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.
You lot are bloody fab!!!Down with the Tories! Occupy Willits office next!
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….
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,
St Catharine’s College 1987.
Keep up the good work!
Wishing you solidarity in your occupation!
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.
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.
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
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.
Oxford Education Campaign
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
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!
Hey guys! You rock! Thanks for being amazing!
Lots of love and solidarity,
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!
All my solidarity! hope I can join you soon!!
Well done on your occupation – fantastic work!
Solidarity from Royal Holloway!
Let me know if there is anything we can do to help/support.
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!!!
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!
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.
Birmingham Occupation x
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.
Solidarity from Milan!
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
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!!
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!