Monthly Archives: October 2011

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

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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

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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%

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

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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.”



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.

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