Kate Osamor MP • Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, poet and activist • Priya Gopal, Academic at University of Cambridge • Nita Sanghera, UCU Vice-President • Myriam Kane, NUS NEC • Naima Omar, Student Stand Up to Racism • more tbc
Decolonising education • Challenging Islamophobia and Prevent • Kicking fascists off campus • Defending migrant students & workers • Confronting institutional racism
We have seen a massive rise in racism across society, from Tommy Robinson here to Trump in the US.
Students are often on the sharp end of this. Muslim students are treated as suspects from the Prevent agenda, EU nationals have their rights threatened by Brexit, and BAME students face institutional racism.
We have also recently seen attempts by the far right to gain a foothold on campus with groups like Generation Identity appearing at universities including Manchester, Bristol, Wolverhampton and Birkbeck.
This conference will bring together students, staff and education workers to discuss how we can decolonise our campuses and make them free from racism.
We are seeking help in promoting the #LoveOurColleges campaign against cuts in FE in England. This will centre around a week of action, beginning on 15th October. In addition to a media splash on the Monday and local activity on the Tuesday (more info to follow in due course) the week of action will include a demo, parliamentary lobby and rally in Westminster on:
Wednesday 17th October 2018
#LoveOurColleges is being organised by a campaign coalition, which in addition to UNISON includes UCU, GMB, NUS, NEU, ASCL and the employers body Association of Colleges.
Three key actions we are looking for help with are as follows:
- Ensure FE members across all unions know about the event, encourage them to commit to attending and discuss joint travel arrangements with other unions at their colleges. UCU in particular are laying on coaches.
- Intelligence on how many members are attending and from where etc. This is a joint campaign with the AoC, college principals are being encouraged to allow staff to take time off from work to take part in the event.
- Activists should share info about the lobby etc. on social media. Here are the twitter and facebook event links https://twitter.com/hashtag/loveourcolleges https://www.facebook.com/events/2220544781546432
The timetable for the day is as follows:
11.30am – 12.30pm: Coaches arrive in London. Drop-off likely to be Waterloo Place (where march will form up). Provision to be made for those who may wish to go directly to Westminster rather than join the march, (venue TBC, likely Methodist Central Hall) with staff on hand to sign in, provide briefings and any other support.
12.30pm – 1.30pm: Union-led march from Waterloo Place to Parliament Square – all welcome. Others to have lunch, or begin holding meetings with MPs.
1.30pm – 2.30pm: Rally in Parliament Square. All encouraged to join. (UNISON has a speaker slot at this, though as its the day of the NEC the speaker is still tbc)
2.30pm – 5.30pm: Lobby of parliament.
As schools across the country prepare to open their gates, the school funding crisis is deepening.
91% of schools will have lower per pupil funding in 2019/20 than in 2015/16. Every day headteachers will have to make difficult decisions – decisions about which basic supplies they can afford, which staff will have reduced hours because there’s simply not enough money.
But don’t just take our word for it. Courageous heads like Robin Bevan are speaking out about how these cuts are affecting children.
The Mayor, Sadiq, passed this back to the local Council. Residents are upset by conservative councillors such as Wendy Prentice who made deeply derogatory comments in public – at Town Hall planning meeting – about the existing local secondary school – TTA – (The Totteridge Academy) (see Facebook link).
Ark Pioneer, is planned to stand across the road from TTA, which is currently achieving good GCSE results and has renewed local backing, as well as spare capacity.
Some residents will go into the office to see the Conservatives. Please support the protest outside the office on:
10th January, SATURDAY. 10.00 am to noon.
Venue: Conservative HQ , High Barnet – 163 Barnet High Road.