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Liam Burns (NUS UK President):

One thing we’ve got to understand and get better at is our campaigning techniques. Don’t get me wrong, I do not deride what Quebec students managed to pull off, I’m not saying that the actions in Chile weren’t powerful and inspirational but they are in very, very different political and economic climates. … We are not going to deride those tactics but we need to have 21st-century campaigning when dealing with 21st-century problems …

Patrick Kingsley:

The Chilean movement only became so radical through a similarly lengthy debate, she says. “2011 was the product of 10 years of debate,” adds Paul Floor Pilquil, Vallejo’s colleague at the University of Chile student union (Fech). A decade ago, he says, Chile’s main student bodies were as bogged down in the smaller issues as they are now in Britain. “But then we started to connect all the specific problems.”

Liam Burns essentially says that Chilean students only saw success because they’re living in some backwards state. Leaders of the Chilean student movement say we’re basically playing catch up with how the NUS is attempting to deal with the issues students in the UK are facing.
I know who I’d rather pay attention to (not the one from the organisation that’s leaving UK students out to dangle over access to free education but the one that’s actually forcing ministerial resignations.)
Quotes taken from: http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2012/nov/21/student-march-eggs-anger and http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/20/chile-student-rebel-camila-vallejo respectively.

NO TO COLIN OFFLER, NOT MY BLOCK OF 15!

Colin Offler, despite being perfectly happy to enhance the democratic decrepitude of UWESU, thinks he should be on the NUS Block of 15, the national executive of the NUS. Somehow he seems to think that a spectre of suspicious electoral activity, a complete lack of any real activity and simply kowtowing to anything that the UWE board of governors asks is the sort of CV that makes him good for the position.

I urge anybody who follows me to contact delegates from their respective institutions and urge them not to support this careerist in his bid to take his tragic incompetence to a national level.

He’s held UWESU back for 2 years, don’t let him hold back the NUS as well.

dumbassfils:

occupy a stately manor home

occupy a literal castle with turrets and suits of armor

occupy disneyland

Unfortunately, St Matts was built in the 1800s as a teaching college and has never been a stately manor.  It has no suits of armour 😦  And we only occupied the buildings built more recently in the 60s or 70s, so we didn’t get to hang out in the turrets …

But yes, Disneyland is our next target!

Students of UWE Occupation proceeded, on Tuesday night, to take the management/administrative building on St Matt’s campus.  It was held overnight and in the morning was kept closed to prevent scabs from breaking the strike.

Come Wednesday morning the majority of occupiers left to support picket lines at the various campuses and afterwards joined the main march in the centre of Bristol.  With 20k unionists and supporters out marching, this was the biggest demonstration Bristol has ever seen.

The university Vice Chancellor, Steve West, threatened with the skeleton crew who had been left manning the fort with police intervention and, if they resisted, suspension with the expectation of suspension.  As occupiers who were able rushed back to support those still inside, the lock was removed and the occupation ended.

An occupation that lasted three days, supported the biggest UK strike in living memory, and put the fear into management.

Oh … and the UWE flag got switched out for a Red Flag.  Because … well just because 😉

philosophy-of-praxis:

A kids, arts and crafts, pink heart stamp, less than half full, poster-paint pen which happened to have been left in a bag that was brought on a demo (carrying mostly food and drinks for the day), which upon searching by police without legitimate grounds to suspect criminal activity (we were a group of students walking from our coach drop off to the demonstration start point, which happened to take us through parliament square, where anybody under the age of 30 and not wearing a suit was having their personal space invaded by police stop and searches), was deemed to be an item of such severe threat to public safety that the individual in possession of the pen had to be arrested.

Welcome to the November 9 student demonstration, so heavily policed before you even get to the march it’s a wonder any people made it there at all.

There was a little kerfuffle at the beginning (first this was being shared, then it was going to be double checked with the solicitor, now it’s being shared again) and as ever I’m the last to know.

But this time round please watch, pick up your dropped jaw, and reblog.  First arrest of the day on the N9 student demo and it was a load of bullshit.

A kids, arts and crafts, pink heart stamp, less than half full, poster-paint pen which happened to have been left in a bag that was brought on a demo (carrying mostly food and drinks for the day), which upon searching by police without legitimate grounds to suspect criminal activity (we were a group of students walking from our coach drop off to the demonstration start point, which happened to take us through parliament square, where anybody under the age of 30 and not wearing a suit was having their personal space invaded by police stop and searches), was deemed to be an item of such severe threat to public safety that the individual in possession of the pen had to be arrested.

Welcome to the November 9 student demonstration, so heavily policed before you even get to the march it’s a wonder any people made it there at all.

My legs ache so much, my voice is on it’s way out and my phone is out of battery.  I am home, I am safe, I did some good shouting.

Five minutes after getting off the coach we were stop and searched.  My mate got arrested for having a watercolour pen in his bag for being “equipped to commit criminal damage”.  Hopefully videos to follow within the next couple of days once people have processed their footage.

Absolute bullshit.

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

Camila Vallejo, Proud of Being Communist

The Chilean student leader doesn’t mince her words.

“The ideas of communists today have real significance for they make sense in the context of people’s awakening,” said Camila Vallejo, a militant of the Communist Youths and one of the main leaders of the student movement which has been demanding structural reforms of education for six months.

In dialogue with the foreign press, Vallejo said that inequality in Chile “cannot last any longer, it is not sustainable, people don’t tolerate it any more — hence the necessity to raise consciousness but also to analyze what causes inequality and to combat it in an organized manner.  That is what we have been proposing, throughout history, as communists.”

“If they ask me what sense it makes to be communist now, I say: more sense than ever.  I feel very proud of being communist at this moment,” Vallejo added.

Regarding the student movement she leads, Vallejo emphasized that it must “resist and transcend,” recognizing that it finds itself in a “very difficult” moment due to being worn out by a long period of mobilizations.

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fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

Commander Simon Pountain, of London’s Metropolitan Police, said around 4,000 officers will be on duty for the protest against a hike in tuition fees and cuts to funding, with organisers expecting about 10,000 students to take part.

Police have been given authorisation to use new measures amid heightened fears of violence following the summer’s riots, and plastic bullets and armoured vehicles are in reserve in case serious unrest erupts, said Pountain.

Two cops for every student, and the potential of baton rounds?  Wednesday is going to get interesting I guess …

Heavy police presence for London student demo

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la-vie-est-politiques:

akagoldfish:

theredchannels:

debrumas replied to your post: Wow I’m getting so tired of all of these blogs that are otherwise very good constantly fighting about what all the different “isms” mean or don’t mean

But what if we are a bunch of…

My problem wasn’t with saying that people should get up and do something but the inference that students don’t, whereas I know a lot of students who do.  Myself being one of them.

Also I was really drunk when I got in last night, which I think probably was the greatest contributing factor.

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