11am-5pm Sunday 31st October

King’s College London & London School of Economics

Supported by NUS, London Region UCU and others

SPEAKERS INCLUDE:

Alan Whittaker, UCU President; Usman Ali, Shane Chowen & Mark Bergfeld (NUS NEC); Professors Danny Dorling, Costas Lapavitsas, Steven Rose, Alex Callinicos & Alberto Toscano; Labour MP John McDonnell; Romayne Phoenix, Green Party campaigns coordinator; Sean Vernell & Jim Wolfreys (UCU NEC); Vicky Baars (NUS LGBT Officer, women’s place), Kanja Sesay (NUS Black Students Officer); Abdulrahman Alhadithi (FOSIS Head of Campaigns); Strikers, occupiers, trade unionists and student campaigners from key disputes such as Sussex University, Tower Hamlets College and King’s College London; Others including Zita Holbourne (PCS NEC), Ben Sprung (London FBU) & Graham Turner (GFC Economics)

FEATURING:

– Activist-led workshops on how to build strikes, occupations and campaigns
– Radical academics debate cuts, crisis, inequality and the future of education
– Meetings on the Islamophobic clampdown in our universities, the academic boycott for Palestine, and other key questions facing the movement
– A forum on the struggle in Europe with participants from Greece, Austria, Britain and Germany

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Education Crisis

EDUCATION ACTIVIST NETWORK NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2010

11am-5pm Sunday 31st October

King’s College London & London School of Economics

Supported by NUS, London Region UCU and others

SPEAKERS INCLUDE:

– Usman Ali, Shane Chowen & Mark Bergfeld (NUS NEC)
– Professors Danny Dorling, Costas Lapavitsas, Steven Rose, Alex Callinicos & Alberto Toscano
– Labour MP John McDonnell
– Sean Vernell & Jim Wolfreys (UCU NEC)
– Kanja Sesay (NUS Black Students Officer), Abdulrahman Alhadithi (FOSIS Head of Campaigns) and a speaker from NUS LGBT Campaign
– Strikers, occupiers, trade unionists and student campaigners from key disputes such as Sussex University, Tower Hamlets College and King’s College London.
– Others including Zita Holbourne (PCS NEC), Ben Sprung (London FBU) & Graham Turner (GFC Economics)

FEATURING:

– Activist-led workshops on how to build strikes, occupations and campaigns
– Radical academics debate cuts, crisis, inequality and the future of education
– Meetings on the Islamophobic clampdown in our universities, the academic boycott for Palestine, and other key questions facing the movement
– A forum on the struggle in Europe with participants from Greece, Austria, Britain and German

Details and Registration: http://educationactivistnetwork.wordpress.com/

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It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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Education Crisis

EDUCATION ACTIVIST NETWORK MEETING

Education Activist Network 

The last few weeks have seen the Con-Dem government up the ante on austerity, suggesting first 25% and then as much as 40% could be cut from parts of the public sector, including education.  When the academic year starts again after summer it will be in the context of an unprecedented attack on jobs and education.

We will also have opportunities to draw the resistance together around national strike ballots in the UCU and a national demonstration from NUS.  The Education Activist Network national conference on 31st October can be an important part in this process. 

To discuss the lessons of recent struggles and the prospects for those ahead, and particularly to get involved with planning and building for the national conference, come to our organising meeting:

6:30pm Wednesday 14th July

King’s College London

Room D11, French Department, East Wing, Strand WC2

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SUSSEX STUDENTS REINSTATED

Fantastic news from Sussex!

Over 800 students voted unanimously for a motion of no confidence in the VC executive group on Wednesday, and today students have been visiting the picket lines of Sussex UCU strike. Now, the suspensions of the “Sussex 6” students have been overturned!

A delegation of Sussex students, including one of the 6, will be marching on Parliament alongside the UCU to defend jobs and education this Saturday. Meet at King’s College London (Strand) at 12pm.

(via Education Activist Network: http://wp.me/pPFyW-1I)

Please forward this message to any mailing lists you have access to.

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EDUCATION ACTIVIST NETWORK MEETING FOR LONDON AND THE SOUTH EAST

Tuesday 16th March: – Education Activist Network meeting for London & SE

Following the success of the over 300-strong Teach-In last month, events have accelerated.

Ballots for strike action are underway or imminent at King’s, UCL and Westminster, along with London FE institutions. Student sit-ins have taken place in Essex, Sussex, UCL and Westminster. Now Sussex UCU are set for strike action following an unprecedented 80% turn out in their ballot, with an overwhelming majority for action, and the break-up of a student occupation by riot police.

There is clearly a need to coordinate action and to share lessons from our collective fight against education cuts, and to build solidarity with the suspended students and victimized lecturers in Sussex. We are calling on activists from London and across the south-east to come together next Tuesday at 6.30pm at King’s (room details to follow):

Organising the resistance: the fight to defend education

Speakers from Sussex, King’s, UCL, Westminster

Tuesday, 16 March 2010
6:30pm
Room tbc
Strand Campus, King’s College London

Thursday 11th March – Demonstrate to Defend the Sussex 6
1pm Library Square

University of Sussex, Brighton
“If groups could attend and bring banners that would be awesome. Formal letters/emails of complaint to Michael Farthing from students, faculties, Sabb officers etc (VC@sussex.ac.uk) would also be appreciated!”

http://defendsussex.wordpress.com/

Thursday 18th March – HEFCE declares cuts, Sussex UCU to strike

Next Thursday is an important date for every education activist.  It is when HEFCE will announce which institutions’ funding will be cut this year and by how much.  It is also when Sussex UCU will be taking a day of strike action against the cuts already announced there.  The UCU branch has also backed the call to reinstate the “Sussex 6″ victimised students.

We must all show solidarity with this crucial dispute.  If you have a union or campaign meeting you would like one of the Sussex 6 to speak at, please contact us at educationactivist@googlemail.com

Videos from the Take Back Education Teach-in:
Videos of Terry Eagleton, Leeds UCU and others are now available on the London Education Activists blog:
http://www.educationactionlondon.blogspot.com

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