Whilst this blog was initially created in order to inform students and staff at the University of Essex of events, meetings or protests that were happening locally I think that it is politically important that we also discuss what is happening internationally.
In Chile students have been protesting over many months against Government privatisation of the education system, and have gained international coverage through their protests, occupations and struggle. In Canada, HE students have been embroiled in a battle against tuition fees and have shown an inspiring level creativity and endurance.
We need to learn the lessons of the struggles of our fellow students if we are to be prepared for our tasks ahead.
At the NUS conference in April, delegates voted to:
1. Organise a national demonstration in the first term of 2012-13 against cuts, fees and high interest on student debt.
2. To reaffirm our support for industrial action taken by education workers.
3. To call for Universities to be places of political asylum.
(Amongst many other resolutions)
Whilst these policies have been passed, we need broad networks of students, lecturers and staff working alongside Students’ Unions all over the country to organise, for us to make this into a reality.
This is a call for two outcomes. For more contributions to the Essex EAN blog, both of tactical discussions for our next steps, but also analysis of international struggles to inform our own. The second is to form an EAN committee which can communicate over the Summer Break in order for us to be prepared for next term.
To either contribute, or to be part of the committee please email firstname.lastname@example.org or send a text message to 07855928749.