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STUDENT WEEK OF ACTION: 3 – 7 FEBRUARY 2014

Stop the sell-off of student loans!

Check out the facebook event for more details.

In November the government sold off student loans worth £900m to a private debt collector for the bargain basement price of £160m, in a deal which includes all the student loans taken out before 1998.
But this outrageous decision is likely to be just round one of the ‘Great Student Loan Giveaway’.
Students on campuses across the country will be taking action against this sell-off.

Student Week of Action: http://www.nus.org.uk/cy/news/student-week-of-action-starts-around-the-country/

http://www.thestudentassembly.org.uk/3/category/week-of-action/1.html

http://www.ucu.org.uk/5983

http://www.independent.co.uk/student/news/fight-begins-against-proposed-privatisation-of-student-loan-book-8955009.html

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‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

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Education and Economy

Education and Economy

 

Education Crisis

NEW FRONTS IN THE FIGHT FOR EDUCATION

1. Thursday 24th February: Day X4

Walk out for education

Today’s papers have been full of reports that Oxford and Cambridge are set to charge the maximum £9,000 tuition fees and speculation that other universities could soon follow suit. An education from a top university could soon cost over £30,000 in fees alone. Leading vice-chancellors have already publicly urged MPs to back huge rises in tuition fees, a measure they believe is ‘reasonable’ – but these same Vice Chancellors are some of the highest paid bosses in the public sector with most receiving more than £200,000 a year.

The Vice Chancellors’ lobby group Universities UK will be holding its Spring Conference on Thursday 24th February – and students will be taking to the streets in protest for Day X4. Walkouts and protests in London will converge in a mass picket of the Universities UK conference, and this will be replicated by campus protests across the country.

For more information download the flyer to or join the event on Facebook (and invite all your friends):

* Flyer for LONDON

* Flyer for OUTSIDE LONDON

Event page on FACEBOOK

2. Support the Strike

Students and staff unite for education

Last term students walked out and occupied to try and defeat the introduction of tuition fees and abolition of EMA. This term it could be our lecturers who take action. Every UCU member in Higher and Further Education is being balloted over strike action to defend jobs, pay and pensions.

The experience at King’s, Sussex and Leeds last year shows that when students come out and mobilise in support of strike action by staff it creates a united defence of education that can win real results. We encourage all student supporters of EAN to do everything they can to get their classmates to support the strike.

EAN strike leaflet

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

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Capitalist Crisis

DAVID McNALLY SPEAKS ON THE GLOBAL SLUMP: THE ECONOMICS AND POLITICS OF CRISIS AND RESISTANCE

David McNally, author of Global Slump: The Economics and Politics of Crisis and Resistance analyzes the global financial meltdown as a systemic crisis. He argues that – far from having ended – the crisis has ushered in a whole period of worldwide economic and political turbulence.

Analyzing the massive intervention of the world’s central banks to stave off a Great Depression, he shows that, while averting a complete meltdown, this laid the basis for recurring crises for poor and working class people: job loss, increased poverty and inequality, and deep cuts to social programs, as well as the intensification of racism and attacks on migrant workers.

Only real resistance to corporate power and corporate policies can change this. David traces new patterns of social and political resistance – from housing activism and education struggles, to mass strikes and protests.

You can listen to David McNally speak about these issues at ‘Equal Time Radio’: http://equaltimeradio.com/?q=node/312

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Capitalism

Capitalism

NEOLIBERALISM, EDUCATION AND THE POLITICS OF CAPITAL

 

A new paper by Ravi Kumar at ‘Radical Notes’

Read: Neoliberalism, Education and the Politics of Capital: Searching Possibilities of Resistance at http://radicalnotes.com/content/view/150/1/ (this is a modified and expanded version of the paper that appeared in the recent issue of Social Scientist)

Ravi Kumar, Ph.D. || Assistant Professor || Department of Sociology || Jamia Millia Islamia University || Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar Marg, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi – 110025
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Radical Notes: www.radicalnotes.com

Recent Book (2010): Ghetto and Within: Class, Identity, State and Politics of Mobilisation (Aakar Books)
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Blog: http://againstcapital.wordpress.com and http://againstcapital.blog.com
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LA LUCHA CONTINUA

Ravi Kumar

 

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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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