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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.

WANTED: Articles, Testimonies and Creative Expression

Brighton Students Against Cuts, are looking for people to share, collaborate and contribute articles, essays and personal accounts of both the occupation and student demonstrations. We would also welcome any footage, media projects and art projects that have been inspired by the re-awakening of student activism.

Whilst a lot of information contributed towards the Facebook group, more specifically the links, is good, it can becoming difficult for people to find those opinions, photos and articles. Even with the benefits that social networking provides in the form of dynamic news feeds it often becomes cluttered and un-organised. This has its place but it is felt that something more coherent and less erratic needs to occur. It has been suggested that those who wish to share their views in a more academic and creative way, have a place to express themselves.

If you would like to write an article specifically for this blog or you have anything that you may have posted on personal blogs or otherwise that you would like to share then we welcome your participation. We are really looking to keep the intellectual momentum going now that the occupation has ended and we could no longer hold public discussions and lectures. The internet is the natural progression in facilitating free, accessible knowledge on the public spending cuts and the ideological shifts they represent in politics.

Email: brightonagainstcuts@gmail.com

Below is an appeal by members of the UCU for testimonies from people who attended the student demonstrations in Brighton.

STUDENT DEMONSTRATIONS IN BRIGHTON: WEDNESDAY 24TH AND TUESDAY 30TH NOVEMBER: WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU?

Members of the university lecturers’ union, the University College Union (UCU) have supported students’ protests against raising university fees. Some of you may have seen our pink banner on your demonstrations. We are concerned that young people were not treated appropriately, especially by the police, and would like to use our skills as researchers based at the Universities of Brighton and Sussex to build up an accurate picture of young people’s experiences on Wednesday 24th and Tuesday 30th November.

If you attended either demonstration, or both, we would like to invite you write down anything you think is important about your day. Just use your own words to express what happened to you on Wednesday 24th or Tuesday 30th: what you saw, what you heard, how you felt. If you can remember times and places, that is helpful but not essential.

We do not need know your names. We realise that students on the 24th and 30th November were filmed by the police or asked to give their names but did not wish to be recorded in this way. We would never publish or pass on names of children or adults without consent under any circumstances. It is simply not ethical to do so. Your age and whether you attend school, college or university will be useful for us as we try to understand the experience of different groups of students but that is all we need.

Please send your writing to Louise or Lucy at the addresses below.

Louise Purbrick
l.purbrick@bton.ac.uk

Lucy Robinson
l.robinson@sussex.ac.uk

Weekend Timetable

Here is the timetable for the 3rd of December to the 5th of December. This will be updated as the weekend progresses. We have some potentially very big names coming down on Saturday the 4th. Stay tuned!

Friday 3rd of December

5:00pm – Talk on Eco-socialism with Graham Sharpe

Saturday 4th of December

12:00pm – Tour of tax dodgers – Meet at the Clock Tower, Brighton Town Centre

5:00pm – “Schools as Violence” with Tim Huzar

Sunday 5th of December

5:00pm – “Cultural Memory In Campaigning” Workshop with Lucy Pearce


Reinvigorated Solidarity

After yesterdays fantastic speech by Gary Hassel from the RMT and the emergency meeting that was called we have been reinvigorated. Gary Hassel’s speech was spoken from the heart and was very touching. His no-nonsense and pragmatic approach highlighted some of the issues of trade unionism. He complimented us for achieving in 3 days what a official union could only hope to achieve in 3 months. Both the occupation and Gary extended the hand of friendship and united in solidarity.

Very rightly the unions believe that our struggle is only the tip of the iceberg and the Con-Dem government is praying on the apathy of the public to only see what lies on the surface. Alongside their over-confidence in apathy, the current government is attempting to use the age-old tactic of ‘divide and conquer’. Those who have lived through the Thatcher era have the capacity to see past the smoke and mirrors being explored by the current coalition. They have not, however, acknowledge the power of the democratic youth and their ability to organise and mobilise themselves against such tactics. David Cameron with his first class degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) seems not to have learnt from the lessons of history. It would seem that Cameron must have been asleep during his philosophy lectures and wide-eyed with greed during his economics lectures.

After the raw emotion from Gary Hassel we entered into a heated but very necessary dialectic on the future of the occupation. We needed to challenge the very notion of being here and reassess the effectiveness of using the occupation as a tactic to meet our goals. The debate stimulated our minds and further united us in solidarity in our common struggle. After our affirmations, we entered a phase of reorganisation and began anew.

It was very clear that our focus should be in spreading awareness of the Day X demonstration in London on the 9th of December and getting as much attendance as possible. We will start flyering and liaising with local businesses and charities.

Also in the works is a redesign and thematic consolidation of our internet presence. So far the YouTube channel has been reworked to include the stop the cuts logo and has been recoloured purple to represent our university colours. In the works is a redesign of the blog layout and theme, a comprehensive photo stream and a unification of the various social media streams.

Also we decided that we would continue the occupation for those who either were forced to leave or decided to reassess the effectiveness of their occupations. If any students from those occupations would like to join us, they are more than welcome!

For those who are facing huge legal costs that have resulted from their evictions, we are doing our best to fund-raise to make a donation of solidarity. We will stand united, after all this is our revolution!

Stay tuned for more announcements!

Much love and solidarity from the occupation and stop the cuts movement!