SOME 150 students attended last weekend's highly successful Socialist Worker Student Society national conference. The conference discussed both the big issues facing the global resistance to capitalism, and how to build effective campaigns in every college. Steven from Sussex University described how 80 students chased a World Bank spokesman off their campus recently, and how he was then interviewed about the protest on local radio.
Nial from John Moores University in Liverpool told the conference how they were campaigning against plans to open a bar with topless waitresses 200 metres from the student union building. And Christian from Leeds spoke of confronting a British Aerospace representative when he came to the college to recruit for the company. SWSS groups are now getting ready for a speaking tour by members of Otpor!, the student organisation involved in the Serbian Revolution.
They are also planning delegations to Nice in December to join the protests against EU leaders. Peter from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston told Socialist Worker, "I've never been to anything like this before. It's been brilliant-really helpful and inspiring."
Majwa from Westminster University said, "I know more about the issues now, and feel more confident." And Melusine Colwell, a physics student at UCL, said, "It can get depressing thinking everywhere is so capitalist, but the mood here shows you can fight against it."
GRANTS NOT FEES NATIONAL MARCH
Wednesday 15 November Assemble 11.30am, ULU, Malet Street, central London
Called by the National Union of Students