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From The Socialist newspaper, 5 November 2014
Socialist Students is a campaigning organisation on campuses across the country supported by the Socialist Party.
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.
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.
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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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
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
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