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Student Rebellion

LONDON METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY IN OCCUPATION

Students at London Metropolitan University are occupying the Graduate Centre in opposition to the proposed closure of almost two thirds of the university.

The cuts at London Met are of an absolutely devastating scale and demand a response from across our movement. We encourage everyone to rush messages of support to wearelondonmet@gmail.com and to send representatives to the teach-in on Saturday:

We AreLondonMet – Education not Privatisation

Saturday May 7th, 10am-4pm

Graduate Centre, London Met University, Holloway Road

Followed by social in the Rocket Bar, to celebrate the winning the London Living Wage for all workers at London Met.

Flyer: http://www.londonmetunison.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/LonMetTeachInA5_HiRes-1.pdf
Draft Programme: http://www.londonmetunison.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/We-Are-London-Met-programme.pdf

This event is FREE and OPEN to all the community but PLEASE register in advance, by emailing  su@londonmet.ac.uk
For more info: http://www.wearelondonmet.wordpress.com

Ian Tomlinson Verdict Vindicates Protestors

The jury at the inquest into the death of Ian Tomlinson has now found that he was unlawfully killed at the G20 protests, opening the door towards the possible prosecution of a police officer. Tomlinson’s death has exposed the violent and political way in which protests are often policed, and the subsequent lack of accountability on the part of the police stands in stark contrast to the harsh sentences often handed out to protestors. 

After the violent police tactics on the student demonstrations, the charging of Alfie Meadows and others, and the mass arrests of Fortnum & Mason occupiers, we need to remind the police that protesting against the government’s attacks on our education is not a crime.

Emergency Open Meeting – Stand Up To These Attacks On Our Right To Protest

Thursday 5 May, 6:30pm

Friends Meeting House,173 Euston Road,LondonNW1 2BJ

With some introductions by

ALFIE MEADOWS – arrested protester

JOHN McDONNELL MP

FORTNUM & MASONS OCCUPIER and defendant

NINAPOWER-SeniorLecturerRoehamptonUniversity

LAURIE PENNY – Journalist

CHARLIE VEITCH – Love Police

JIM WOLFREYS -LondonRegion UCU/Education Activist Network

UKUNCUT

Demonstration and press conference at the Fortnum & Mason hearing

Monday 9 May

9am demo followed by 9:30am press conference

City ofWestminsterMagistrates Court,70 Horseferry Road

For more information:

www.defendtherighttoprotest.org

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Defend-the-Right-to-Protest/178594298855659

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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)

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

The Ockress: http://www.theockress.com

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Privatisation

EDUCATION NOT PRIVATISATION: A TEACH-IN 

London Metropolitan University– Education not Privatisation – Teach-in on Saturday 7th May

Stand up to new attacks on the right to protest!

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We are London Met – Education not Privatisation: http://www.londonmetunison.org.uk/2011/04/we-are-london-met-education-not-privatisation/

There is an ideological attack on the publicly funded university and access to higher education for working people. In response, staff and students in universities have been holding their own ‘teach-ins’ looking at education that is not for the market as an alternative to the Con-Dem’s proposals for education for the rich.

Come and join our teach-in on Saturday May 7th, 10am-4pm at the Graduate Centre, London Met University, Holloway Road

Followed by social in the Rocket Bar, to celebrate the winning of the London Living Wage for all workers at London Met.

Download the flyer (high resolution PDF, double sided A5), and contact us for colour-printed copies of leaflets and posters:
Flyer: http://www.londonmetunison.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/LonMetTeachInA5_HiRes-1.pdf

Draft Programme: http://www.londonmetunison.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/We-Are-London-Met-programme.pdf
This event is FREE and OPEN to all the community but PLEASE register in advance, by emailing  su@londonmet.ac.uk

And more info will be shortly available at http://www.wearelondonmet.wordpress.com

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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)

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub,Bangor, northWales)  

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

The Ockress: http://www.theockress.com

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Glenn Rikowski

14th MARXISM AND EDUCATION: RENEWING DIALOGUES (MERD) SEMINAR

Understanding the Current Crisis in Higher Education
MARXISM AND EDUCATION: RENEWING DIALOGUES XIV

A Day Seminar

10.30 – 4.30
Saturday April 9th 2011
Institute of Education, University of London
20 Bedford Way, WC1
Room 828

Speakers to include:
Patrick Ainley, Martin Allen, Sarah Amsler, Joyce Canaan, Clyde Chitty, Chris Knight

The seminar is free but places are limited.

To reserve a place and receive a numbered ticket, please contact Alpesh Maisuria at: amaisuria@ioe.ac.uk
A waiting list will come into operation when all the places have been allocated.

Please forward this invite to those who may be interested.

Convenors: Tony Green and Alpesh Maisuria

The MERD Seminars were co-founded by Tony Green and Glenn Rikowski in 2001. The First MERD Seminar took place at the University of London, Institute of Education on 22nd October 2002. For details of the first ten MERD Seminars, see: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=events&sub=MERD

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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)

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

The Ockress: http://www.theockress.com

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Higher Education

REIMAGINE THE UNIVERSITY

How could we transform the university, how could students and lecturers learn differently through more creative, critical and empowering processes, is it even possible to transform the university, or do we need to create an entirely different system?

We invite you to be a part of exploring and demonstrating an alternative educational system over three days. Be it a workshop, a lecture a discussion a film an event, we are calling… on students, lecturers and staff and others to come together and show another university is possible.

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For a long time the university has been undergoing a process of privatisation.

Universities are now run as businesses, with students as consumers and lecturers as creators of products – knowledge has become a commodity that can be bought and sold. The sole purpose of university has become to train docile workers to perform functions within a capitalist system, to contribute to the enrichment of the few rather than the collective social improvement of all.

The recent Browne Report, written by former executive of BP, takes this process to a whole new level- proposing a removal on the cap on fees which will create an even more hierarchical education system, reducing research funding and rising fees to an estimated £10,000 a year. All this results in students taking on more debt for the same education, with lecturers being forced to carry out ‘economies exercises’ and staff working longer hours and harder for less money.

It is clear that the university system is becoming bankrupt and in need of profound change, but no-one can see an alternative, a solution, a way out.

As workers and students at different places within the university system, we can see a different way forward, we don’t have all the answers, but we have many ideas and are sure there are many more out there. We are putting on a three-day event across the university to facilitate the process of re-imagining the higher education system. We would like to explore how universities can become a place where creative and critical thought is fostered, where participants teach what inspires them, learn what they are passionate about, where people share and develop their skills and knowledge in order to create a more equitable and sustainable world, not simply for jobs and profit.

To be held at University of Leeds & Leeds Metropolitican University 24th -26th November

Precise locations and workshops to be announced on our website: http://www.reallyopenuniversity.org

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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)

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

The Ockress: http://www.theockress.com

Wavering on Ether: http://blog.myspace.com/glennrikowski

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com