Students across the world have been on the frontline of struggles for change. Most recently, people of all ages have been joined by radical students in the #BlackLivesMatter movement, demanding justice for George Floyd and for an end to racist policing.
We have been central to the climate strikes movement, and played a huge role in building solidarity for the UCU strikes. More and more of us are drawing conclusions about how the problems facing us – racism, climate crisis and all oppression – are systemic issues.
As a system, capitalism only knows the language of what is profitable for an exploiting elite – not what is needed by the mass of people around the world, which is becoming more and more obvious each day with the ongoing Coronavirus crisis.
More than ever, our movement needs a Marxist and revolutionary voice. This is why we have taken the decision to launch Student Socialist Alternative.
We stand in solidarity with Socialist Alternative – ISA in England, Wales and Scotland and its international organisation – International Socialist Alternative, active in 30 countries around the worldWe believe that the fight against oppression, exploitation and climate chaos has to be the fight for socialist change. This means co-ordinating struggles wherever they emerge. We also believe that to change society we need to understand how capitalism works and that we need to educate ourselves in socialist and Marxist theory. With a movement of students and workers united with anti-racist, climate and anti-oppression campaigners, to build a movement for revolutionary change!
A recent ‘consultation’, launched at short notice by the Office for Students (OfS) – a subsection of the Department for Education – has proposed a 50% cut to courses in the arts at UK universities for the 2021-2022 academic year, coming into effect from September onwards. This suggestion has been […]
Two reports have recently emerged trying to whitewash the Tories of blame and deny the racism that is endemic within capitalist society. On 30 March, the Met Police investigated themselves, only to find that they had “acted appropriately” when forcibly clamping on vigils to Sarah Everard and other victims of […]
A review into racism at the University of Glasgow has shown that 1 in 20 Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students and staff have experienced at least one or more incidents of racial harassment. The report, prompted by a study from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) in 2019, […]
The student revolt erupting across the country continues to take place. New initiatives, such as the ‘Nancy Out!’ campaign in Manchester where students are fighting to remove the current Vice Chancellor Nancy Rothwell, demonstrate that for us, this is not just a simple matter of winning small concessions. We want […]
by Greg Briscoe, Brighton Student Socialist Alternative
Student Socialist Alternative hosted an online meeting titled ‘The Fight to Reclaim Education: Socialist Organisers’ Call’ on Friday 22nd January. This brought student rent strikers together with activists from London Renters’ Union, the University and Colleges Union and more. The speakers were very well received, with the other participants speaking […]
The International Socialist Alternative (internationalsocialist.net) has launched the campaign – Solidarity Against Repression in China & Hong Kong – to unite international forces to provide solidarity and support and to build resistance against the CCP’s suppression of Hong Kong’s and mainland China’s democratic rights.
A crucial part of the solidarity campaign is our global speakers tour, which this discussion is a part of.
On Wednesday June 9 we will discuss with ISA activists from China and Hong Kong. While the ongoing Cold War between China and the US continues to rage, we will discuss these issues will affect workers and youth in Britain. Already, the Tories have attempted to falsely and hypocritically pose as defenders of the rights of the people of Hong Kong, after decades of helpong to prop up the dictatorship in China.
Since the Hong Kong mass struggles in 2019, the situation has changed completely. The dictatorship of Xi Jinping and the misnamed ‘Communist’ Party (CCP) has answered with massive and unprecedented repression of democratic rights aimed at destroying the movement and preventing any future mass struggles in Hong Kong and China. Opposition leaders will be sentenced to five years and more. The left-wing grassroots fighter and ex-parliamentary member “Long Hair”, Leung Kwok-hung, has already been sentenced to 14 months and his sentence will certainly be increased with new charges being brought to court .
This initiative is an independent working class campaign that focuses on the situation facing the oppressed layers in China and Hong Kong (workers, young people, women and ethnic minorities) and counters the attempts of the Tories and Western right-wing governments to falsely pose as defenders of democratic rights in order to advance their Cold War agendas.
Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay up to date about the political situation, the upcoming dates of the speakers tour and the development of the campaign; there we will also post all information regarding local protests in support of the issue – join us in the street!
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We need your support!
Our comrades and fellow socialists in China and Hong Kong are in urgent need of international solidarity; they are directly threatened and affected by the repression.
The aim of this campaign is to spread awareness about what is really happening in China and Hong Kong and to mobilise solidarity from ordinary people, workers and youth. Your support will be of great help to continue the political work despite the extremely difficult and dangerous conditions.
Spread the word! Inform your friends and co-workers and invite them to this event. Get in touch if you want to receive campaign material to actively support it or if you simply want to know more about it.
The ISA section in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan also needs our financial support. The situation is already hard, and could get even tougher if public activities are banned in the coming months. Become a monthly sustainer, every sum is welcome: chinaworker.info/en/donation.
We need your support to demand the release of Longhair! Please write letters to him to show your solidarity. Please read the instructions for such solidarity letters (you can find them in this article chinaworker.info/en/2021/03/18/26793), as the regime’s rules around prisoners’ mail are extremely strict.