Show your support for Lewisham!

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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.

poster1. 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.

If you take a picture, please email it to us, post it on the NCAFC Facebook group or tweet it to @NCAFC_UK and @SAILewisham

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.

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Solidarity with students, workers and parents in Lewisham: STOP ACADEMIES!

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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!

Learn more

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

Write to the bureaucrats involved expressing support for the community’s demand for democracy in how the decision is made

More on what you can do soon!

NATIONAL DEMO, 28 March: Living grants not a graduate tax! Demand Labour commits to free education!

liambyrne3On 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…]

SHOW OF SOLIDARITY: Support our Warwick comrades! (12 January)

warwickWarwick 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…]

“Educate, agitate, organise” – speech by Beth Redmond

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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…]

17 December London protest against cuts to education and youth services

borisThe 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…]

Lambeth College strike rally, Wednesday 17 December

The Lambeth College workers’ strike against attacks on their terms and conditions is continuing. Please build solidarity, starting with their rally on 17 December – 12 noon, outside their Clapham Common site. More details below. [Read more…]

Take action this week: cops off campus! Solidarity with Warwick!

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.
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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!

Leeds UCU motion on “Cops off campus” struggle

Leeds UCU has passed the following motion – please move a version in your trade union branch.

This branch notes:
1. That on the 3 December 2014, students at Warwick University were holding a peaceful sit-in protest on campus in support of the national day of action for free education called by the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts. [Read more…]

Protest on 10 December: Defend student-worker solidarity! Don’t deport Jason!

jasonml1Jason Moyer-Lee is a graduate of SOAS, an activist with the IWGB trade union and an organiser for the 3 Cosas Campaign for sick pay, holidays and pensions for outsourced workers at University of London. SOAS management have rejected his request for visa sponsorship: we need to send them a clear message and make them change their minds.

Protest: Don’t deport Jason!
12.30pm, Wednesday 10 December
School of Oriental and African Studies

Facebook event here

In addition to the fact that NCAFC has worked closely with Jason (he took part in the speaker tour we co-organised with the 3 Cosas Camapaign in January), this is more generally an important battle. Please come to the protest and do what you can to support.

The campaign says:

“The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), a constituent college of the University of London, has rejected two applications for visa sponsorship by #3cosas organizer and SOAS graduate Jason Moyer-Lee. Why? “Because of his involvement in the cleaners campaigns. Jason’s visa runs out at the end of this month, and if SOAS does not reverse its decision he will be forced to leave the country.
“This issue affects all of us! If UK universities are allowed to revoke or reject visa sponsorship to their international students because of their political activity then a very dangerous precedent will be set. Universities are keen to bring in international students to make money, but the message SOAS is sending to international students is: “You better behave yourself while you’re here or you will pay for it!”
“We are calling this protest to make clear that forcing Jason out of the country because of his support for cleaners’ campaigns is NOT ACCEPTABLE!”

Also more here.