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#KeepTheGrants #GrantsNotDebt #CutTheCosts
We have a fight on our hands to stop the Tories from slashing vital student financial support. George Osborne announced in the summer budget hat maintenance grants for students from low-income families will be scrapped from 2016.
Last year when the government tried to privatization the student loan book, a mass grassroots movement led by the Student Assembly Against Austerity forced a government u-turn. We can win again – but only if we build a strong and united student fight back!
This means we urgently need to build mass movement on every campus to stop this privatization from happening.
We want everyone to get involved - no previous activism experience required!
WHAT CAN YOU?
Check out this liveblog from our campaign to #StopTheSellOff of student loans for some ideas.
How to take part in the national day of action:
* TARGET YOUR LOCAL MP – start collecting hundreds of signatures from students on campus calling on your local MP to oppose the scrapping of maintenance grants. Deliver it to them in person and demand they sign Early Day Motion 294 in Parliament against this cut. Check out the MPs already signed up here.
* ORGANISE A ‘DEBT IN’ – a organise creative and visual stunt on campus involving students laying under crushing levels on student debt, symbolized by red boxes.* BANNER DROPS – an effective way of raising awareness in a high profile way. Choose somewhere prominent on campus and drop a banner with a clear message such as ‘Grants not debt’ or ‘Keep the grants’
* HOLD A STALL ON CAMPUS – hold a stall, give out leaflets and start talking to people. To build a movement to stop this vicious attack on students we need to make sure everyone knows what is going on and most importantly what we can do to stop it
* PROMOTE THE NATIONAL DEMO FOR FREE EDUCATION – on Wednesday 4 November students from all over Britain will be marching in London to demand free education and an end to the government’s attacks on students. Use this day to promote the protest. Order some posters and leaflets here.
* GET CREATIVE – there are loads of other things you could do to be part of the day of action from photo action to peaceful direct action – this most important thing is that you get involved
Please contact us if you’d like help with planning your action by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org - and please also let us know what you are planning so we can add it to the actions listings below.
CAMPUSES TAKING PART
Contact the University of Birmingham Student Assembly Against Austerity.
Contact the Bournemouth University Student Assembly Against Austerity.
Contact the University of Bristol Student Assembly Against Austerity.
CITY & ISLINGTON COLLEGE
Contact the City and Islington Student Assembly Against Austerity.
Contact the Exeter Socialist Students.
Contact the University of Kent Student Assembly Against Austerity.
#GrantsNotDebt demo outside BIS – called by the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts 12noon outside the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Contact the Midkent College Students’ Union