This is the speech given by NCAFC’s Beth Redmond in the 2015 election for National Union of Students president. [Read more…]
By Beth Redmond
I’m calling for NUS and the whole student movement to organise, mobilise and speak up for migrants’ rights.
With the rise of UKIP, and the “mainstream” parties who created the conditions for it pandering to its anti-immigration agenda, this could not be more urgent. The general election has become a festival of anti-migrant bigotry – driven by UKIP, the Tories, the right-wing press and, shamefully, the collaboration of the Labour Party. [Read more…]
Hundreds of students, education workers, parents and supporters marched through the South London borough of Lewisham on 21 March as part of their campaign to stop four schools being turned into academies.
NCAFC is building solidarity with the Lewisham struggle.
1. Join the picket lines on 24 and 25 March
The four schools will be on strike again on Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 March. We’ll be going to at least one of the picket lines, if you’d like to come with us get in touch: [email protected]
2. Please also take a solidarity photo!
Download a poster here you can print off to do a photo with.
Below are some solidarity photos NCAFC supporters and others have done already.
They were taken across the country, including in London, the West Midlands and Sheffield. They are mostly student activists but also include members of the trade unions RMT, Unison, UCU, NUT and Unite. We’ll post more soon.
A strong campaign has started in the South London borough of Lewisham to stop four schools being turned into academies.
A community campaign has been set up, workers at the schools (organised by NUT, NASUWT and GMB) have already held two very well-supported strikes (the last one on 5 March) and students have organised really impressive actions including walkouts and sit ins, insisting against management on their right to protest.
A Lewisham NUT member told us:
“If our campaign wins it will be a significant blow to the spread of academies, and could have a major impact on the course of education policy. If its defeated that will have consequences too. We need solidarity!”
NCAFC sends solidarity to the campaign and will be working with school students in South London Defend Education to spread info and organise the widest possible support in the student movement. More soon!
Stop Academies in Lewisham website
SAIL Facebook page
Save Prendergast Facebook page run by students at three of the schools under threat
Student protest page
Video made by Prendergast students: “We say No to academies because…”
What you can do
More on what you can do soon!
On Saturday 28 March, student activists from around the country will march and rally in Birmingham – where Labour higher education spokesperson Liam Byrne has his parliamentary seat – to demand the Labour Party commits to free education. [Read more…]
Warwick University students are demonstrating on 12 January in support of their arrested comrades. Please support them.
2.30pm, Monday 12 January
Coventry Central Police Station [Read more…]
The following speech was given in the opening plenary at NCAFC conference in Manchester in December – by Beth Redmond, one of the lead organisers of the 19 November national demo for free education and the left candidate for President of NUS. [Read more…]
The NCAFC is supporting this protest against Boris Johnson, Mayor of London – the scrooge that is planning on cutting millions of pounds from education and youth services in London this Christmas. [Read more…]
In solidarity with the Warwick students, who last week faced police brutality when they were beaten and attacked with CS spray, the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts is calling for actions by students this week.
We are calling on students to march, protest, occupy buildings and find other, creative ways of showing their support for the students of Warwick, and to demand cops off campus and support the movement for free education.
Please post news of your plans and actions in the NCAFC facebook group, and email reports to [email protected]
Keep an eye on anticuts.com for news of actions as the week goes on!