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Sussex Against Privatisation Press Release:
http://sussexagainstprivatization.wordpress.com/2013/03/25/press-release-march-25-5-30pm/
Blow-by-blow account and pictures of the day:
http://libcom.org/news/national-demo-against-privatisation-university-sussex-updates-25032013

Last week saw roughly 1000 UK students attend a national protest against privatisation, held at Sussex University. The protest was called by the Sussex Occupation – who have been occupying a conference centre in their university for seven weeks, in protest against the outsourcing of 235 jobs to private companies. The occupation is still there as I write this, but is under immanent threat of eviction. University Management has got the High Court to put an injunction in place – banning any and all protest on campus. In addition they now also have a ‘possession order’ on the occupied building, meaning that it could be invaded by bailiffs at any time. According to their blog ( http://sussexagainstprivatization.wordpress.com/2013/04/01/day-53-no-food-no-water-no-to-privatisation/ ), security are currently refusing to allow any people, or even any food, into the occupation, and have been seen intimidating anyone associated with the protest. Sussex occupiers could use support – so if nothing else, please consider signing their petition against the ban on protests: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/stop-the-protest-ban-at-sussex-university
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Latest: The “Academic Board” has recommended that the Politics and International Relations courses be closed. Steve West will be making the final decision no later than 1st March…

[Sign saying "uwe loves politics and IR"] Students and staff at the University of the West of England in Bristol have been met with unwelcome news from the Vice Chancellor’s office that management are considering a proposal to scrap the university’s entire Politics and International Relations department. Students campaigning against this absurd proposal released the following statement:

“As students of the University of the West of England Bristol, we reject the Vice-Chancellors posturing to cut politics and international relations at UWE. We recognise that these courses received 92% and 90% student satisfaction in the recent national student survey, they maintain a good level of recruitment, also 90% of politics and IR graduates go onto employment within six months of graduating.

As such we call for the Vice chancellor to withdraw this proposal and continue to support Politics and International relations at UWE. Cuts such as these would damage the services students receive at this educational institution.

We feel that these proposals would serve only to damage the academic integrity of the university and the community in general.

As students we will seek to work closely with our lecturers and support staff.”

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Sussex Against Privatisation Banner (Photo courtesy of Alice Bell)

On 7th February,  following a demonstration against the privatisation of 235 jobs at their university,  Sussex students occupied the Bramber conference centre on their campus. They are demanding:

1. A complete halting of the ongoing bidding process and end to the entire privatization program, effective immediately.
2. A commission of students, staff and lecturers to be formed. With full remit to re-evaluate procedures and channels for holding management accountable as well as reviewing and extending student and workers’ say in these decisions.
3. An end to the intimidation that senior and middle management have used to deter students and workers for airing and acting on their concerns.

Please consider signing the statement of solidarity to show your support

Check out their  the website or facebook group for more info.

UPDATES:  (check @occupy_sussex twitter, or the Sussex Against Privatisation blog for latest)

There will be updates on http://uloccupation.wordpress.com shortly!

Minutes from The Linc

The event, “University Question Time”, will start at 5pm at the LPAC and is open to all staff and students, however student cards are required for entry.

Also on the panel will be Chris Charnley, president of Lincoln SU, Richard Keeble, acting head of the Lincoln School of Journalism, as well as Jack Dobson, a member of University of Lincoln Occupation. Roger Buttery, university board member and SU trustee, will be chairing the discussion.

The meeting is a result of the student occupation at the university in December, in protest against the rise in tuition fees. The group spent 219 hours in the beanbag room in the Main Admin Building and finished following a meeting with Stuart.
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From Labour Uncut

The Tories have a new policy on homelessness: make it illegal. That is the extraordinary intention of a Conservative flagship council. Worse, they want to ban Salvation Army soup kitchens.

Westminster city council, the richest and most powerful council in the UK, is proposing a new bye-law to ban rough sleeping and “soup runs” in the Victoria area of London. The proposed new bye-law will make it an offence punishable by a fine to “sleep or lie down”, “deposit materials used as bedding” and to “give out, or permit another to give out, food for free”.

If these proposals are passed, they will also prohibit companies with a proud record of corporate social responsibility from doing good things. Companies like Pret a Manger, who have, very quietly, for many years, given away their unsold food to London’s homeless. If the Tories get their way, companies like Pret will be forced to throw the food in the bin.
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A new student solidarity campaign calling for self-determination for Western Sahara – unlawfully occupied for over 35 years – will be launched today in London endorsed by students from across the country and by Jeremy Corbyn MP

A new national student campaign initiative will be launched today at a meeting in central London. Students for a Free Western Sahara will start as a UK wide network which hopes to establish groups in schools and universities across the country. It also has ambitions to link with student groups internationally.

Representatives from several British universities will meet to elect the first President and Committee. It is hoped that branch groups will be set up in universities across the country, holding regular meetings and awareness raising actions. Each branch will propose a motion for their university students union offering solidarity with the Saharawi struggle.

The launch of the network, timed to coincide with the 35th anniversary of the declaration of an independent Western Sahara, will also tie in with a number of other campaigns on the EU fisheries agreement, the extension of the UN peacekeeping monitoring mandate and the ‘Sun, Sea, Sand and Torture’ tourism and economic boycott campaign.
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It seems the recent Day of Action has inspired the rest of the world to fight tax evasion in a similar manner!

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