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Stop the War Student conference: preparing for the year ahead

by Mark Bergfeld
Issue No. 2170

The Student Stop the War conference in London last Saturday brought 120 delegates from across the country together to discuss the tasks of the anti-war movement.

The university occupations over Gaza earlier this year won a new layer of activists to the anti-war movement.

The atrocities committed by the Israeli government in January have also forged a new layer of anti-imperialists who are committed to building Stop the War groups in places where groups have not previously existed.

Speakers including Ilan Pappe and Lowkey attracted a very broad audience.

And Guy Smallman’s photo­graphy and his work on Afghanistan resonated with the students.

Despite the fact that the NUS has disaffiliated from the Stop the War Coalition it is nonetheless important that anti-war activists carry the issue of the war into their students’ unions.

James Haywood, NUS national executive member (pc) said that this could be done by twinning our universities with Palestinian universities or passing motions to kick army recruiters off campus.

With one million 16-25 year olds unemployed, army recruiters should not feel welcome on our campuses.

Delegates also raised the issue of organising a student bloc at the national Stop the War demonstration in London on 24 October.


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Tue 22 Sep 2009, 18:28 BST
Issue No. 2170
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