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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

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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!