The protests that erupted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the late 1960s were an important part of the student unrest that shook the US in this period.
Noam Chomsky has talked sympathetically about these protests, which focused on MIT's development of both nuclear weapons and weapons used in the Vietnam war. However, Chomsky also has a strong loyalty to MIT – at one point describing the university as ‘the freest and the most honest and has the best relations between faculty and students than any other ... [with] a good record on civil liberties’ – and it seems this loyalty has prevented him from giving a full account of these events.
Necessary steps in tough economic times: New York students take to the streets in the wake of Occupy
A piece by Marianne LeNabat that takes us through an overview of how students in recent decades have become saddled with debt, how a student movement rose up in NY during the height of Occupy Wall Street, some of the lessons we can draw from organized resistance, and the ripples that student fights caused spreading solidarity throughout various sectors of society.
After police and security attacked a Free Education sit in on Dec 3rd 2014, students at Warwick responded with a 1000 strong demo, followed by an 8 day occupation of university conference facilities - only leaving when the university got an injunction, rendering the occupation illegal. The university has not responded their demands by the deadline they gave (6th Jan 2015) and so they have declared their intention to continue the campaign.