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From The Socialist newspaper, 5 October 2011

Campaigners learn the ropes

Samantha Garratt, Leeds Trinity Students Against Cuts (LTSAC)

Leeds Trinity University College was named in some reports as the most likely university to close due to the hike in tuition fees. After the 10 November NUS demo and a local march in Leeds, a group of students from Trinity decided it was time we organised ourselves to fight back against the ridiculous proposals.

LTSAC started off with public meetings and countless leaflets in order to get other like-minded students involved. We then occupied one of the most visible rooms on campus. For most of us this was the first time we had participated in any kind of protest, so we asked for help from the Socialist Party who had sent a speaker to our first public meeting.

Socialist Party members helped link LTSAC with the likes of Leeds University Against Cuts, Youth Fight For Jobs and local press contacts. This not only helped us share ideas but also gave us more opportunities to spread the word about our activities.

The Socialist Party also helped us work out our demands by giving us examples from other occupations and campaigns. We won two of our demands - "no victimisation of staff or students involved in activity" and "permanent office space to run anti-cuts campaigns from".

LTSAC held the very first occupation, rally and political discussions in the history of Leeds Trinity University College.

Meetings within the occupation included the successful struggle against Thatcher's poll tax and how Liverpool City council successfully defended jobs and services in the 1980s by adopting a deficit budget and leading a mass campaign to win the extra money from the Tory government.

We have had vast press coverage including on local radio and a two page spread in the Independent newspaper which shows how far LTSAC has come with a helping hand from our friends at various unions, staff at Trinity and the Socialist Party.

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In The Socialist 5 October 2011:


Socialist Party news and analysis

As BAE threatens cuts... Fight for Jobs!

Miliband's fruitless dreams of a 'better capitalism'

Labour Party conference - No way forward given by 'reclaim Labour' speakers

Tory conference farce - Carry on cutting!

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Manchester: Thousands say no to cuts

Glasgow: Prepare for 30 November strike

London union leaders call for electoral challenge

Poplar and Liverpool: 'If you fight, you can win'


Socialist Party feature

Right to protest under attack


Socialist Party workplace news

North-west construction electricians meet

Construction electricians invade Kings Cross station

Fighting library closures


Socialist Party youth and students

Extract from Jarrow Marchers Blog: Day 1 & 2

Danger: young people's futures at risk

Campaigners learn the ropes

Students join the socialists as fury grows over cuts and fees


Socialist Party review

'Chav hate is class hate'


International socialist news and analysis

USA: Occupy Wall Street struggle spreads

Irish trade unionists meet to launch Activists Network

Chilean students in fifth month of protests


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