I helped to found the Student Assembly Against Austerity in late 2013 in order to bring together all student activists and groups in the fight back against austerity, racist scapegoating, climate chaos and war. Since then I have been part of the team of national organisers that has seen the Student Assembly grow from strength to strength.
The Student Assembly was at the forefront of defeating the Tory-Lib Dem government’s attempts to sell off the student loan book in 2014 by leading a big wave of grassroots action on more than 50 campuses across Britain. We have also been at the heart of building a new movement for free education, including organising a 10,000 strong national demonstration and days and weeks of action. Alongside this we have supported trade union battles for fair pay and we’ve joined huge protests against climate change and other big demonstrations to Stand Up To Racism.
It was the struggles for equality and social justice that first brought me into politics – from campaigning against the racist and fascist British National Party (BNP) in my local community and becoming a Women’s Officer in my Students’ Union to getting involved in campaigning for justice for Palestine. Alongside the work I do in the Student Assembly Against Austerity I am also a National Officer for the Stop the War Coalition.