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From The Socialist newspaper, 5 November 2014

Socialist Students

Socialist Students is a campaigning organisation on campuses across the country supported by the Socialist Party.

Sheffield

Latin American students at Sheffield University celebrated the traditional Mexican "Day of the Dead" festival on 1-2 November.

After traditional Mexican dances, they presented the altar to the dead. On this occasion, to both Frida Kahlo and the 43 students from Ayotzinapa who 'disappeared' after being arrested on 26 September.

Mexican student socialist Ramon Centeno gave a speech explaining the disappearances. Socialist Stu-dents joined the protest, calling for solidarity with "Normalista" education activists and justice for the disappeared.

Yorkshire

Socialist Students groups are now active on every university campus in Yorkshire.

On 25 October, students held a regional conference attended by 30 delegates.

In addition to inspiring discussions on current affairs and Marxist theory, the conference agreed to elect a regional student committee.

Hatfield

An introduction to socialist ideas was warmly received by students in Hatfield. The opening meeting on 27 October was attended by 14, including students from Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Universities.

Activists gained a lot of attention during the day when campaigning against tuition fees and high rents and bus fares.


This year my sixth form Marxist discussion group is bigger and more active than ever. We have seven new members, and two have since joined the Socialist Party. I explained Socialism 2014 is an excellent opportunity to learn about our ideas from someone, meet other comrades and listen to inspirational international speakers. They jumped at the opportunity.

"We are bringing at least four down for the full weekend and another two for the Sunday. Socialism 2014 is looking to be the biggest and best yet, and I'm thrilled to be taking so many new comrades with me."

Non Frenguelli, Coventry East

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The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

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In The Socialist 5 November 2014:


Socialist Party news and analysis

Cold, cruel cuts: Fight the Con-Dem attacks

The Con-Dems' Machiavellian cuts

All main parties in crisis: where will the opposition go?

Pressure mounts on zero-hour contracts

Them & Us


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Every penny counts: donate to Socialism 2014

TUSC fights for health centre

Carlisle: Stop the car parking tax

Socialist Students campaign reports


International socialist news and analysis

Ireland water tax: 'We won't pay'

Burkina Faso: Mass uprising ousts dictator


Socialist Party workplace news

Back fresh strikes to save the NHS

Defend firefighters' right to strike!

Victory to St Mungo's strikers

Sheffield Green workers start indefinite strike

Greenwich libraries victory

Police staff ballot for decent pay

Ritzy cinema bosses back down

Kent: Range wardens strike

Workplace news in brief


Readers' comments

Agree with Russell Brand? Join the Socialist Party!

Ebola virus crisis - no profit, no vaccine

Repel the Tories' attacks on our democratic rights

Portsmouth jihadis: austerity and alienation to blame

Take over software giants


Obituary

Benny Adams


 

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