Timetable for next couple of days

Hello all,

There is loads happening in the next couple days in the occupied Simon building! Drop by any time, or come along to one of the planned events! Below is the timetable so far:

WEDNESDAY 18th

3.30pm – Public meeting on Zionism

6pm – Big Planning meeting

7.30pm – Openmedia special screening of ‘Wall’

THURSDAY 19th

3.30pm – Public meeting/ discussion ‘HOW DO WE MEET OUR DEMANDS?’ Will discuss what the Man Uni Occupation will do next

7pm – Ilan Pappe talk in Roscoe (lecture theatre A), with a link up so a few people can stay in the occupation to watch it

Hope to see you soon!

🙂

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  1. Bryan Finlay said

    Your occupation of a few weeks ago means that the John Owens building is now all but completely forbidden to students.

    However, this means that students looking for the uni’s student services centre on Burlington Street will no longer have to waste time wandering all up and down the John Owens building, having to knock on office doors to ask where the SSC is, so well done!

  2. Sue-Ann said

    From: “Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign”
    Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2009 14:47:50 -0000
    To: SPSC
    Subject: BREAKING NEWS – St Andrews University Students in Occupation!

    Support St Andrews University Students in Occupation

    Please send your messages of support to the students at St Andrews University who have just began their occupation in protest at the University’s complicity in Israel’s crimes against the Palestinian people: campaign@scottishpsc.org.uk

    Student are also asking for anyone living or working in the area to visit them – show your support!

    Having presented the petition, already signed by over 30 academics and 700 students, to the Principal of the University around 50 people have occupied Lower College Hall in protest at the University’s complicity in the Israeli occupation.

    ———-

    We, the concerned students of the University of St. Andrews demand that the university condemns the illegal bombing and genocide in Gaza and Israel’s indiscriminate targeting of civilians. In particular, as an educational establishment we urge that it shows practical solidarity with the Islamic university of Gaza and other schools and colleges damaged during the bombing.

    We believe that now is the time for the university to firmly and unilaterally cut all financial and commercial ties with any companies that in any way supports the apartheid state of Israel. The university has led the way in adopting a policy of ethical investment. Now is the time for students, staff and management to show that we do not lack the courage to condemn crimes against humanity, nor the generosity to help those who are in such desperate need. Specifically we demand that the university:

    1)Immediately suspends and pledges not to renew its contract with Eden Springs, the Israeli water company which illegally steals water from the Golan Heights. It is not enough that this contract run out this year, it must be canceled now.

    2) Investigates its million pound research contracts with defense companies and the ministry of defense. Centrally, that the university sets up a review seeking to find replacement funding for the research contracts with BAE systems and its extensive links to Accenture. Both have close ties with the apartheid regime of Israel.

    3)Sets up a scholarship program for Palestinian Students and commits to a minimum of 10 scholarships. This would send out an important symbolic message that we will not turn a blind eye to the Palestinian students who are unable to study because of the attacks on educational infrastructure and constant state of terror which prevents students from attending university.

    4) Organizes a collection on campus, including a broadcasting of the DEC appeal, for aid for Gaza, makes available non-monetary aid such as course books, desks etc. and also establishes links with the Islamic University of Gaza in order to find out how it might aid with reconstruction.

    5) Following the letter signed by fifty medical students, that Bute medical school provides medical aid for Palestine in the form of medical equipment and drugs and through supporting organizations such as medical aid for Palestine (supported by Medsin)

    In all of these measure the university might link up with other Scottish and English universities who are also adopting similar policies in order to develop a common, humanitarian and equitable approach to Israeli companies and those linked to its war machine and to the Palestinian people and its ravaged educational infrastructure.

    Many thanks,

    St Andrews Univeresity Student Occupation

  3. Sue-Ann said

    Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2009, 10:58 PM
    10:45 pm Thursday: About 60 students inside plus 45 supporters outside. GO NOW TO WASHINGTON SQ. SOUTH AND LAGUARDIA PLACE. So far NYPD has not raided campus.

    February 18, 2009 10:37PM

    NYU IS OCCUPIED!!!
    NYU students and other city students in solidarity have taken NYU.
    By SingleSpark

    NYU students and other city students in solidarity have taken NYU.
    ****FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***** *

    NYU BUILDING TAKEOVER!!!

    At approximately 10pm tonight (Feb. 18), students of Take Back NYU! took over the Kimmel Marketplace. They have blockaded the doors and declared an occupation! They presented their demands to the NYU administration. They read as follows:
    DEMANDS
    We, the students of NYU, declare an occupation of this space. This occupation is the culmination of a two-year campaign by the Take Back NYU! coalition, and of campaigns from years past, in whose footsteps we follow.
    In order to create a more accountable, democratic and socially responsible university, we demand the following:

    1. Full legal and disciplinary amnesty for all parties involved in the occupation.
    2. Full compensation for all employees whose jobs were disrupted during the course of the occupation.
    3. Public release of NYU’s annual operating budget, including a full list of university expenditures, salaries for all employees compensated on a semester or annual basis, funds allocated for staff wages, contracts to non-university organizations for university construction and services, financial aid data for each college, and money allocated to each college, department, and administrative unit of the university. Furthermore, this should include a full disclosure of the amount and sources of the university’s funding.

    4. Disclosure of NYU’s endowment holdings, investment strategy, projected endowment growth, and persons, corporations and firms involved in the investment of the university’s endowment funds. Additionally, we demand an endowment oversight body of students, faculty and staff who exercise shareholder proxy voting power for the university’s investments.

    5. That the NYU Administration agrees to resume negotiations with GSOC/UAW Local 2110 – the union for NYU graduate assistants, teaching assistants, and research assistants. That NYU publically affirm its commitment to respect all its workers, including student employees, by recognizing their right to form unions and to bargain collectively. That NYU publically affirm that it will recognize workers’ unions through majority card verification.

    6. That NYU signs a contract guaranteeing fair labor practices for all NYU employees at home and abroad. This contract will extend to subcontracted workers, including bus drivers, food service employees and anyone involved in the construction, operation and maintenance at any of NYU’s non-U.S. sites.

    7. The establishment of a student elected Socially Responsible Finance Committee. This Committee will have full power to vote on proxies, draft shareholder resolutions screen all university investments, establish new programs that encourage social and environmental responsibility and override all financial decisions the committee deems socially irresponsible, including investment decisions. The committee will be composed of two subcommittees: one to assess the operating budget and one to assess the endowment holdings. Each committee will be composed of ten students democratically elected from the graduate and under-graduate student bodies. All committee decisions will be made a strict majority vote, and will be upheld by the university. All members of the Socially Responsible Finance Committee will sit on the board of trustees, and will have equal voting rights. All Socially Responsible Finance Committee and Trustee meetings shall be open to the public, and their minutes made accessible electronically through NYU’s website. Elections will be held the second Tuesday of every March beginning March 10th 2009, and meetings will be held biweekly beginning the week of March 30th 2009.

    8. That the first two orders of business of the Socially Responsible Finance committee will be:
    a) An in depth investigation of all investments in war and genocide profiteers, as well as companies profiting from the occupation of Palestinian territories.
    b) A reassessment of the recently lifted of the ban on Coca Cola products.

    9. That annual scholarships be provided for thirteen Palestinian students, starting with the 2009/2010 academic year. These scholarships will include funding for books, housing, meals and travel expenses.

    10. That the university donate all excess supplies and materials in an effort to rebuild the University of Gaza.

    11. Tuition stabilization for all students, beginning with the class of 2012. All students will pay their initial tuition rate throughout the course of their education at New York University. Tuition rates for each successive year will not exceed the rate of inflation, nor shall they exceed one percent. The university shall meet 100% of government-calculat ed student financial need.

    12. That student groups have priority when reserving space in the buildings owned or leased by New York University, including, and especially, the Kimmel Center.

    13. That the general public have access to Bobst Library.

    Along with this, students have issued a SOLIDARITY STATEMENT

    We, the students of Take Back NYU! declare our solidarity with the student [sleepovers] in Greece, Italy, and the United Kingdom, as well as those of the University of Rochester, the New School for Social Research, and with future [sleepovers] to come in the name of democracy and student power. We stand
    in solidarity with the University of Gaza, and with the people of Palestine.

    MORE:
    Questions, updates : Connor (979) 204-9253

    http://takebacknyu. com/
    http://groups. google.com/ group/take- back-nyu/ subscribe
    or http://nyc.indymedi a.org
    I will post any calls for support at
    http://snipurl. com/nyprotest
    (no password needed.)

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