This is a guest blog from the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts.
On November 19th, thousands of students will march through London in what is likely to be the biggest demonstration in several years. We could well be on the verge of a new wave of student activism.
But we all know from experience that A to B marches are never enough. In order to build a serious campaign for free education, the national demo has to be the beginning of a mass campaign in the streets and on campuses.
That is why the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts is calling two more days of action in early December to provide a focus for mobilisation.
Wednesday December 3rd
On Wednesday 3rd December (facebook event HERE), we are calling for a day of action and walkouts. This will involve:
- Walking out of lectures and classes
- Launching occupations
- Protesting in your local area
Use the time between the national demo and the day of action to build for it on your campus. Put on meetings and rallies, hold campus demos, occupy, run stalls and spread the word. If you want help to build on your campus, we’re always here to help: email firstname.lastname@example.org
For the facebook event, click here. Post your activities into it and we’ll list them in the description.
Saturday December 6th
On Saturday 6th December (facebook event HERE), we are calling for marches for education in local areas. Wherever you are, take over your town centre: make noise, make a fuss and be visible.
Most importantly, this is the chance to get a wider layer of people involved in the campaign. Don’t just focus on students, get the community out with you. Contact local trade unions, trades councils and community groups. We want parents, teachers and workers to march with us for free education! Now is the time to start building this: put up a facebook event up now!
Post your activities into the facebook event, or email us, and we’ll list them in the description.
December 13th and 14th
We will be hosting a national conference on 13th and 14th December – a national meeting for everyone involved in the free education movement to plan the next steps. This will be a democratic assembly: everyone will have a vote and we will decide on things collectively and elect a new national committee. We’ll also plan a strategy, and have lots of discussions and workshops about the student movement. Click here for the facebook event.