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Progressive Students Forum 2015: fighting the Tories, austerity, racism, climate change and war

Join the Student Broad Left on Saturday 10 October for this year’s Progressive Students Forum to discuss how we can build a movement to take on the Tories, austerity, racism, climate change and war.



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Progressive Students Forum 2015

Progressive Students Forum 2015
Fighting against the Tories austerity, racism, climate change and war
Saturday 10 October, 10am – 5.30pm

We need a massive, broad and vibrant movement to kick the Tories out of power and stop their huge attacks. Students need to be at the heart of building such a movement.

Come and join us for a day that will feature high profile speakers and leading student activists from across the country to discuss ideas and develop a plan of action to take on the Tories. All progressive students are welcome to attend and contribute.


SPEAKERS INCLUDE:

* Diane Abbott MP, Shadow Secretary of State for International Development
* Shelly Asquith, NUS Vice President Welfare
* Shakira Martin, NUS Vice President Further Education
* Natalie Bennett, Leader of the Green Party
* Sahaya James, NUS National Executive & South West Young Greens
* Mike Jackson from Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM)
* Barbara Ntumy, London Met Student Assembly Against Austerity
* Malaka Mohammed, NUS National Executive and Palestinian student from Gaza
* Sinn Fein speaker
* Sam Fairbairn, The People’s Assembly Against Austerity
* Asad Rehman, Friends of the Earth
* Lindsey German, Stop the War Coalition
* Andy Greene, Disabled People Against Cuts
* Kerry Abel, Abortion Rights
* Mick Burke, Economists Against Austerity & Socialist Economic Bulletin
* Aaron Kiely, Student Broad Left
* Fiona Edwards, Student Assembly Against Austerity
* Sabby Dhalu, Stand Up To Racism
* Venezuela Solidarity Campaign


THEMES INCLUDE:

- Building a movement to end austerity – support the Student Assembly Against Austerity
- Fighting for free education – no cuts, no fees, no debt
- Uniting against racism: no to scapeogoating, Islamophobia and the far right
- Taking on bigotry: advancing women, LGBT, Black and disability rights
- Stop climate chaos – keep fossil fuels in the ground, green jobs now!
- For international peace and justice: scrap trident, hands off the Middle East and Africa, justice for Palestine
- Power to the people: supporting twenty first century socialism in Latin America

The Tories devastating cuts are driving down living standards for the majority and causing misery for millions. They are creating a society of food banks, loan sharks and zero-hours contracts. Yet only 1 in 4 people voted for the Tories in May – they have no mandate for these attacks.

Students must continue to fight back and resist in the crucial months ahead as the Tories renew and deepen their attacks on education. The Tories are scrapping maintenance grants, increasing tuition fees, privatization the student loan book and implementing massive cuts to further and higher education.

The Student Assembly Against Austerity – the student wing of the People’s Assembly – is growing from strength to strength. We need to build strong national and local networks to take on the Tories austerity attacks.

Racist scapegoating of immigrants, Muslims and Black communities is being whipped up to distract attention from the Tories failing economic policies which are making people poorer and destroying our public services. But students have successfully fought back against the racist tide – stopping the deportation of 2,500 international students and preventing a college in Birmingham from banning the Muslim veil – showing once again that campaigning works.

All forms of bigotry are also rising with women, disabled people, LGBT and Black communities facing more hate-crimes and attacks on hard-fought for rights.

We live in dangerous times with new wars, climate change, Israel increasing its oppression of Palestinians and US imperialism stepping up its military presence in Africa. But people power is proving there is an alternative with the advance of twenty first century socialism in Latin America with democratically elected governments putting people before profit. With major international climate change talks taking place this December, the British student movement can play a key role in the global campaign for climate justice in the months ahead.

Book your FREE place here.

The Progressive Students Conference on Saturday 10 October, will be a key opportunity for student activists from across the country to come together and discuss the next steps in building a fighting student movement that takes on the Tories, austerity, racism climate change and war.

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