See you again on #Dec5: free education, living grants, abolish the debt!

This was published today in the Guardian.

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Today tens of thousands of students will march in London for the future of education and the welfare state. We will take action again on 5 December, when the Chancellor George Osborne delivers his next ‘autumn statement.’

We believe the student movement needs to demand clear, radical alternatives to the Coalition’s agenda of privatisation, growing inequality and austerity, and to build unity with workers and communities in struggle against cuts and austerity.

We are campaigning for free, accessible and public education, with a living allowance for all students, and a rebuilt welfare state and NHS – funded by taxing the rich and big business – and taking control of the banks’ wealth.

The recent wave of attacks on Gaza has shown the necessity of connecting struggles internationally. We draw inspiration from recent student battles from Quebec to Greece to Egypt.

Whatever the turnout today, a single demonstration will not be enough to challenge the government’s agenda. We need to make the demo the start of an ongoing campaign. That is why we are supporting the call for a national day of action involving students and workers at schools, colleges and universities across the country on 5 December.
Michael Chessum National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts
Daniel Cooper University of London union
Alex Peters-Day LSE students union general secretary
James McAsh Edinburgh University students association president
Maham Hashmi Soas students union
Luke Durigan NUS higher education committee
Leander Jones Birmingham University guild of students VP democracy and resources
Sara Moon Sheffield University students union development officer
Edwin Clifford Coupe UCL union education and campaigns officer
Dominique Ucbas University of Strathclyde students union VP diversity and advocacy
Jamie Green Royal Holloway students union VP communications and campaigns
Naomi Beecroft Edinburgh University students association women’s officer
Luke Frost University of the Creative Arts students union Maidstone officer
Mike Williamson NUS NEC
Roshni Joshi NUS NEC

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