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The British student movement standing in solidarity with Palestine!

24th July 2014

Women's Officer and others]

Tens of thousands of British students and young people are joining the marches, protests and vigils for Gaza.

Here is a snap shot of solidarity from the British student movement to date.

National Demo for Gaza – Free Palestine! Saturday 19th July 2014

16th July 2014

Free Palestine demo
NATIONAL DEMO FOR GAZA - FREE PALESTINE! Date: Saturday 19th July Time: midday Location: Opposite 10 Downing Street, Whitehall

National demonstration for free education called

3rd July 2014

A coalition of student groups and campaigns – including the Student Assembly Against Austerity, the Young Greens and the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts - have come together to call a national demonstration on Wednesday 19 November.

student demonstration

Tens of thousands march to say #NoMoreAusterity

26th June 2014

PAAA demo

50,000 people marched through the streets of London last Saturday on a national demonstration organized by the People’s Assembly Against Austerity to demand an end to the government’s austerity agenda.

Exclusive interview: Palestinian student Malaka Shwaikh on her journey from Gaza to becoming the next Education Officer of Sheffield University SU

12th June 2014

Malaka

Student Broad Left is proud to present this exclusive interview with Malaka Shwaikh, a Palestinian student who arrived at Sheffield University in the autumn of 2013, having broken the siege on Gaza to reach her destination. Just a few months later, in March of this year Malaka stood to be the next Education Officer at the Students’ Union. And she won - with the greatest number of votes ever cast for a candidate in the history of Students’ Union elections at Sheffield. She begins her new job, representing over 24,000 students at Sheffield University in a couple of weeks time.

As the opening paragraph of Malaka’s manifesto hints to, her journey to become the next Education Officer of Sheffield University Students’ Union was one of struggle and determination:

“My name is Malaka and I am a Masters student from Gaza City, Palestine, studying Global Politics and Law. I believe students’ unions can change lives. First-hand experience has taught me that student politicians working as a team can have a transformative impact. If the Students’ Union here at Sheffield didn’t lobby the University for a fee waiver, I would not be here.”

CONFERENCE: After the Euro elections – Stand up to UKIP, racism & fascism | Saturday 14 June

11th June 2014

Stand Up to Racism Conference

With fascists and far right populists viciously aiming to divide and rule through racist scapegoating, now is the time to unite against fascism and stand up to UKIP, racism and the far right. Come along to this important National Conference on Saturday 14 June to discuss the fight back.

Ecuador’s Citizens’ Revolution – putting people before profit: an eye witness account

3rd June 2014

Ecuador

I have just returned from Ecuador where I went to see for myself the gains of the country’s Citizens’ Revolution and the lessons it has for activists seeking to build a better world.

The Citizens’ Revolution – as the process of change is known – takes place against a backdrop of a decades long struggle by social movements against the neo-liberal consensus of Ecuadorian elites and governments. Powerful social protest culminated in seven successive presidents being removed from office in the decade before the election of President Correa in 2007.

NATIONAL DEMO, SAT 21 JUNE: Stand Up For Education – No More Austerity!

29th May 2014

No More austerity national demo

Join the People's Assembly, trade unions, anti-cuts campaigners and progressives in a national demonstration on Saturday 21 June to reject the government's vicious austerity agenda.

Report of NUS Conference 2014: Big victories for the left mark a turning point for the student movement

23rd April 2014

Unity is strength - NUS banner

NUS National Conference 2014 saw major victories for the left.

The surprise election victory of FE President Piers Telemacque, an independent, radical, left wing candidate for NUS Vice President Society & Citizenship; the adoption of a new policy for free education; alongside the overwhelming endorsement of the #StopTheSellOff of student loans battle plan, together mark a turning point for the student movement – providing a real opportunity to transform NUS into a fighting union that seriously confronts the Tories’ assault on education and our futures.

Caroline Lucas deserves a medal, not a criminal record, for opposing fracking

17th April 2014

Caroline Lucas court case

This week a court in Brighton will deliver its verdict on the Green party MP Caroline Lucas who is being prosecuted for causing an obstruction outside the Balcombe gas fracking site. The possibility that one of the most sensible politicians in parliament could receive a criminal record, rather than the medal she deserves, for standing up against greedy energy bosses tells us everything we need to know about the topsy-turvy state of British politics on the environment.

NUS backs free education, rejects fees and scraps support for a ‘graduate tax’

11th April 2014

Aaron Kiely at NUS National Conference

NUS National Conference 2014 voted for free education - despite the majority of the current NUS leadership opposing it with the NUS President and Vice President Higher Education speaking against it in the debate on Conference floor.

Piers Telemacque elected NUS Vice President Society & Citizenship: victory for Black students, FE students and the left!

11th April 2014

Piers Telemacque

This week, at NUS National Conference, Piers Telemacque, President of Bradford College Students’ Union and member of both NUS Black Students’ Committee and NUS Society & Citizenship Committees was elected as Vice President Society and Citizenship for the National Union of Students.

Aaron Kiely, NUS Black Students’ Officer, co-Convenor of Student Broad Left said: “This is a turning point for the student movement and massive win for Black students, FE students and the left.“

Student Broad Left’s guide to NUS Conference 2014

7th April 2014

Download Student Broad Left's guide to NUS National Conference 2014, with articles from student leaders on key debates and guide to motions at national conference!

SBL Conference Guide

Students join thousands in ‘Stand Up To Racism’ demonstrations across Britain

25th March 2014

On Saturday over 10,000 people marched in central London, Glasgow and Cardiff to demonstrate against the rising tide of racist scapegoating and the politics of hate ahead of the European elections in May.

Student bloc on Stand Up To Racism 2014

For a progressive student movement: Support Aaron Kiely’s fighting fund for NUS President 2014

21st March 2014

Aaron for NUS President

Student Broad Left’s Aaron Kiely is running to be the next National President of the National Union of Students – please donate to his fighting fund to help his campaign make a big impact at the National Conference in April.