BUILD MASS STUDENT ACTION TO STOP THE CUTS & FEE HIKES AND SAVE EMA

Shut Down London on the 26th March 2011!
Bring Down the Government! Build a mass, integrated youth-led civil rights movement!
Stop the cuts and fee hikes - Save EMA - Fight for free, equal, quality education for all - Fight racism & anti-immigrant bigotry - Stop the deportations - Sanctuary campuses now - Full Citizenship Rights for all immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers, We are All the New Britain No victimisation of activists - Stop scapegoating the black, Asian, Muslim & immigrant communities for the economic and social crisis - Make the Equality Act Real!
Education is a right and not a privilege. We can make this true if we keep building our new student movement. In the coming months each and every university management will decide how much to increase student fees. FE college managements will attempt to make major cuts in staff and programmes. These actions are bound to set off a new round of student struggles on campuses throughout the country. If we organise student strikes, student walk-outs and other mass actions we can defeat these cuts and spread our actions to other campuses. We must abandon relying on moral protest actions or small ineffective occupations to win. Our aim is to assert our power, not to appeal to the decency and morals of managements who know the social cost of what they are doing, but are determined to proceed anyway.

SHUT DOWN LONDON – BRING DOWN THE COALITION GOVERNMENT

On the 26th March the trade unions have called for a massive action in London to save education and stop the cuts. If we can organise masses of students and youth to attend this march with the aim of Shutting Down London, then we can begin a process that could reverse the fee hikes and restore the EMA on a national basis. There are many ways to Shut Down London for a day. A million people on the streets of London on the 26th March would shut it down that day. We can achieve this. The trade unions have already booked trains and coaches to bring people to the march from all over the nation. We can help fill the trains and coaches. But our movement can achieve far more than that if we build it as an independent mass movement determined to win. We need to bring down the Coalition Government in order to defeat the cuts. Actions led by students in Tunisia and Egypt have taken to new heights the struggles of students and youth that started in France last autumn and spread to Britain, Greece, Italy and other places. If we begin preparing now to make the 26th March the first of many days of action to Shut Down London we can win. But to achieve this task we must learn the lessons from our actions of last November and December, so that we can be better organised, more politically clear, and able to employ tactics that can win. We must use the next couple of months to build a collective leadership that is accountable to the movement and committed to winning the fight. Movement for Justice is the only organisation determined to carry out this perspective. We urge all of those want to win to join us now.

Learning the Lessons of November and December
The greatest gain of our movement last November and December is the transformation it caused in us. For the first time we were able to feel powerful and free. The marches, working to shut down London with perfect strangers that had our backs and always supported each other and even getting kettled and fighting, talking, and partying with people from so many different cultures and backgrounds, gave us a glimpse of the society we could create. The student movement we built in response to the Government’s fee hikes, abolition of EMA and savage cuts in education funding has been a wake-up call for a nation stunned by the Coalition’s planned destruction of the central social advances of the twentieth century – free public education for all, a free NHS, and basic security for all through the welfare system. We inspired so much of the country with our boldness. Over Christmas many of us were told by parents, teachers and other authority figures that what we felt was not real and that what we did was inconsequential. Some of us were desperate to counter the cynicism and pessimism of those who say, “if you fight, you lose, because the rich and powerful will always have power”, and are searching for a real answer to the question of why we failed to stop the fee hikes and the abolition of the EMA.

To Win We Must Escalate Our Fight
The truth is that the Government won the votes in Parliament, not because the Coalition is so strong but because we didn’t exercise our social power enough – because there wasn’t enough social unrest on our streets, in our communities and at our educational institutions. We have the power to shut down London and other major cities, to shut down education and stop ‘business as usual’. That’s what we have to do if we want to save free, public education. But in order to win, we need a leadership that is committed to broadening our struggle and educating and organising our student bodies. One of the dangers we face in building the 26th March is that we will cede all power and decision-making authority to the trade union leadership, the do-nothing, self-proclaimed community “leaders” and Labour Party officials. We cannot let our new movement become immersed in or subordinated to dead-end manoeuvres with trade union bureaucrats or the current NUS leaders. These leaders are tied to the Labour Party and will tie our new movement to the Labour Party. The Labour Party is not even trying to bring down the government and has never even pledged to restore the EMA or reverse the fee hikes and all the other cuts that the Government is making.

Build an Independent Movement of Students Tied To the Black, Asian, Muslim, Immigrant Communities and the Oppressed
The Coalition Government, despite all of its bravado, knows that what it is trying to pull off is dangerous and could lead to social upheaval. They are constantly testing out how far they can go. There are constant threats of more cuts, but what will actually be proposed in the March budget is still in flux. It is becoming more apparent that if the Government’s policies of massive cuts are enacted the whole society will plummet into a far worse economic crisis, and some of their billionaire backers will take fright and abandon the Coalition. The job of the movement is to organise the boldest, angriest resistance to the cuts that we can. If the Government had paid a bigger price for the fee hikes, and the social stability of the whole society had been thrown into question, a lot of the proposed cuts would already be rescinded. To build the power of our new movement it is imperative for us to draw in larger numbers of black, Asian, Muslim and immigrant students and youth. All the political parties are blaming immigrant and minority communities for the social problems. We need greater numbers of poor and working class white youth who already understand that they must fight with black and Asian youth because of our shared interests, rather than rely on an alliance with the current ruling sectors of society based on white skin privilege. We need a larger core of young leaders who understand the role of the police and the courts, and understand why we need to build mass, militant actions to win. School students must be brought into our movement in greater numbers to help our movement stay honest and full of energy. The greatest strength of our new movement is what our enemies fear the most: the anger, determination and power of those who have most to lose – young black, Asian, Muslim, other ethnic minority, immigrant, poor working class and oppressed students in schools, FE colleges and universities, and their communities. By building a united, integrated movement that stands on the egalitarian and democratic principles that are embodied in our nation’s longstanding promise of free education and expanding opportunities for the vast majority, we can bring prosperity and progress to our nation. By building a new student and youth-led movement that is not afraid to speak the plain truth about racism, sexism, homophobia and anti-immigrant bigotry, we can create a new Britain in which everyone is afforded the dignity, respect and hope that we all deserve and want. If we use the next two months to rebuild the dynamism of the student movement on this basis and organise mass student mobilisations to oppose the fee hikes and cuts on our campuses and for the TUC’s anti-cuts demonstration on the 26th March, We Can SHUT DOWN LONDON! BRING DOWN THE COALITION GOVERNMENT!

Join the Movement for Justice
We march today, we march tomorrow, and we keep marching to build a new Britain, diverse, integrated and equal. We aim to win. We tell the truth about racism, sexism and anti-gay bigotry. We believe every human being is entitled to a job, to education, to food, shelter and the other necessities of life, so that every one of us can live in dignity, proud to be who we are, encouraged and able to fulfill our aspirations. Get in touch for details of our regular meetings, and to find out how you can help build the 26th March, and to start an MFJ group at your school, college, sixth form or University. Find us on FB: ‘Movement for Justice by any means necessary’ Email: mail@movementforjustice.org.uk Call: 07930 30 22 63

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