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NUS Conference 2016: vote for a fighting student movement that takes on the Tories, austerity and racism

Next month, almost 1,000 students will come together in Brighton for the NUS National Conference 2016.

At this year’s Conference it is crucial that the left maintain and aim to increase the huge advances we made last year – with the election of four (out of six) left wing NUS Vice Presidents as well as a winning a majority of the NUS National Executive.

Since that massive breakthrough for the left the student movement has been increasingly active, with NUS leading campaigns against cuts, racism, climate change and more. We’ve got to keep up this transformation!

Under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, the Labour Party is taking the fight to the Tories on the need for an alternative to austerity. We need a progressive student movement that links up with and supports this left wing leadership of the Labour Party, as well as support all progressive movements and campaigns.

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.

Re-elect

Shakira Martin for NUS Vice President Further Education
Shelly Asquith for NUS Vice President Welfare
Sorana Vieru for NUS Vice President Higher Education

Elect

Malia Bouattia for NUS President
Sahaya James for NUS Vice President Union Development
Samayya Afzal for NUS Vice President Society & Citizenship

MORE ON THE CANDIDATES WE ARE BACKING…

Shakira Martin for NUS Vice President Further Education

Check out her facebook page here and her manifesto here.

Shakira Martin

FE = Further Education, Free Education, For Everyone!

“Further Education is a lifeline for millions of people. I know this from my own experience. FE gave me 10 years of second chances, a place to be myself, the ability to fulfil my potential and to break the cycle of deprivation.

“The Tory government wants to take these opportunities away from the next generation. The cuts facing FE are so massive that they threaten to destroy our colleges, our communities and our futures. The next couple of years will be a defining moment for NUS; the fight back against these cuts is nothing less than a fight for the heart and soul of Further Education.

“Last year I promised to provide the radical new leadership the student movement desperately needed, and that is precisely what I have done. From building up FE representation at every level of NUS and training up a new generation of leaders, to being at the forefront of fighting and marching for free education, against austerity and saying loud and proud that refugees are welcome here.
Re-elect me for an active, fighting NUS.”

Shelly Asquith for NUS Vice President Welfare

Check out her facebook page here and her manifesto here.
Shelly Asquith

“I am proud to stand for a principled, political NUS that organises with the grassroots. Supporting students and their unions against the cutting edge of austerity, enacting policy as you mandate it and working collaboratively on all campaigns.

“This year we have re-shaped the Welfare campaign. As well as raising awareness, we are taking action. No longer stopping a cosmetic compromise, we are demanding system change. This is so much to be built on: from funding and faith to housing and healthcare, the challenges facing our movement are critical. I am unafraid of tackling the toughest issues, and committed to galvanising NUS as an organisation that works holistically, in students’ best interests.”

Sorana Vieru for NUS Vice President Higher Education

Check out her facebook page here and her manifesto here.


Sorana Vieru

“Hi – I’m Sorana, your current Vice President Higher Education and I’m standing for re-election. Previously, I was the full-time PG Education Officer at Bristol SU and a student in HE for 7 years. For the past year I’ve led an HE campaign that stood up to government attacks on our education, won access to postgraduate funding and reduced the cost of these loans, made attainment gaps a priority in the sector and embedded liberation in teaching and learning campaigns. In a crucial year ahead for HE, stick with me to carry on the fight and deliver our vision.”

Malia Bouattia for NUS President

Check out her facebook page here and her manifesto here.


Malia Bouattia

“My name is Malia Bouattia. I am the current NUS Black Student Officer and I am standing to be your next national President. Our education should be a right. It should be transformative and accessible, whenever and wherever it suits us in life. We need an educational system that works for everyone. Support me and I will build a stronger national union ready to lead the way in the fight for the education we all need and deserve.”

Sahaya James for NUS Vice President Union Development

Check out her facebook page here and her manifesto here.


Sahaya James

“As an unpaid FE college President, I had to fight for my union to exist, let alone get it properly resourced – while my college tried to expel me. As an activist, I’ve organised big national demos for free education. And as a member of the NEC, I’ve held our full-time officers to account.

“I’ve done all of this without a penny from NUS, and with almost no central support. That’s because NUS has the wrong priorities: we have an NUS that is obsessed with brands and networking. What we need is an NUS that engages its mass membership, and gets the basics right.

Samayya Afzal for NUS Vice President Society & Citizenship

Check out her facebook page here and her manifesto here.


Samayya

“I’m the Women’s & Campaigns officer at the University of Bradford Union of Students and I have been the Society & Citizenship Zone rep on NEC for two years.

“My time at my SU, volunteering on four NUS committees and my work on taking grassroots campaigns to the national stage has been an invaluable experience. I’m standing to be your next Vice President for Society & Citizenship to diversify our movement, and because I truly believe that NUS has the power to shape the radical change we need in society.”

Want to get active with the Student Broad Left at this year’s NUS National Conference? We will be campaigning for the above candidates as well as proposing and campaigning for policies on free education, NUS organising a national demo, anti-racism, climate change, justice for Palestine and more. Email info@studentbroadleft.org.uk to get involved.

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