This Saturday (20 June) will see one of the biggest national demonstration against austerity in years!
Thousands and thousands of students are expected to join the massive show of opposition against the Tories - joining trade unionists, local campaigners and high profile celebs such as Russell Brand and Charlotte Church.
By Aaron Kiely (NUS NEC) and Fiona Edwards (Student Broad Left Secretary)
NUS National Conference 2015 saw massive victories for the left, with delegates electing the most left wing leadership team for more than three decades. This is a turning point for the student movement, marking what will hopefully be the start of a new era, with an NUS that plays a leading role in the fightback against austerity, racism, climate change and war. There is a real opportunity, for the first time in more than a generation, to realign the student movement with the labour movement and all progressive campaigns after decades of students being isolated from these struggles.
A huge coalition of over 100 student leaders have teamed up in the statement below. If you are an NUS delegate vote yes to a national demo.
STATEMENT: NUS National Demo 2015 – fight for free education & end student poverty!
“We believe that the National Union of Students should lead the fight back against all attacks on students and education by organising an Autumn 2015 national demonstration in London for free education and for serious action to tackle student poverty. No to cuts, tuition fees, student debt and the cost of living crisis.
"Let’s come together in a powerful, peaceful, inclusive show of unity to demonstrate to the new government that we want a new vision for education free from austerity.
"We urge NUS delegates to vote for NUS to organise a national demo at the forthcoming national conference and support all local and regional action to defend education.”
Next week, almost 1,000 students will descend on Liverpool for NUS National Conference 2015. At this year’s Conference there is a real opportunity for the left to make serious gains in the elections for Vice President and NUS National Executive positions.
Student Broad Left is backing the following candidates, who all stand for a student movement that fights for free education, against racist scapegoating and all discrimination and for international peace and justice:
for NUS Vice President Further Education
for NUS Vice President Society & Citizenship
for NUS Vice President Welfare
for NUS Vice President Union Development
for NUS Vice President Higher Education
#1 for NUS National Executive (Block of 15)
Malaka Mohammed #2 for NUS National Executive (Block of 15)
Dwayne Foster #3 for NUS National Executive (Block of 15)
Student leaders in Britain and Ireland stand in solidarity with Venezuela, against US aggression.
For over one week students at LSE have been staging an occupation of their campus for free education, whilst students at University of the Arts London have been occupying for 7 days to stop massive cuts to further education courses.
Join Student Broad Left in standing up to racism on the national demo against racism, Saturday 21 March 2015.
On Saturday 7 March thousands of people will be marching through the streets of London to demand urgent action to tackle the international climate change crisis.
Student Broad Left will be joining the Student Assembly and People's Assembly Against Austerity on the 'no austerity - green jobs now' bloc.
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.
By Joe Dwyer, Liverpool University student
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