“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will”
We are a group of activists who first came together in 2010 to protest the cuts to education funding and fee increases. We campaign against fees, debt and privatisation in education; against cuts and austerity in the UK and beyond; and for a free and radical academic space of critique and creativity. Past actions have included occupations, human chains, blockades and other forms of direct action, as well as more conventional campaigning tactics. We also organise teach-ins, films, conferences and music events. We generally operate without hierarchies and prioritise active political engagement.
We have organised together with a range of other groups, including UK Uncut, the Green and Black Cross, Cambridge University Students Union (CUSU), the University and Colleges Union (UCU), Cambridgeshire Against the Cuts, Left Unity, Unite Against Fascism, Cambridge Action Network and Defend the Right to Protest, among others.
New ideas, projects and people are ALWAYS welcome. We are mostly students and academics from Cambridge University, but we warmly welcome anyone to organise with us. Browse this site or our facebook site for more information, come along to one of our events, join our low-traffic ‘announce’ mailing list to be updated on events and projects here, or our ‘organise’ mailing list to get more involved in organising.
Below is our original statement for when we first came together in 2010-11
Angry? We are. 18 millionaires in the cabinet tell us that we can no longer afford an open, affordable and fair education system. 75% cuts to the education budget > fees of up to £9000 > free school meals scrapped > EMA discarded. Our politicians have lied to us; the Lib Dems were planning to break their tuition fee pledges even as they made them. The Tories hid their post-election agenda behind the vague rhetoric of ‘big society’. They are acting unaccountably, suppressing protest with police violence.
Inaction is no longer an option. This is a call out to university students, sixth form students, cleaners, administrative staff, lecturers and fellows and anyone who does not accept the disastrous slashing of education budgets and the raising of tuition fees – anyone who believes that the future of education is greater than just another arena for the free market to expand its operations – anyone who believes that education should be accessible to all – anyone who believes that education expands the collective horizons of society immeasurably.
Together, we can fight this. Unlike the politicians, who impose these disastrous cuts from above in order to protect the financial system which has created this mess, we will work together and listen to each other to fight for a free and fair education system for the benefit of all society, not profit.