Getting Organised for 2011
During the past few international chat meetings two ideas were discussed for 2011. All groups interested in the coordination on the ISM next year are asked to discuss these and give feedback. The next international chat meeting is scheduled for January 7th during which we can discuss the feedback and consider the next steps. All people identifying with the struggle for free education are invited to participate.
Reorganising the International Student Movement:
- Creating networks on a regional basis so that we then have sub-networks such as ISM (Asia), ISM (Europe), etc.
To agree on a basis for such networks and increase the level of networking within the region "regional meetings" have been suggested. Of course these would need to be organised by activists within that region itself.
- So far three such sub-networks have been initiated by setting up groups on facebook so far: ISM (Asia), ISM (North America) and ISM (the Balkans).
"Spring of Resistance":
- A new timeframe for coordinated protests on the international and global level was discussed during the last chat meetings. The participants agreed, that a longer timeframe is better, since that would give all groups enough flexibilty to decide when to call for an action locally. Some argued that Earth Day (April 22nd) and Workers Day (May 1st) should be included in our timeframe of actions.
- In the end partcipants agreed to call for a "Spring of Resistance" (SoR) for March-May 2011 and coordinate protests against fees and cuts and for free emancipatory education on an international level during that timeframe. Optionally a Global Week of Action could be embedded during the end of April and the beginning of May encouraging workers to join us in the streets: 'We are your children, fight with us for our future we will fight with you for our present!'.
- Ideas and suggestions for concepts in connection with the SoR will be discussed during the chat meeting this sunday.
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