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Student Militancy Increasing

Tuition hikes, financial aid cuts and the massacre in Gaza have sparked a semester of occupations.

A series of university occupations that began in mid-January has continued with growing momentum. As of today, there have been thirty occupations at universities in the UK and the US. And, what is most surprising, is that many of the occupations have ended with victories for the student activists who dared to speak up. Are we witnessing the first stages of a global student uprising?

According to Occupations.org.uk, "To date there have been 28 UK university occupations. The universities occupied have been SOAS, LSE, Essex, King’s College, Birmingham, Sussex, Warwick, Manchester Met, Oxford, Leeds, Cambridge, Sheffield Hallam, Bradford, Nottingham, Queen Mary’s, Manchester, Strathclyde, Glasgow, Goldsmiths, Edinburgh, UEA, Byam Shaw, UEL, St Andrews, UWE, Plymouth, UAL and Cardiff. There have been 2 occupations of BBC buildings- one in Glasgow and one in London. There has also been two university occupation abroad that we know of at the University of Rochester in the USA and NYU." We can also add the New School occupation to their list making a grand total of 31 university occupations.

In other cities, students are engaging in activities that could lead to future occupations. In Philadelphia, for example, students from Penn State and Temple recently protested against budget cuts. Elsewhere, University of Buffalo students protested in Albany and in Binghamton, New York, graduate students are forming an alternative Graduate Student Employment Union.

With student protests increasing, middle-class dissent simmering, and a global economy in crisis it feels like the future might be up for grabs.

Will students unite with their parents in protest?

Micah White is a Contributing Editor at Adbusters Magazine and an independent activist. www.micahmwhite.com

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theory fiend

interesting theoretical essay about these occupations: http://jdeanicite.typepad.com/files/preoccupied-reading.pdf summary: http://jdeanicite.typepad.com/i_cite/2009/01/preoccupied.html

theory fiend

interesting theoretical essay about these occupations: http://jdeanicite.typepad.com/files/preoccupied-reading.pdf summary: http://jdeanicite.typepad.com/i_cite/2009/01/preoccupied.html

global?

Are we witnessing the first stages of a global student uprising? -> there are some more countries and universities than the u.s. and uk. seems quite arrogant to speak about a "global student uprising" while the article only mentioned the u.s. and uk.

global?

Are we witnessing the first stages of a global student uprising? -> there are some more countries and universities than the u.s. and uk. seems quite arrogant to speak about a "global student uprising" while the article only mentioned the u.s. and uk.

Anonymous

Botswana: http://www.nation.co.ke/News/africa/-/1066/525082/-/13rttpiz/-/ South Africa: http://www.sowetan.co.za/News/Article.aspx?id=948091

Anonymous

Botswana: http://www.nation.co.ke/News/africa/-/1066/525082/-/13rttpiz/-/ South Africa: http://www.sowetan.co.za/News/Article.aspx?id=948091

galex121

Hi, I personally feel students are getting more empowered everywhere. I am a student of York University, and lately they have carried out a student protest in order to decrease tuition fees. I have a reason to believe that the university will succumb to the demands and lower the fees. Great post! Alex

galex121

Hi, I personally feel students are getting more empowered everywhere. I am a student of York University, and lately they have carried out a student protest in order to decrease tuition fees. I have a reason to believe that the university will succumb to the demands and lower the fees. Great post! Alex

echoplex

Well. let's hope they have a few more brains than the *cystic fibrosis is a white mans disease* bunch of idiots. It's good to be active and play a role in the world, but check your facts first. There are now students getting really active in stuff like 'neighborhood watch'; where people narc on their neighbors and keep lists of 'suspects' based on hearsay and the general community popularity contest thing. Yikes!, Look who's a NAZI now? Being different doesn't make people criminals. Hate is hate. Prejudice is prejudice. Deciding that people are bad, and that you should fear them, without getting to know them directly (ie: for yourself) is the same as racism. And try understand someone for longer than 15 minutes for once in your life.

echoplex

Well. let's hope they have a few more brains than the *cystic fibrosis is a white mans disease* bunch of idiots. It's good to be active and play a role in the world, but check your facts first. There are now students getting really active in stuff like 'neighborhood watch'; where people narc on their neighbors and keep lists of 'suspects' based on hearsay and the general community popularity contest thing. Yikes!, Look who's a NAZI now? Being different doesn't make people criminals. Hate is hate. Prejudice is prejudice. Deciding that people are bad, and that you should fear them, without getting to know them directly (ie: for yourself) is the same as racism. And try understand someone for longer than 15 minutes for once in your life.

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