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Corporate banks, private businesses, the Senior Management Team, and a hello to new students from Brighton Students Against Cuts!

Hello Everyone!

First, welcome to the many new students who gave us their email addresses at Freshers’ Fair. We’re very glad that you managed to negotiate the casinos, the banks, the army, the police, a host of major corporations, and made your way to our stall. We promise, that’s as bad as it gets at university. Maybe we should do something about it next year?

We have a website, an active facebook group and an active twitter account to keep you up to date with everything cuts related both at University of Brighton and nationally. Last year we occupied the university for two weeks, organised demonstrations in Brighton and travelled to the national demonstrations in London, passed motions at the Students’ Union AGM against the cuts, and had a fun time making loads of new friends. You should expect no less this year. In fact, you should expect a whole lot more.

So, if you’d like to meet lots of nice, politically active students, get involved! And the first thing you should get involved with is coming up real soon:

The Brighton Stop the Cuts Coalition has organised a meeting for students and staff “to plan and coordinate a campaign against fees, cuts and privatisation”. This will be happening on Tuesday 11th October, at 6pm, room C218 in the Checkland Building on the Falmer Campus. A map of the Falmer campus can be found here. Brighton Students Against Cuts will be there and we’d love it if you could be too.

There’s going to be more politics on campuses over the next three years then there has been for decades. Together, we can put University of Brighton back into the hands of students and staff and out of the hands of corporate banks, private businesses and the Senior Management Team. We have no idea which of those three we’re most concerned about.

In solidarity,

Brighton Students Against Cuts

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Important meeting

Hi Everyone

This Wednesday’s meeting (23rd) is an important one to attend if at all possible.  University of Brighton University and College Union (UCU) lecturers go on strike on Thursday 24th; concrete plans for the Trades Union Congress (TUC) protest on Saturday 26th need to be laid down; and the aftermath of the Students’ Union elections needs to be discussed.  There is a huge amount going on right now; we need to respond tactically if we’re to have the greatest impact.  Students, lecturers, support staff and interested parties are all welcome.  The more people we have attending, the more effective we can be.

  • UCU lecturers are striking on Thursday 24th March in defense of their USS pension rights and job security (as well as other interlinked reasons).  We need to decide how best to support them.
  • The TUC ‘March for the Alternative’ demonstration on Saturday 26th March in London is set to be the biggest since the Iraq War demonstrations of 2003.  Do we occupy Hyde Park, or Trafalgar Square, or somewhere else, or simply toe the line of the march?
  • For those who don’t know, Tim, Jade and Calum were unsuccessful in their attempt to be elected as sabbatical officers in the Students’ Union.  We can respond to this in a variety of ways; Tim has touched on a few of those ways in a recent blog post.

Add into the mix the local issue of the threat to the Big Lemon from Brighton and Hove City Buses’ most recent form of ‘competition’, and the global issue of the unfolding NATO assault on Libya, and there’s plenty that needs to be discussed.  Please come along to room G7, 10-11 Pavilion Parade, at 18:30 to contribute.

Jan 26th Meeting

University of Brighton Student Union Elections

Tim met Sam Mallender (University of Brighton Student Union President) to find out more about the upcoming SU elections and the dates and deadlines of it.

  • Nominations are now open
  • To nominate yourself you need five backers to sign saying they will pledge their support to you*
  • 9th February is the closing date for nominations
  • 14th February is the deadline for publicity materials to be forwarded to the SU for your campaign.

*I think this is meant to mean that they have to actually be ready to support your campaigning efforts, and not just sign like a petition.

Although it is felt that ultimately the staff will always have the overriding powering in deciding the direction of the university, it is felt that the stop the cuts movement should make attempts at stimulating the union into being more pro-active in external and internal affairs through providing debate among the staff and students. We need people who can articulate themselves and present solid arguments that might have the potential to encourage greater political activity among the student and staff bodies. We want the UBSU to be more than just some careerist sabbaticals who fill their c.v.’s representing student apathy.

We are exploring a variety of possibilities to achieve this both as individuals and as a collective. There was a general agreement that we back Tim Huzar for what ever position he chooses to nominate himself for. Again the general agreement was that we should support Tim as an individual, and not just a “spokesperson” for the Brighton University Stop The Cuts group. This way he can make a pitch that appeals to the wider student body and potentially achieve a greater potential. We also explored the possibility of running a ‘slate’ nomination for election that would seek to campaign collectively as a group for multiple positions on the union.

This topic is very high on the agenda for next week as there will only be one more opportunity to decide on this collectively. Tim is going to gather some more information to present at the next meeting so if your interested in this, please come to the next meeting and put your point of view across.

More information is available at : http://www.ubsu.net/suelections

Brighton Source Magazine

Brighton Source Magazine wanted to do an article, on students becoming politicised through the student protests, with some comment from us but unfortunately they went to print before it was raised in the meeting. They did however mention us. It will be in the forthcoming  February  edition of source which you can find here as a PDF http://www.brightonsource.co.uk/.

It is also distributed to various university campuses, including halls of residence.

Brighton and Sussex University Joint Meeting

We decided that we will meet on the 9th of February instead of our usual meeting to discuss our common aims. Most likely it will be held on their campus and details to follow.

Coach Tickets

Brighton UCU have booked a coach for the demo on saturday, tickets are £8.40, available to staff and students.

Get in touch with either (depending on your campus)

Vicky Margree  (Pavilion Parade) – V.Margree@brighton.ac.uk

Patricia McManus (Elsewhere) – P.Mcmanus@brighton.ac.uk

“Con-Dem-Ed” Leaflets

We want to create a flyer that targets student groups in a more holistic sense. We have felt that our previous flyers have focused to much on our own issues and this gives others the impression of self-interest. Whilst it is true that a lot of what people do in general can be attributed to self-interest, we want to engage and inform key groups listed below. This list is not exhaustive but illustrates the groups we need to engage.

  • International students
  • Teaching students
  • Health students
  • Union members
  • General public / apathetic students

UCU Ballot – February

The UCU are balloting for strike action in some time in February and considering the tremendous solidarity and support they have given us we are looking to flyer lecturers and students. We proposed to make a separate leaflet for lecturers to encourage them to ballot for action and one for students to encourage them to support their action. A pamphlet was also suggested. More details to follow.

It is imperative that we show them our support.

Update

See here for a map.

To coincide with the London lobby of Parliament when the vote on EMA is being taken there is a protest at 16:00 this Wednesday, Old Steine.

The first issue of a Brighton Stop the Cuts newsletter, to be distributed around UoB campuses, is almost ready to go out.  If anyone would like to contribute to the next one feel free to email this account with a sub five hundred word article.  All articles relating to the broad stop the cuts movement are welcome, although we haven’t worked out the editorial proceedures yet.  Anyone interesting in helping with photocopying / distribution / anything else please do get in touch, it’s still very early days.

Finally, University of Birmingham is in occupation!  More info at their blog.

UPDATE: Meeting time adjustment to 7pm – 12/01/2011

There has been a slight change in the meeting time this week because of a prior booking.

We will be meeting in G7, Pavilion Parade at 7pm onwards.

See you there.

Events in the New Year / January

Just a quick update on some upcoming events in the New Year. Hopefully most of us have had the opportunities to fill our bellies and get down to some seasonal merriment over the winter break because we are going to need it!

2011 is set to be a monumental year for student activism and solidarity with fellow movements and unions. It will see the greater unity of student movements and trade unions coming together to oppose the cuts to public spending. If you have any events you would like mentioned here please get in contact with us.

First on the agenda for the new year is:

05/01/2011 – ORGANISATIONAL MEETING – VENUE TBC

We will be meeting to discuss our plans for the coming year and brainstorm some ideas about how we continue after the suspension of the occupation. This is a very critical meeting and we hope to see as many people as possible. Please do not slack off and leave it for the rest of us. Also if you have any issues you would like raised and put forward into the agenda, please either drop us a line here or the Facebook group.

Also venue is to be confirmed.

07/01/2011 – NICK CLEGG’S BIRTHDAY

It’s our favourite student “representative’s” birthday and as a special thanks for representing us and using our votes to support such a wonderfully progressive coalition, we encourage people to come up with creative ways to show how much we care. Send him a birthday card, bake him a cake or organise a street carnival to show your support. Let’s make it a day he won’t forget so readily, like his pledges and election promises.

Facebook event can be found here – http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=134892613234379

11/01/2011 – SCRAPPING OF EMA PARLIAMENT VOTE

The National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts (NCAFC) have called for a day of national action on this day because they expect parliament to vote on the scrapping of EMA. Unfortunately, there is little information surrounding this event. There is no official agenda to vote on the issues on the parliament website and some more verification should be sought before hand.

NCAFC is citing this website (http://emacampaign.org.uk/) as a resource for campaigning material and information.

Here is a link to the Facebook event – http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=138065529585690

22/01/2011 – NCAFC CONFERENCE – UCL

The National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts (NCAFC) are organising a conference at the University College London. They hope to reflect on the student activism of 2010 and bring together as many organisations, movments, unions and otherwise concerned people into a common debate. As well as consolidating the experiences of the various movements, they hope to debate about how to campaign democratically and effectively.

More information will be available via their website and their Facebook group.

Facebook event – http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=184072304938176

26/01/2011 – NATIONAL WALKOUT/ DAY X4 TO DEFEND EMA

Again another The National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts (NCAFC) event calling for students to walkout and take part in local demonstrations, begin occupations or otherwise protest about the cuts to EMA.

Facebook event – http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=176843452345159

29/01/2011 – NATIONAL DEMO – LONDON AND MANCHESTER

Once again another The National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts (NCAFC) event being organised in London to coincide with the Young Members Network of the civil service union PCSUCU and others demonstration in Manchester. There is a bit of confusions about why there are two events but this is clarified in greater detail here (http://anticuts.com/2010/12/20/a-two-of-two-demos-demonstrate-in-london-or-manchester-29-january/), there is also a copy of a letter from Aaron Porter explaining the NUS’s stance on both events. It seems that Aaron Porter, tactical genius and fence-hopper he is, has spoken out. he is against the holding of two events on the same day, calling them tactically invalid and “unhelpful”. As we should all know by now, Aaron Porters tactical prowess is rather limited and he seems more focused on police appeasement andnotdemocratic action.

Essentially they are two separate events with two slightly different perspectives on public sector cuts that are holding complimentary demonstrations on the same day. Each site has broadened its support base to allow a greater number of people to attend either event and this is reflected in the union support of both events. Regardless of Aaron Porters perspective on the events, it is impractical for some students to travel to Manchester and vica-versa.

Here are some links on the event.

http://anticuts.com/2010/12/20/a-two-of-two-demos-demonstrate-in-london-or-manchester-29-january/

http://educationactivistnetwork.wordpress.com/2010/12/22/the-struggle-for-education-continues-demonstrate-29th-january-in-london-manchester/

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/dec/20/students-trade-union-support-protest

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/new-tuition-fees-protest-aims-to-attract-thousands-2165202.html

Facebook Event for Manchester – http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=174574149230929

Facebook Event for London – http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=184694258211136

30/01/2011 – NATIONAL ASSEMBLY FOR EDUCATION – EDUCATION ACTIVIST NETWORK

The Education Activist Network organised a meeting on Tuesday the 14th of December to organise and set-up National Assembly for Education. This will be their first official meeting to discuss the agenda.

More information can be found here (http://educationactivistnetwork.wordpress.com/2010/12/17/report-from-the-coordination-meeting-of-a-national-assembly-of-education/).

Facebook event – http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=131135960280538

 

Some Brilliant Events!

Banner Making 5pm Pavilion Parade

Today at 5pm we will be making banners and placards to take up to the forthcoming demonstration in London. Please come along and get creative, share our ideas and help each other out.

Find us at:

University of Brighton, Pavilion Parade, Brighton (Opposite the Pavilion Gardens in-between the start of St James Street and Edward Street)

Whilst there will be a selection of materials on hand to create some banners and placards here is a suggested list of materials we might need.

  • Wood for banner polls and placards
  • Dust sheets
  • Duct tape
  • Staple gun/stapler
  • Paints
  • Fabrics
  • String
  • Plastic / strong card
  • Cleaning materials to remove paint

Let’s make the 9th of December a day to remember for both the students against the cuts and for the pathetic coalition Con-Dem of shame.

Much love and solidarity from us all!

Fund-raising and How To Help

Day X – 9th December – London

We desperately need to fund raise for our forthcoming day of action in London on the 9th of December. We are looking to subsidise the cost of travelling up to London so that we can encourage wider participation. Unfortunately the student unions are giving us no love for this demonstration because they have decided to support local action on the 8th of December instead.

How You Can Help

We need people to show their support for us in any way you can. We are looking for people from all walks of life, political alignment and background to get involved with us. During the day there are lectures and discussion on some of the underlying issues surrounding the philosophy of these cuts and what they mean. There are also talks given about the historical context of what we are doing and how to relate our struggle to the struggles of others in the country. We want people to have an informed opinion about the cuts that’s free from shackles of the mainstream media. Below I will list some things that we are in constant need for:

  • Food
  • Petition Signatures
  • Wider participation
  • Journalism and news coverage
  • Financial contributions towards material costs
  • Union support

Finally I will list some ideas of other things you could do to help us

  • Talk to people as many people as possible to mention what is going on. Some people who might be unaware might be sympathetic
  • Volunteer to flyer
  • Repost links
  • Tweet about us

Morning Update:

Occupation Update:

G7 Pavilion Parade – come and join us here throughout the day for banner making, discussion and occupation.

The evening schedule for later is as follows:

5.00pm Public Meeting ‘Alternatives to the cuts – What should education look like?’

7.00pm Organising Meeting

8.30pm Film Screening ‘John Pilger – Documentaries that changed the world’ and dinner