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SOAS shows way in colleges

Issue No. 1771b

ONE OF the liveliest contingents on Saturday’s demo was from London’s SOAS college. Sandy Nicoll is secretary of the college workers’ UNISON union branch.

He explained how they have built the anti-war movement, and argues that the same potential exists in every college:

'WE HAVE an academic staff here who study the area of the world Blair and Bush are bombing. They know what the result will be. We also have a wide diversity of students. But what we have done is not special - the same feelings exist in every college.

'We held a staff meeting about the war not long after 11 September, and about 30 people came. Then when term started we launched a Stop the War group. It was incredible. Within two weeks we had signed up over 500 students and staff.

Over 260 came to our first Stop the War meeting, and we got people to take on all sorts of jobs to build Saturday’s demo. We had people covering different sites.

We had teams making placards, painting banners and involving as many people as possible.

'On Saturday we got over 350 people from the college there. Whole classes came, and we marched from the college across London to join the demo. The atmosphere here is just buzzing now, but we are not sitting back.

'This weekend we have a teach-in, which will be great, and now we have staff from here going out to speak to other colleges and workplaces to get the anti-war movement going there. Every college should be thinking big about this movement.'


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Sat 20 Oct 2001, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1771b
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