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Socialist councillor leads fight to restore EMA
Coventry Socialist Party councillor Dave Nellist is campaigning against education cuts and tuition fees. Dave launched a petition in October which calls on Coventry council to demand the reinstatement of EMA student payments.
With hundreds of signatures, the petition has forced the council to meet with Dave and local Youth Fight for Jobs (YFJ) campaigners. The petition was presented by Dave Nellist and local YFJ organiser Jethro Waldron.
Dave said: "Young people haven't caused the banking crisis. Instead of spending billions of pounds to bail out the banking system, we should be creating jobs and homes for all, putting the millions before the millionaires. All three major parties tolerate poverty such as this, because to really change it would mean challenging the big business interests in whose favour the country is run."
The council was forced to agree to help host a meeting with YFJ and city youth campaigns, trade unions, college and university student unions and sixth form representatives.
This meeting will discuss a strategy to campaign against the tripling of students' fees, axing of EMA and to fight for jobs for the city's young people.
Help get Coventry Socialist Party councillor Dave Nellist re-elected in May's council elections. There are mass canvasses of St Michael's ward organised on Sunday 19 February, 18 March, 1 April, 15 April and 29 April. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Rob Windsor funeral
The funeral service for former Socialist Party councillor Rob Windsor will be held at Coventry Cathedral at 1pm on Friday 17 February. Read obituary:
Rob Windsor: socialist fighter and Coventry Socialist Party councillor
In The Socialist 15 February 2012:
Fighting the cuts
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