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NUS Conference Model Motions 2014 – free education, anti-racism, Palestine and climate change

17th February 2015

NUS National Conference

Here are some model motions for NUS National Conference 2015. We are supporting the Student Assembly Against Austerity’s model motions on range of issues from free education to opposing racist scapegoating and we have also drafted a two other important motions on Palestine and climate change.

NUS National Conference 2015 takes place in April and is the place where next year’s policies and priorities for the national student movement are decided.

Every Students’ Union has the right to submit policies – and every student has the right to put forward policies you want your Students’ Union to be putting forward.

IRELAND: Choices for 2015 and Beyond

4th February 2015

Sinn Fein Syriza

By Joe Dwyer, Liverpool University student

How Sinn Fein delivers for Students and Young people north and south & details for Sinn Fein’s upcoming London Public Briefing on the 11th February.

Demonstrate – No to Fascist Marine Le Pen at the Oxford Union! Oxford Union – rescind the invitation!

4th February 2015

No platform to Le Pen

Protest outside Oxford Union - Thursday 5th February - No to Fascist Marine Le Pen!

Fund education not Trident – join the mass demo in London on Sat 24 January

22nd January 2015

Wrap up Trident

On Saturday 24 January CND is organising a mass protest in London against government plans to spend £100 billion replacing the Trident nuclear weapons system.

We say instead of nuclear weapons of mass destruction - fund free education, stop the cuts and bring back EMA!

Student Broad Left’s top 10 highlights of 2014

8th January 2015

Great photo of the demo

What a year 2014 has been. Not only did we stop the sell off of student’s loans, but a whole new movement for free education was born.  In the same year as students joined the biggest ever demonstrations against the war on Gaza, NUS has taken a stand against the new US/UK war on Iraq and Syria. And the tide of racism both here and in the US is being challenged by a movement that is not afraid to take to the streets.

Here’s Student Broad Left’s top ten highlights from 2014 that show if we fight together, we win together.

Solidarity with Warwick students – police brutally evict peaceful ‘free education’ sit in

4th December 2014

Warwick student tear gassed

Students at Warwick University that were staging a peaceful sit in on their campus, as part of a national day of action for free education, were violently attacked by police with tear gas and threatened with tasers.

An emergency ‘End Police Violence Against Students #CopsOffCampus’ protest has been called today at 3.30pm, outside Senate House at the Warwick University where the police brutality took place.

For left unity in the NUS elections 2015

2nd December 2014

Unity is strength NUS banner

Student Broad Left supports the creation of a united left, anti-austerity, anti-racist slate for the NUS elections which take place at National Conference in April 2015. We will be working hard, in discussions with other prominent groups on the student movement, to achieve this goal because we believe that our enemy is the right wing not each other.

End demand for sexual exploitation – why NUS must join the women’s movement & campaign for the Sex Buyer Law

2nd December 2014

End Demand Campaign

A new campaign has been launched calling on the UK government to end demand for sex trafficking and exploitation through prostitution by adopting the Sex Buyer Law.

On Wednesday 3 December, the National Union of Students (NUS) National Executive will debate a very controversial motion which calls for the campaign to ‘End Demand’ for sexual exploitation be opposed. The motion resolves to “campaign against any attempt to introduce the Nordic Model into the UK.”

Student Broad Left calls upon members of the NUS National Executive to reject this motion and instead rally behind the vital ‘End Demand’ campaign instead. As students we should play our part in the movement to end sexual exploitation and the endemic violence against women associated with the ‘sex industry’.

10,000 students kick start a new movement for free education: report of the demo & next steps

21st November 2014

Great photo of the demo

On Wednesday 19 November 10,000 students marched through London to kick start a new movement for free education.

43 Disappeared Students in Mexico meeting

19th February 2015

Public meeting on human rights in Mexico following the disappearances of 43 students.

Students to gather at the Abortion Rights Conference this weekend

21st November 2014

Abortion Rights Student Conference

By Barbara Ntumy, NUS Women's Campaign Committee

This Saturday over a hundred students will be gathering at Students' Union University of the Arts to discuss how we can advance and protect a women's right to choose on our campuses and in our society at the Abortion Rights Student Conference.

Queen’s University Belfast’s poll on Irish unity

24th October 2014

QUB ref 2014

Next Monday (27th October) the Students of Queens University Belfast will be asked to vote on the proposition “Should Ireland be a united and independent country?”

The petition for such a campus poll garnered 700 signatures at the University’s Fresher’s Fair. Sean Fearon, chairperson of QUB Sinn Fein, said that it was signed by “almost two persons per minute”. This shows the enthusiasm and dynamism amongst many young people in the north of Ireland for a debate on their constitutional future. As demonstrated during the recent Scottish Referendum, such debates can galvanise younger people to get involved, including those previously detached from politics. By initiating this debate the students of Queens have also taken a step towards the making the case for an actual border poll for the people of Ireland, as outlined in the a Good Friday Agreement.

Showing Solidarity with Those Building A Better World in Latin America

25th November 2014

Student Broad Left previews the Latin America ¡Adelante! Conference 2014 taking place on Saturday November 29 at Congress House. The Conference is now in its 10th year, and offers a unique opportunity to hear all about the latest developments in the region.

Chavez election rally

All out for free education on #Nov19 – build the national demo!

17th November 2014

SAAA demo facebook profile

Thousands of students will be marching through the streets of London this Wednesday (19 November) – in what is expected to be the biggest student protest since tuition fees were trebled in 2010.

Defending students and their representatives from the attacks of the pro-war lobby

14th October 2014

peace not war

Over the past week, people who support the current US/UK bombing campaign in Iraq have attacked those who are against the imperialists’ intervention. As part of a campaign to build support for the West’s military operations in the Middle-East the anti-war position is being caricatured.

The anti-war and peace movements in Britain oppose the bombing. The bombing of Iraq and Syria is already leading to civilian deaths and widespread destruction. The anti-war position is being deliberately misrepresented as a demonstration of support for the terrorist group ISIS. On the contrary, the West and its military campaigns have been responsible for the creation and current growth of this terrorism, and the bombing campaign will exacerbate this situation - which is one of the reasons why the anti-war movement opposes the bombing.