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Nov
2
Thu
Challenging immigration detention @ Mechanics Institute
Nov 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Challenging immigration detention @ Mechanics Institute

These Walls Must Fall is a community campaign to expose, challenge and bring an end to indefinite immigration detention. This meeting with local trade union and migrant rights activists will launch a Manchester declaration against indefinite detention.

Speakers include:
Shadow Immigration Minister, Afzal Khan MP
Unite the Union, NW389 Social Action Branch
Right to Remain
Manchester Migrant Solidarity
Women Asylum Seekers Together

Nov
4
Sat
Health Campaigners Conference @ Hammersmith Town Hall
Nov 4 @ 11:00 am – 4:30 pm
Health Campaigners Conference @ Hammersmith Town Hall

Our NHS and Social Care in Crisis
FIGHTING BACK – TO WIN

Speakers include

  • SARA GORTON, Head of Health UNISON
  • Dr CHAAND NAGPAUL, BMA Chair of Council
  • SARAH COOK, Unite
  • Council leaders STEVE COWAN (LB Hammersmith & Fulham) and JULIAN BELL (Ealing), central to local government resistance on cuts and STPs
  • KEN LOACH, award-winning film director
  • JOHN LISTER, Editor Health Campaigns Together
  • LOCAL campaigners

Nov
15
Wed
Free Education Now – Tax The Rich
Nov 15 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Free Education Now - Tax The Rich

FREE EDUCATION NOW – TAX THE RICH
// SCRAP ALL FEES // LIVING GRANTS FOR ALL // STOP THE CAMPUS CUTS

ASSEMBLE 1pm // MARCH 2pm // WEDNESDAY 15th NOVEMBER // LONDON

***The time is now – march with us on 15th November to make free education a reality!***

The snap General Election, with Labour’s pledge to tax the rich and fund free education, sent waves through society and brought the abolition of tuition fees closer than ever. The time for free education is now. We’re going to organise for action to push it through into reality: on our campuses, in our communities, and on the streets.

There is no shortage of wealth in our society: enormous riches lie hoarded in the pockets of a few. Let’s tax that wealth and put it to better use by investing in an education run by and for students, workers and communities. Instead of a decimated adult education sector and ongoing job cuts on many university campuses, we’re fighting to reverse cuts to further and higher education, to invest, to create decent jobs, and to support students.

Scrapping all fees must mean that no student, home or international, will pay a penny in tuition fees. We want an end to the cash cow treatment of international students. And we want an end to the regressive maintenance loan system which sees poorest students graduating with the highest amount of debt. In its place, and in the place of the shamefully axed Education Maintenance Allowance, we demand living grants for all: every student across further and higher education will receive enough money to study and live without navigating the bureaucratic mess of Student Finance that assumes parental support which many students do not have.

Tuition fees are at the heart of the ongoing marketization of our education system, which is driving cuts across university campuses and a dramatic reduction in further education provision across the country. Marketization drives, and depends on, inequality between institutions and eroding the job security and working conditions of university staff. The Teaching Excellence Framework meant to ‘drive up standards in teaching’ is directly linked to the intensifying exploitation and casualisation of university staff. Scrapping all fees cuts the legs out from underneath this marketization agenda.

Free education accessible to everyone is within our reach. By taking action in our thousands, we can seize it now. March with the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts on 15th November: for an end to tuition fees, for living grants, and for an education system that serves people not profit.