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Jarrow March 2011 comes to Nottingham – Saturday 15th October 2011

Reposted from: http://nottssos.org.uk/2011/10/01/jarrow-march-2011-comes-to-nottingham-saturday-15th-october-2011/

At the start of October, Youth Fight for Jobs (YFJ) and other activists started a 330 mile march from Jarrow to London. “Why? Because we’ve had enough, and we know that it doesn’t have to be this way.”It is 75 years since the first Jarrow March/Crusade of October 1936, when mass unemployment and extreme poverty in the north-east of England drove 200 men to march in protest from Jarrow to London.

Notts Save Our Services will be welcoming the 2011 march on Saturday October 15th, on a day which is exactly 30 years since Norman Tebbit spoke his infamous words at a Tory party conference after the riots of 1981: “I grew up in the ’30s with an unemployed father. He didn’t riot. He got on his bike and looked for work, and he kept looking ’til he found it.” Seems like they haven’t learnt much as we have experienced both widespread riots AND major job cuts in 2011.

Notts SOS is to welcome the marchers on the Forest Recreation Ground, and march with them to Market Square, where there will be a joint demonstration against the cuts. The route of the March has been agreed and marchers will approach the Forest from Nottingham Road (Basford) for a brief meeting up on the Forest Recreation Ground, then the march will go down Mansfield Road into the city centre ending up in the Market Square.

This will be a major anti-cuts day for Nottingham and everyone is welcome to join the march and/or rally in the square against austerity, unemployment and education cuts. The march will also be welcomed in Mansfield the day before (see comment to this article for details).

The itinerary for October 15th is as follows:
10.00 Meet at Hucknall Ambulance Station on Annesley Road. Continue down Annesley Road to Hucknall Market Place.
10.15 Rally at Hucknall Market Place (for about 10 mins)
10.30 Leave Market Place and continue down High Street. High Street becomes Portland Street and then Nottingham Road.
11.00 Straight on at roundabout onto Hucknall Lane. Hucknall Lane becomes Main Street.
11.30 Turn left onto Bulwell Market Place for 20 min rally and 10 min break.
12.00 Leave Market place on Highbury Road. Continue as Highbury Road becomes Vernon Road.
12.30 Take left fork onto Nottingham Road. Continue as Nottingham Road becomes Sherwood Rise.
13.00 Cross Gregory Boulevard onto Forest Recreation Ground. Notts SOS demonstration assembles here – around 30 mins.
13.30 Leave Forest, turning right onto Mansfield Road. Right onto Upper Parliament Street. Left onto King Street. Continue on to Old Market Square.
14.30 Rally on Old Market Square.

Marchers will continue the march on Sunday 16th from Nottingham Trent Univ Clifton campus.

Sunday 16th October – Nottingham to Loughborough
10.30am Meet Clifton Lane (outside Nottingham Trent Uni)
10.40 Continue down Clifton Lane
11.00 Take first exit at roundabout and continue down Clifton Lane
12.15 Continue through Nottingham Road to Gotham
1.15 Nottingham Road becomes Leake Road.
Arriving 5.30pm in Loughborough with a Rally

All welcome – see you there!

24 hour Occupation of Nottingham Market Square 15th October

Reposted from http://nottingham.indymedia.org/events/2071

24 hour occupation of Nottingham Market Square

We aim to occupy the Market Square Area of Nottingham from Saturday 15th October 2011 as part of an ongoing NON-VIOLENT/ PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATION.

This is a leaderless movement for a direct democracy of the people!

EVERYONE’S opinion will be valid and valued.

Part of a global movement in solidarity with other occupations across the globe.

We are the 99%

Contact email: occupynottingham@hotmail.co.uk

Students to March on the City – London – Nov 9th

www.anticuts.com

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=172700659466128 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Students to march on the City

Tens of thousands of students predicted to march

against fees, cuts and privatisation on November 9th

National demonstration will go to the City, rather than to Parliament

Students plan to derail the government’s HE white paper

Demonstration a key date in the autumn of resistance, ahead of the November 30th strike action

The National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts is expecting tens of thousands of students to come to London on November 9th for a national demonstration to defend education from fees, cuts and privatisation.

Following a student assembly on 9th October, the demonstration now has a route. It will march from the University of London Union (ULU) at 12 noon, and will go on to the City. Police negotiations will start later this week.

The demonstration was called by the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts and is officially supported by the National Union of Students (NUS).

The government’s higher education white paper, announced this summer, is one of the main targets for the student movement. It has been attacked by academics, students and university heads for its implications for access and marketisation.

In the lead-up to and aftermath of the November 9th demonstration, more walkouts and campus occupations are anticipated.

Michael Chessum, from the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts and a member of the NUS national executive, said: “The government’s HE white paper is a threat to the whole idea of education in Britain. Education should be a public service, accessible to all – not a corporate enterprise.”

He added: “In marching on the City, we will be sending a clear message that we will not allow the government to get away with handing over education to the markets. Last year MPs betrayed a generation of people when they voted for a tripling of tuition fees and scrapped EMA.The fight for education is not over, and we are determined to set the tone for the rest of the autumn.”

Edward Bauer, Vice President Education at Birmingham University, said: “City traders speculated with our homes, jobs and public services, causing misery for millions. Now the government is demanding cuts to our education and the privatisation of our universities. The city lies at the heart of the political and economic problem that caused the crisis, and it is there that we will make our voices heard loudest.”

Mark Bergfeld, from the Education Activist Network, said: “Students and lectuers will use the demonstration on November 9 as a building block to the public sector general strike on November 30. This demonstration seeks to bring together all those academics, students and educationalists together who are fighting for a university not tied to the market. Our education is not their business.”

Maev McDaid, President at the Liverpool University Guild, said: “The white paper leaves us with no choice – we have to oppose the intrusion of the market on to our campuses. There is a serious concern that a whole generation of young people will be excluded from higher education.”

Luke Durigan, Education and Campaigns Officer at UCL Union, said: “The White Paper is more than just an attack on public funding for universities; it threatens to completely recast the idea of a public university. The government is carrying out these plans without democratic mandate, students and staff are determined to put a stop to them.”

ENDS

NOTES AND CONTACTS

The National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts is a coalition of students and workers fighting against fees and cuts in education. It was one of the main organisations that organised the student movement in the 2010-11 academic year.

For further comment or appearances, please call 07964791663

The NCAFC’s website will be hosting regular updates at: http://www.anticuts.com

Make Music, Not Cuts II

Join us next Wednesday for an end-of-term celebration fundraiser for Nottingham Students Against Fees and Cuts.

This time we’re gonna change things up and combine the music with delicious vegan goodness. Home-cooked vegan food will be served from 7pm.

Featuring acoustic sets by fantastic local musical acts, including:

* Sideways Falling*
* Louis Cypher*
* Kaben*
* Motormouf*
* El Dia*

We will have soft drinks but we won’t have any alcohol, so feel free to bring your own. There will also be a stall where you can buy one of our t-shirts featuring artwork by Sam.

MAKE MUSIC, NOT CUTS II

Wednesday June 15, 2011
6:30pm – 10:00pm
Crocus Cafe
2 Church Square Lenton
Lenton, NG7 1SL

Suggested donation £5

Administrate This! 19th of April

ADMINISTRATE THIS!
TENT CITY AND MARCH AT THE AUA CONFERENCE
19
th of April 2011 UNIVERSITY PARK CAMPUS, NOTTINGHAM

On April the 18th -20th the Association of University Administrators will be meeting in Nottingham to discuss the future of Higher Education in the UK. As the government’s plans to lift the cap on tuition fees to £9000 is exploited by a cartel of administrations to monopolise high-end university education, the minister for universities, David Willetts, keynote speaker at the AUA conference, reassures us that the cuts in funding and the raises in fees will be ‘progressive’. The same ‘Honourable Gentleman’ tries to divide us by blaming women’s struggle for equality for the problems that big business and career politicians have created for working-class men. In order to defend and advance the cause of education in this country over business managers and privilege, and to show that we won’t be divided by patriarchal logic, we invite you to the following:

  1. MARCH FOR EDUCATION AND SOLIDARITY

Meet at the Lakeside Arts Centre, University Of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD at 12:00 on the 19th of April.

We will march on the conference to challenge David Willetts’ destructive policies and patriarchal logic, and those who enable the savage cuts and fees he promotes. There will be a feminist bloc.

Bring placards, banners, and the noise. Speakers from anti-cuts campaigns across the country and Women Against Cuts TBA

  1. CAMP FOR THE EDUCATION ALTERNATIVE

As a response to a conference which charges at minimum £99 for one day’s access, we will be hosting a free camp at a location (to be disclosed nearer the time) near the conference in Nottingham. Join us in camping over- bring a tent and camping equipment with you!

The camp will last from the 19th-20th and hold workshops and discussions with activists and academics on the topics including:

Anti-Oppression

Gender and The Cuts

Zombie Universities

Protest Tactics, Strategies, and Direct Action

Capitalism and Beyond

There will also be food, a kids space, music, performance, and art!

At the AUA conference, Willetts will speak to an audience of Vice-Chancellors, Registrars and other administrative staff and encourage them to support his policies. These are the same staff who blithely cut departments, intimidate lower-paid academic staff, and exploit support workers in the name of the cuts. Yet vice-chancellors and management refuse to take a cut in salary, despite earning well over £150,000 a year. It is not a question of whether one or many wolves tear apart education, whether the government or the university administrations promote cuts and commercialization, it is a matter of us building alternatives and taking action.

If you have any queries, need a place to stay beforehand, or other support, please contact Nottingham Students against Fees and Cuts:

nsafac[@]gmail.com

http://twitter.com/nsafc

(#adminthis #april19)

http://nsafc.wordpress.com/

Facebook Event: http://on.fb.me/gmne8P

NO IFS, NO BUTS, NO EDUCATION CUTS!

See you there,

Nottingham Students against Fees and Cuts


Education Strikes Back! Teach-ins 14 & 16 March

Education Strikes Back Teach-Ins

Make Music, Not Cuts – 17 March @ The Maze

Make Music, Not Cuts!

Action for the 24th Jan – 5th Feb

Monday, 24th January: National Day of Protest Against Benefits Cuts
National Day of Protest Against Benefit Cuts: Day 2
Protest Against Benefits Cuts Nottingham

Monday, 24th January: Notts SOS Organising Meeting
19:30 ICC, Mansfield Road

Wednesday, 26th January: National Walkout
NATIONAL WALKOUT – SAVE EMA! STOP ALL CUTS! FREE EDUCATION!
Mass flyering of colleges for the demo on the 29th
Organised by Dan, Marcus, George

Wednesday, 26th January: UCU forum
Nottingham Uni, Portland Building C11 1pm-3pm.
See our post here for more details

Wednesday, 26th January: Banner making
Joint banner making for the demos on the 29th and UK Uncut on the 30th: 18:00, email nsafac@gmail.com for location
Meeting beforehand to finalise plans for the weekend.

Saturday, 29th January: National Day of Action (London and Manchester)
London demo
Manchester demo

Coach to London: £7 unwaged/£15 waged, contact Matthew Vicary on 07849 392 842
Coach to Manchester: UCU is organising a free coach

Sunday, 30th January: UK Uncut Day of Action
Notts Uncut event

Tuesday, 1st February: Student Shopping Night at Victoria Centre
Facebook event

Saturday, 5th February: National Read-In
National Read-In event
Events being organized in Nottingham as well

Saturday, 5th February: Counter protest EDL in Luton
A coach is being organised, details to be confirmed

UCU forum

The local UCU committee of Nottingham University will hold an Open Forum of Further and Higher Education institutions in the wider area of Nottingham. The purpose of this event is twofold. First, we intend to debate the wider implications of cut-backs to education in the UK, facilitated by a short input by one of our colleagues. Second, we would like to bring together representatives and speakers from trade unions as well as student groups representing various further education colleges and universities in the local area. These representatives will provide brief three to five minutes inputs about the specific challenges they face in their particular institution as well as reflect on possible joint strategies at the local and regional level. Ideally this will result in a broader network with the objective to ensure that resistance activities are co-ordinated across further and higher education institutions across the region.

It’s going to be on the 26th January at Nottingham Uni, Portland Building C11 1pm-3pm.

Upcoming events – January 2011 and beyond!

If we carry on with the determination, passion and organisation we showed in 2010, this exciting new student movement will defeat the government’s vicious planned attacks on education and public services in 2011! Upcoming events we’d love to see you at!

Tuesday 11th Jan – The government votes on scrapping the EMA! We need people to get involved in organising walk-outs and demos in colleges and schools across Nottingham! Notts facebook event here and more info about what’s happening nationally here

Saturday 15th Jan – Nottingham Save Our Services “Combating the Cuts” Conference. Details here and students are organising a day of action against the scrapping of the EMA, details up soon!

Saturday 29th Jan – National London Demo against fees, cuts and the scrapping of the EMA! Called by the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts (NCAFAC), details here

Saturday 26th March – TUC (Trade Union Congress) National Demonstration, London. This should be MASSIVE (some commentators are saying one million people will turn up!) Details from the TUC website here