Following the largest demonstration yet, a second occupation has begun at the University of Sussex. This statement was read from the steps of the occupied BSMS building.
We, 200 students and staff of this university, have occupied the Michael Chowen lecture theatre.
This action is a response to a lack of alternatives within the current situation. Management still refuse to engage with our demands even as they attempt to placate us by feigning negotiation. So we reiterate that we will not compromise, and state them again:
- An immediate end to the privatisation process
- An immediate end to management intimidation and attempts to stifle dissent
- The establishing of a means for us to hold management to account
But in being here, as with the occupation of Bramber House, we go beyond those demands. According to the management, we will fade away if we are ignored. In fact, we are going nowhere. We are the students and staff who make this university, and we will not tolerate the parasites that feed off us.
Michael Farthing and VCEG are hated across campus: the Student’s Union has not one, but two current votes of no confidence in the Vice Chancellor. Staff distrust and despise him. In taking this space, we materially enact that absence of confidence in rule by Michael Farthing and VCEG.
We are here as students and staff to deny management the power to manage our university. In place of their rule, we create space to imagine alternatives – a university where we hold the power, and need never fear attacks on our jobs and our education.
Our temporary occupation here should be considered a warning shot: this campus was always ours, and we will not allow management to terrorise our community any longer.
We call on all staff and students to join us. To reclaim the spaces of our campus. To strike. To occupy.
The university is a factory – shut it down.
Originally posted at the Sussex Against Privatization blog.
According to twitter, there's
According to twitter, there's now a third occupation following the second mass demo of the day. Sounds like a flash occupation to disrupt the talk that was earlier scheduled for the medical school (which was moved when the original venue was occupied earlier). Apparently a cop was due to speak.
Fucking great :)
Statement of Thursday’s Third
Apparently today's occupations have been (voluntarily) dissolved back into the main Bramber House one. "This is a warning shot".
Quote: The university is a
Is their any theory on the mechanics of university's at all in relation to "capital".
In general, or from Sussex folks in particular? This is pretty good in terms of the integration of universities into the circuits of finance capital (something far more advanced in the US, but accelerating here). This is a pretty good overview of the changes in the UK since 1978 (though is tinged with a bit of nostalgia for a lost age and a sort of liberal civil society angle). This is a recent analysis of a UK institution. I think the 'university is a factory' slogan came from (or was popularised by) the wave of US uni occupations, particularly in California.
Part of the demo earlier, prior to the flash occupations...
Can someone explain to me the
Can someone explain to me the significance of the yellow flags? Is this linked to the red/yellow squares in the Quebec student movement/JK's new avi?
Yeah it's a nod to the Quebec
Yeah it's a nod to the Quebec movement. Sussex is plastered in yellow.
I assumed it was a twitter
I assumed it was a twitter derived trolling i hadn't heard of - like a yellow square for liberal or something
"We are all laurie penny!"
Afaik, the squares are
Afaik, the squares are directly inspired by Quebec, and it's yellow because there were already yellow '1/235' and 'I support the 235' badges in circulation (which management have banned some staff from wearing). There's also a few red ones around and the odd red flag, some of the students have been trying to get 'the renegade union' off the ground. As Zanet says, there's yellow squares in the windows of virtually every building on campus, including some private companies, and they've also been spotted at the bus depot in town (during strikes, buses often refuse to come onto campus).
Guardian coverage: http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2013/feb/28/sussex-university-students-occupy-building
(Park Village residential
(Park Village residential services staff are amongst the 235)
Best propaganda possibly ever
Best propaganda possibly ever
There's also the edu-factory project, which people like George Caffentzis and Silvia Federici have been involved with for a good few years now. See Edu-factory Manifesto, and a paper from 2007 - Notes on the edu–factory and Cognitive Capitalism.
It's an autonomist trope, but I don't know if it goes back all the way to the 70s and the identification of students as "social factory" workers.
Talk face to face with Sussex
Talk face to face with Sussex Occupy this Thurs & Fri
using Google+ Hangout
as part of their open day : ]