Extremism, Police, Resistance


The news that a Defend Education Birmingham activist is being treated as a domestic terrorist does not, despite its extremity, come as a surprise. The unnamed student was arrested unlawfully in January 2014, held for 30-40 hours in police custody, and suspended from his course. Not content to leave matters there, the West Midlands Police have now turned to harassing his relatives over concerns of ‘domestic extremism’ and ‘young people supporting terrorists’. The letter sent to the activist’s family reeks of Orwellian paternalism, promising that ‘[y]our son is not in any trouble’ and that the Prevent initiative ‘is about supporting individuals […] not about criminalising them.’ Given that Prevent actively gathers intelligence on the politics, sexual activity, and mental health of innocent people, Cambridge Defend Education may be forgiven for suggesting that education activists are doing just fine without such invasive ‘support’.

This is not an anomaly – we’ve all heard stories like this before. November of last year brought the similarly surprising revelation that Cambridgeshire police had tried to persuade a local activist to inform on political organisations, including ‘student-union type stuff’ and Cambridge Defend Education. Justifying his interest in the names and numbers of students involved in national demonstrations, the officer noted that

it gives the officer or whoever’s looking after it on that side of things, as in at the protest, an idea of how many people are going to attend […] so they can put measures in place to keep them off the road and things. It’s not because we want to target people and round them all up and arrest them.

We are fortunate that the Cambridgeshire police, much like their West Mercian relatives, are so interested in facilitating political engagement and safeguarding our wellbeing. We can only assume that their continuing attempts to recruit informants are the result of deepening pastoral sensibilities. We wonder what they imagine a world without police spying would look like. Fortunately, Cambridgeshire county’s Police Commissioner is on hand to provide the answer, noting in November 2013 that ‘[y]ou and I know that there is always that sort of [spying] activity taking place. One dreads to think that something could happen in Cambridge like it did in Woolwich. […] And you know it has to go on.’ Apparently, the watchful eye of the state is all that keeps student activists from slaughtering soldiers in the streets. This is more than the ‘criminalisation of protest’, more than the abuse of ever-increasing surveillance powers. Under the hazy label of ‘extremism’ – of which even the National Domestic Extremism and Disorder Intelligence Unit accepts there is “no legal definition” – we are becoming targets of the state, enemy combatants in the ‘war on terror’.

The state does not negotiate with terrorists. Instead it disproportionately punishes minor infractions, targets and detains central figures, and arms itself against perceived threats. It does not negotiate with us, and so our demands go unheeded. It enables Metropolitan police chiefs to note that ‘austerity measures are likely to lead to further protest’ without contesting the legitimacy of austerity itself. Part of contesting this neoliberal orthodoxy demands we secure a space for progressive thought and radical dissent in our universities. The state and university administrations increasingly turn to batons, handcuffs, and spies in response. The jackboot of the police everywhere supports the state’s attempt to corrupt this element of higher education and to turn universities into places of conformity; conformity to a programme of marketisation, of fees, cuts and outsourcing, which is changing the character and function of higher education for the worse. Those who resist are treated as terrorists, radicals against whom the most authoritarian and invasive tactics are deemed legitimate. We are all domestic extremists.

These are dangerous methods of suppressing legitimate student dissent; of attacking a student movement which is fighting for free, fair and democratic education. Let’s be realistic – these demands are only ‘extreme’ to the grey monotony of neoliberal practice. This fresh act of police intimidation is a further threat to the progressive environment which must be fostered at university. As long as our protests are met with arrests and our demands with batons, the police are not welcome in conversation nor on our campuses. They can take their ‘extremism’ with them.

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130 Cambridge academics raise concerns about police spying

A letter has been sent to Vice-Chancellor of the University, urging him to clarify the University’s position after it was revealed that Cambridgeshire constabulary had approached an undergraduate to become an informer on the political activities of students. The letter has been signed by 130 senior members of the University, and can be read below:

November 18, 2013

Dear Vice-Chancellor,

We are writing to you with regard to the story published on the Guardian’s website on November 14, 2013 entitled “Police tried to spy on Cambridge students, footage shows.” (The link is available at http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/nov/14/police-cambridge-university-secret-footage [1]). Based on secret filming, the story indicates that Cambridgeshire Constabulary has engaged in covert surveillance of what one of its members terms “student-union type stuff.” Cambridge Defend Education, environmental groups and UK Uncut appear to have been among the groups targeted for highly invasive practices.

We know that as the head of an institution which is committed to protecting a diversity of legitimate and peaceful student activities, including political and social campaigning, you will share our grave concern at the level of intrusion that appears to be intended in such covert monitoring of legitimate activities. We cannot help but feel that the very threat of such unjustifiable surveillance will have a chilling effect on students involved in or hoping to join campaigning organisations. As teachers and researchers at this university committed to the highest standards of academic and personal freedom, we ask that you issue an official statement condemning such covert practices, which infringe the traditional boundaries of University self-governance, and call for an official explanation and apology from both the Home Office and from Cambridgeshire Constabulary.

We hope that you will make it clear that the University is in no way involved in supporting such practices.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Anne Alexander
Dr Anna Alexandrova
Dr Salim Al-Gilani
Dr Lori Allen
Dr Mete Atature
Dr Hugues Azerad
Dr Debby Banham
Professor Basim Musallam
Mr Bruce Beckles
Dr Andrew Bell
Dr Duncan Bell
Dr Patricia Pires Boulhosa
Dr Adrian Boutel
Dr Deborah Bowman
Dr Siobhan Braybrook
Dr Brendan Burchell
Professor Bill Burgwinkle
Dr Catherine Burke
Dr Christopher Burlinson
Dr Sarah Cain
Dr Adam Caulton
Dr Jean Chothia
Dr Mike Clark
Dr David Clifford
Dr Philip Connell
Professor Helen Cooper
Mr Tim Cribb
Dr Jon Crowcroft
Dr PJ Cunningham
Dr Mark Darlow
Dr Susan Daruvala
Dr Christine Doddington
Professor Brad Epps
Dr Katrina Forrester
Professor Alison Finch
Dr Lorna Finlayson
Dr Christophe Gagne
Dr Sinead Garrigan-Mattar
Professor Vic Gatrell
Professor Raymond Geuss
Dr Martin Golding
Mr David Goode
Professor Raymond Goldstein
Dr Caroline Gonda
Dr Priyamvada Gopal
Professor Robert Gordon
Professor Nicholas Hammond
Dr Fride Haugen
Mr Ronald Haynes
Dr Anita Herle
Dr Adam Higazi
Dr David Hillman
Dr Edward Holberton
Dr Alex Houen
Dr Sarah Houghton-Walker
Dr Sarah Howe
Dr Jana Howlett
Dr Michael Hrebeniak
Dr MEJ Hughes
Dr Joel Isaac
Professor Mary Jacobus
Dr Hubertus Jahn
Dr Ian James
Professor Simon Jarvis
Dr Charles Jones
Dr Ewan James Jones
Professor Martin Jones
Dr Alexandre Kabla
Mrs Anny King
Professor John Kinsella
Professor Peter Kornicki
Dr Mary Laven
Dr Sian Lazar
Professor Angela Leighton
Dr Elisabeth Leedham-Green
Dr Malachi Macintosh
Professor Maria Manuel Lisboa
Dr Raphael Lyne
Dr Maryon McDonald
Dr Robert Macfarlane
Dr Jane McLarty
Dr Laura McMahon
Dr Leo Mellor
Dr Roderick Mengham
Dr Renaud Morieux
Prof Clément Mouhot
Dr Drew Milne
Dr Subha Mukherji
Professor Basim Musallam
Dr Eva Nanopoulos
Dr Mary Newbould
Dr Sebastian Nye
Dr Rory O’Bryen
Dr Roger O’Keefe
Dr George Oppitz-Trotman
Dr Fred Parker
Dr Ian Patterson
Dr Adriana Pesci
Dr Brechtje Post
Dr Robert Priest
Dr James Purdon
Dr Judy Quinn
Dr Surabhi Ranganathan
Dr Lucy Razzall
Dr Nicky Reeves
Dr John Regan
Dr James Riley
Dr John Robb
Professor Ulinka Rublack
Professor Simon Schaffer
Dr Jason Scott-Warren
Dr Sharath Srinivasan
Dr Zoe Svendsen
Dr Trudi Tate
Dr Deborah Thom
Professor David Trotter
Dr Eva Urban
Ms Isobel Urquhart
Dr Vincenzo Vergiani
Dr James Wade
Dr Christopher Warnes
Dr Ruth Watson
Mr Steve Watts
Dr Teresa Webber
Dr Flora Willson
Dr Ross Wilson
Dr Hope Wolf
Dr Oliver Wort
Dr Nicky Zeeman
Dr Andrew Zurcher

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Support the strikes!

On Wednesday 30th November, more than 3 million public sector workers will be striking to defend their pensions. Teachers, for example, will be expected to pay between 50% and 64% more into their pension fund in order to receive less the same amount over a shorter period of time, with the retirement age being raised.

The occupation of Lady Mitchell Hall by Cambridge Defend Education has been called in solidarity with striking workers.

This is an emergency

The government’s cuts pose a fundamental threat to our public sector. These changes will disproportionately affect women and the most vulnerable in society. The Unison union, for example, has calculated that a nurse who has worked for 27 years would be forced to pay £597 extra each year into her or his pension scheme, but receive £1,275 a year less when s/he finally retires. All people’s best-laid plans will go awry overnight.

We urge all public sector employees to support strike action. We encourage non-unionised workers to join a union – on the picket line, if needs be! – and for employees of Cambridge University who are not directly involved in the industrial dispute to stand in solidarity with the pickets on Wednesday. Whether you work in the public sector or the private sector, this concerns everyone.

There will be pickets at the Sidgwick, Downing and New Museums sites. We will be providing hot drinks and food to striking academics and university staff all morning on the Sidgwick site, and visiting pickets all round the university to show our solidarity.

CUSU voted to support mass walkouts by students, and we encourage all students not to cross the picket lines, nor to attend lectures, and to come to the CUSU rally outside Great St. Mary’s Church at 11.30, and march to Parkers Piece for noon, where thousands of striking trade unionists will be rallying.

To find out more about actions taking place in your area, click here.

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Response to Council Statement

Response to Council Statement

Cambridge Defend Education notes the statement by University Council criticising the disruption of David Willetts’ speech Tuesday evening. Though some of us may disagree with Council on the nature of free speech, we do not wish to belabour the point. We invite all those who wish to oppose the White Paper and support the 30 November strikes to join us in organising towards these ends, regardless of opinion on the Willetts interruption. We welcome all views and debate.

Tomorrow at 11am, there will be a discussion on the White Paper and how to fight it, as part of a series of events this weekend. We encourage academics, students, and others interested in the White Paper to put aside differences of approach and join in the discussion.

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Events for Today – Friday November 25

Come down to the occupation of Lady Mitchell Hall for a great set of events!

All day : Arts space against the cuts: banner-making and more.

12pm-2pm : Women and the cuts workshop

3pm : UCU Activist meeting, with a visit from VP of UCU Simon Renton.

5pm: Occupation activist meeting: all welcome.

7pm: Dinner and a movie (Weather Underground)
 

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Academics’ Statement of Support

We, the undersigned, scholars and teachers in the University of Cambridge, support the students who are occupying Lady Mitchell Hall.

Our senior administrators have failed to resist the current assault upon British universities. Many of our students, however, have bravely opposed it. They have exercised that ‘leadership’ otherwise absent from the University. Given the destructive policies of the present government, enacted without due consultation, we believe that the disruption of the Minister for Universities’ address and the subsequent occupation are proportionate and justified actions.

We call upon the University administration not to coerce, menace or otherwise persecute the students taking part in this protest.

Anne Alexander, CRASSH
Dora Alexopoulou, Dept of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics
Mete Atature, Department of Physics
Hugues Azérad, Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages
Debbie Banham, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic
Tarak Barkawi, Department of Politics and International Studies
Bruce Beckles, University Computing Service
Deborah Bowman, Faculty of English
Nazim Bouatta, Department of Applied Mathematics and Physics
Christopher Burlinson, Faculty of English
Tim Button, Faculty of Philosophy
Jeremy Butterfield, Trinity College
Sarah Cain, Faculty of English
Cindi Catz, Centre for Gender Studies
David Clifford, Faculty of English
Ben Etherington, Faculty of English
Lorna Finlayson, Faculty of Philosophy
Alex Flynn, Department of Social Anthropology
Christophe Gagne, Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages
Sinéad Garrigan-Mattar, Faculty of English
Raymond Geuss, Faculty of Philosophy
Priyamvada Gopal, Faculty of English
Robert Gordon, Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages
Joachen Guck, Department of Physics
Jeremy Hardingham, Faculty of English
David Hillman, Faculty of English
Ed Holberton, Faculty of English
Sarah Houghton-Walker, Faculty of English
Michael Hrebeniak, Faculty of English
Simon Jarvis, Faculty of English
John Kinsella, Faculty of English
Mary Laven, Faculty of History
Mel Leggatt, Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages
Nayanika Mathur, Division of Social Anthropology
Jeff Miley, Department of Social Sciences
Clement Mouhot, Faculty of Mathematics
Subha Mukherji, Faculty of English
Kamal Munir, Judge Business School
George Oppitz-Trotman, Faculty of English
Ian Patterson, Faculty of English
Jeremy Prynne, Faculty of English
Bella Radenovich, Department of History of Art and Architecture
John Regan, Wolfson College
James Riley, Faculty of English
Josh Robinson, Faculty of English
Mark de Rond, Judge Business School
Corinna Russell, Faculty of English
Jason Scott-Warren, Faculty of English
Adam Stewart-Wallace, Faculty of Philosophy
Isobel Urquhart, Homerton College
Bert Vaux, Department of Linguistics/Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages
Chris Warnes, Faculty of English
Ruth Watson, Faculty of History
Daniel Wilson, History and Philosophy of Science
Andrew Zurcher, Faculty of English

To add your name to this list, please contact Jason Scott-Warren (jes1003@cam.ac.uk), or Priya Gopal (pg268@cam.ac.uk), stating your institutional affiliation.

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Safer Spaces policy

Safer Spaces Agreement

The purpose of this collective agreement is to create a safe space free from hierarchy, oppression and conflict. We welcome everyone who enters this space as an equal participant in our movement. We are working toward a better education system in the belief that each of us has something to contribute and to learn. We are a community based on respect, trust, and taking responsibility of our actions.
Oppression can occur at a political, social or personal level on the basis of many forms of difference and inequality. These include but are not limited to activist experience, age, appearance, belief, class, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender presentation, immigration, income, nation, race and sexuality. This list is not intended to suggest that these are the only or the most important oppressions that exist in the world or in this space. Everyone is encouraged to add to this list.

– We consider any behaviour that demeans, marginalises, threatens or harms anybody as oppression, and we commit to challenging it.

– We do not tolerate violence, intimidation, harassment or unwanted sexual contact. Anyone responsible for such actions will be excluded from the occupation.

– We will challenge any oppressive language or behaviour, regardless of intention; for example telling an oppressive joke, or interrupting someone on the basis of unspoken privilege. Providing a safe and welcoming space is everyone’s responsibility: it is not only the duty of those subject to oppression. We ask all participants to challenge attitudes and behaviour in a way that is respectful and constructive.

– Stealing and other breaches of trust, including informing on occupation activities, will also exclude the person responsible from the occupation.

Don’t hit! Don’t hate! Don’t steal! Don’t squeal!

Modified from the Camp For Climate Action 2009

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Messages of solidarity from across the World!

Many thanks to all those who have sent messages of solidarity! Here are some of them:

Solidarity from the full sabb team at LSE Students’ Union!

Lukas Slothuus, Community and Welfare Officer
Alex Peters-day, General Secretary
Amena Amer, Education Officer
Robin Burrett, Postgraduate Officer
Stanley Ellerby-English, Activites and Development Officer

Well done for shutting down Willets’ talk!

Absurd he thinks he can lecture us on the “idea of the university” whilst simultaneously trouncing the very values of education. Conservative and liberals voices will probably have a go at you for interrupting him instead of having a “debate”. Ignore them. Millions of poor kids are being systematically excluded from debate because of his policies.

Guy Aitchison

You lot are bloody fab!!!Down with the Tories! Occupy Willits office next!

Craig
NUT

Hi guys,

Solidarity from Royal Holloway Anti-Cuts Alliance and Anarchist Federation (Surrey/Hants branch)!

Keep up the great work

One fight x

Well done you lot, loads of love and solidarity from Leeds.
Hopefully this will spread….
Gloria x

As an ex Cambridge student who campaigned to keep the minimum grant in the 80s, you have my full support.

I now work in Further Education and students there are also facing great difficulties.

All the best,

Jennie Turner

St Catharine’s College 1987.

Keep up the good work!

Matt Jones

Wishing you solidarity in your occupation!

Pete Bicknell
UCU
Lewisham College

On behalf of London Metropolitan University UCU, and as a UCU National Executive Committee member representing London and the East, which includes Cambridge, I want to send solidarity greetings and congratulations on your effective protest tonight against David Willetts and the devastation he intends to visit across post-16 education provision.

Like you, we believe in a state-funded free publicly provided education system from the cradle to the grave. And we further believe it is the duty of all those that value universities as vehicles for social and public good to stand up, resist, and be counted. You are doing precisely that and we salute you.

On the 30th November, as you will know, some three million trade unionists will be taken strike action not just to defend our pensions, but to shout out for our public services and those that work for them or use them. We are 99% and we will not allow the 1%, whose interests Willetts serves, to make us pay through the destruction of our public services for their crisis.

As Shelley so memorably said after the Peterloo massacre:

‘Rise like lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number –
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you –
Ye are many – They are few’

On the the 30th the 1% will hear us roar! Your actions tonight, is another important step towards that moment.

In solidarity

Mark Campbell
London Met UCU (Chair)
UCU NEC (London and the East HE)

Solidarity from us all at Goldsmiths

John Wadsworth – President Goldsmiths UCU

Absolutely fantastic to hear about events in Cambridge.

In Tahrir Square people are continuing the struggle for revolution and although it’s not on the same scale the fact that the student struggle continues can be inspirational.

Good luck. We are doing a stall all day tomorrow with the cuts group and will happily publicise your occupation. We also have an assembly at 4pm in Man Met Student Union. If you have skype it would be brilliant to have someone speak from your occupation at it.

in solidarity
Manchester Socialist Workers Party

Dear Cambridge Defend Education

We are in the fight of our lives. We have been given a lesson in class politics by the privileged few who are showing that they only want broad and high quality education for themselves. They certainly don’t want it to be free and accessible. They want fewer at university and the rest of the education system should be turned into creating workers with only the skills they need to turn the rulling class a profit. This is ruining our planet and destroying lives. But you are showing that we can think for our selves and resist. Next Wednesday Millions more will join those resisting around the globe – from the Egyptian intifada to the occupy movement via mass strikes we can win!

All strength to you
Solidarity!

Tom Woodcock
Secretary, Cambridge & District Trade Union Council

To the Cambridge Occupation

At a packed meeting of trade unionists, students and anti-cuts activists preparing for next week’s mass strike in Oxford Town Hall this evening, news that David Willetts had been driven out of a lecture in Cambridge was greeted with cheers and applause.

Oxford Education Activist Network would like to send a message of solidarity to the occupation. You have sent a message to government ministers who ignore our voices, attack our right to protest and then dare to try to lecture us as they launch unprecedented assaults on our public education, on jobs, services and the very basis of the welfare state, that we are not prepared to sit passively and listen.

When Vince Cable and then Nick Clegg tried to speak in Oxford last year, student demonstrators scared them both off. Now you have shown that David Willetts is not welcome in our universities either.

Solidarity!

Oxford Education Campaign

Dear all,

Good work! Solidarity from me in London, thinking of you all and wishing I was there. Keep warm, support each other and don’t let the meetings get too long! Save the energy for tomorrow.

Much love and solidarity

Decca xx

Dear cambridge occupiers of Lady Mitchell Hall-

Well done you champions of justice and glory! Soldier on against the
demons of willets, cameron, clegg and the rest of the Wankers. Don’t
Let The Bastards Get You Down.

It’s really exciting to hear that cool stuff is happening- you all
kick ass and I’m so so so proud to have been part of the cambridge
student activist community.

Me and my housemates are sending solidarity, rage and sheer
persistence over to you from London!

Love,
Natalie

Hey guys! You rock! Thanks for being amazing!
Lots of love and solidarity,

Tali

Amazing news! I was really involved with the protest stuff in Oxford last year, but since coming to Cambridge have been completely absorbed into the fresher bubble, but I’m really keen! Keep the news coming!

Solidarity

Ella

All my solidarity! hope I can join you soon!!
Rocío Pérez

Hello all!
Well done on your occupation – fantastic work!

Solidarity from Royal Holloway!
Let me know if there is anything we can do to help/support.

Daniel Cooper,
President of Royal Holloway Students’ Union

Dear Cambridge Defend Education,

this is a bit odd as I was down there in person earlier lending a hand but I thought I’d better send a proper solidarity email as well.

Firstly WELL DONE!!!! you’ve done absolutely the right thing by chasing willets out of town then taking over the building.

Secondly in a personal capacity as the Unite shop steward for Angiodynamics (small company in the electronics sector) and Unite Cambridge & District 0009M branch safety officer & Cambridge Trades Council Delegate and in an official capacity as Secretary of Cambridgeshire Against the Cuts and a member of the Steering Committee of the Right to Work Campaign I’d like to offer you solidarity and support in your struggle against the cuts to higher education Willets is proposing and in defence of an education system free for all with access based only on academic merit not what old school tie you wear or how much money you can afford to pay in fees.

I hope to see you all on the 30th of November on the picket lines, in the meantime if you can hold the space till then I’d suggest making a whole load of banners!!!

In Solidarity

Andrew “Ozzy” Osborne

Hey guys, we heard about your action today and just want to send a message of support.
We’re a group of activists over here in Belfast, we’re the Belfast branch of an Ireland-wide grassroots campaign called ‘Free Education for Everyone (FEE)’ and we fight against cuts, university tuition fees and the neoliberalisation of education. We salute you guys for your shutting down of the talk today and occupation of the stage and we’ll be keeping up to date with everything that’s going on.

Fair play and good luck!
FEE Belfast

Hey comrades,

I’m sending my solidarity and support for your occupation of Lady Mitchell Hall in Cambridge. Keep up the great work. :)

Adam Hudson (San Francisco Bay Area)

Hope your occupation is going well, we have just gone into occupation at the University of Birmingham.

Best

Birmingham Occupation x

Dear All!!

From 15M Cambridge, we want to solidarise with you and your fight for a fair education system… that is, at the end, a better world for all.

All our Support, and let us know if there anything we can do to help.

15M Cambridge.
Solidarity from Milan!
Hello everyone,

I just wanted to write to express my whole and hearted support for what you are doing in Cambridge, and for giving Mr Willet’s such a welcome reception. I hope that this shut down might be the start up of a new wave, as we approach November 30th.

There have been national strikes here too, with familiar slogans, and familar violence– which isn’t at all to reduce the specific desperation of Italy– but something strong and true might be said about people all over the world working for similar ends: equality, education and an equal chance at both.

Maybe, if you’re not occupied, you might find the following interesting. (You can read the original article here, quick crib below. )

All my very best
Laura.

Hiya,

On behalf of the Cambridge Branch of the National Union of Jourmalists I’m lending our solidarity and support for your action of the cambridge university occupation.

Well done on chasing tory higher education minister David Willets out of town and gone into occupation at the lecture theatre he was speaking in!!

Keith Murray
NUJ Cambridge Branch Chair

Total admiration of you! Will be down when I can be.

A message of solidarity from Oxford! Kate Tunstall

I’m sorry I can’t be with you guys at the occupation right now – Year Abroad kind of gets in the way – but I want to wish you the best of luck!

Chris Hutchinson

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Teach-in schedule

Sunday 20th November
King’s College: Keynes Hall and the Chetwynd room

Cambridge Defend Education present Framing the Fight: A day of talks and workshops which will address the continued privatisation of education and the public sector and kickstart discussion on how this can be resisted. The day will run from 11 am until 5 pm, and is being held in King’s College in the Chetwynd Room and Keynes Hall. There will also be a lovely cake sale; bring cakes if you can! But most importantly, bring your friends!

Speakers include: Jim Wolfreyz, Cindi Katz, Michael Bailey, Priya Gopal, representatives from local unions, CDE and Cambridgeshire Against the Cuts

Planned schedule:
1100-1130 – Introductory talk with Priya Gopal on the role of the university
1145-1300 – White Paper: Discussion of the government White Paper with Jim Wolfreys; and the Assault on Universities with Michael Bailey
1300-1400 Lunch!
14:00-15:15 Direct action workshop and skillshare with Natalie Szarek; discussion of social reproduction and commodity with Cindi Katz
1530-1700: Roundtable discussion with Union Representatives; linkup with Occupy movements from the US.

At 1700 there will be an organising meeting in Latymer Room, Clare College, for all to join and plan future activities!

Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=182434978507217

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CHANCELLOR ELECTION reminder

Voting for the position of Chancellor takes place today and tomorrow
between 10am and 8pm at the Senate House.

see further http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/chancellorship/
https://webmail.hermes.cam.ac.uk/session/jes1003:4513//AACa@compose

Cambridge Defend Education notes, with interest, that the socialist lawyer Michael Mansfield is the only candidate to have spoken out publicly in defence of free higher education for all.

Other links:

UNION SOCIETY SPEECHES

WALL ST JOURNAL

THE FIRST POST

CAMBRIDGE NEWS

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