Since it is still not clear when and whether there will be a vote on EMA, we will drop the 11th as a day of action and put all our strengths into organizing the events on the 26th and the 29th of January.
Let’s make these two days to remember!
The 26th is a day of nationwide action – organize in, and walk out of, your school, college and university! On the 29th there are two large demonstrations held in Manchester and London. Flyers and leaflets can be downloaded from the top of our website.
In addition, on the 22nd of January, the NCAFC will have its conference at University College London (UCL). On this day students from across the country will come together to discuss what to do next and how we wish to organize ourselves as an organisation. Please make an effort to attend or to send representatives from your local campaign group and email us at [email protected] if you require help with transport or accommodation.
The National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts is aware of its responsibilities vis-à-vis its supporters and the students, workers, activists and families who take part in our events in protest at the coalition’s policies of cuts and marketisation in the education sector. In light of this, the NCAFC would like to issue the following warning:
It has come to our attention that an event organised and publicised by a group calling itself the UK People’s Initiative for December 20th, the “March of Resistance”, briefly claimed our support (and used our logo!) We never supported this event and we would like to warn those considering attending that there are concerns over the motives and politics of the UK People’s Initiative. Indeed, suggestions have been made that the UK People’s Initiative may be linked to far right groups, although these remain unconfirmed. The organisers have repeatedly failed to respond to requests for information and clarification.
As an organisation we strongly distance ourselves from this event – in the absence of any further information by the organisers in relation to health and safety and the identity of the people behind the group. We have further concerns in relation to the proposed apolitical location of the event, at a time when Piccadilly Circus will be brimming with tourists and Londoners going about their Christmas shopping.
Demonstrations, actions and events organized by the NCAFC (and its affiliated groups) are debated and voted on in large and democratically run meetings; we also participate in broader forums with organisations including Coalition of Resistance, the EAN and ULU, for instance the London Student Assembly. This is an important process as it ensures that we debate and consider different perspectives and discuss health and safety.
Please spread these concerns widely.
National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts
The NCAFC is organising a national demonstration in London on 29 January: see here.
This Thursday, 9 December, tens of thousands will come to London to march on parliament as the tuition fee increase is being discussed and voted on. School, college and university students will be joined by supporters from across the country to take a simple message to the government: “no to fees, save EMA”. This protest will be massive – make sure you come along and join NCAFC and other student campaign groups in our opposition to the cuts agenda of the Condem cabinet.
The protest will be starting from University London Union (ULU) on Malet street, gathering at 12 and setting off shortly afterwards. Bring whistles, coats, food and gloves!
If you cannot come to London then organise protests in your local area. Go to town halls, target tax dodging shops on the high street (Vodaphone, Topshop) and shut them down for the day.
Join the facebook group http://www.facebook.comevent.php?eid=136567579732280
London Liberal Democrat MPs were due to hold a conference in London tomorrow, but abandoned their plans when two venues canceled on them for fear of protests organised by the Progressive Students Campaign, and other anti-cuts organisations.
They were due to hold the meeting at the Haverstock school in north London, but the headteacher canceled it when it became clear that student and anti-cuts campaigners planned to protest.
So they moved it to the Royal Horticultural Halls, before realising that protesters had cottoned on – and changed their plans, organising to protest at the new venue instead. The new venue then canceled on them, and the conference has had to be moved to a date in February.
This is a important victory – if we can shut down their conferences before the vote, imagine what will happen on 9 December!