Building on our post from July, we urge you to sign this petition for the Guild of Students to join and support the national demonstration at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham on October 2nd, and to join the NUS-backed TUC demonstration on October 20th.
The petition can be signed here – http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/guild-support-tuc-and-tory-conference-demos/
Along with women and disabled students, black and minority ethnic students are amongst the hardest hit by the cuts made by the Conservative-led government. Black youth unemployment is now 56%, the rate having increased at almost twice the rate for white 16 to 24-year-olds since the start of the recession in 2008. In the Tories’ latest attack on BME students they have revoked London Metropolitan University’s license to teach international students, on whose fees it depends on for funding; this being the university with the highest proportion of BME students in the country.
With the recent Cabinet reshuffle in Westminster, the microcosm of the Government has been further reduced with there being no BME political presence in any Cabinet role. The only non-white minister Baroness Warsi was sacked from her role as Conservative Party Co-Chairman and Cabinet Minister and made Faith & Communities Minister.
We are fighting for a fairer society, and this is a fight that the Guild has supported in the past. In last November’s Guild Council we added this to Guild’s Beliefs and Commitments document “The Guild believes it has the duty to back NUS supported demonstrations and protests, and believes it has the duty to play a significant part in the mobilisation for aforementioned demonstrations and protests.” Motion 10K so it’s already official Guild policy to support these things yet they’re violating it.
There is clear precedent with regards to the Guild marching on political party conferences having backed last year’s demonstration at the Liberal Democrat party conference and precedent for backing anti-austerity marches having had sent coaches to the TUC national demo last year.
Please show your support and sign the petition,