Saturday, 12 March 2011

Re-elect Clare Solomon as ULU president

Via Counterfire:

The campaign for re-election of Clare Solomon as president of University of London Union (ULU) continues to attract widespread support.

The campaign has become a focus for many student and anti-cuts activists in London, determined to ensure Europe's biggest student union continues to be led by an uncompromising campaigner against cuts and fees.

Voting is online and closes on Wednesday (16 March) - see below for details of how to vote. Many anti-cuts and anti-fees activists are also helping campaign for Sean Rillo Raczka as vice-president and Hesham Zakai as editor of the widely-read London Student paper. Together with president, these are the key roles in the London-wide student union.

Clare says:

"The University of London Union needs a President who sticks to their manifesto pledges and defends education for all, unlike the Cleggs and Camerons of this world. I promised a campaigning ULU: you got it, with ULU at the heart of the student protests over cuts and fees.

I’m proud of the role ULU played in helping pull together the biggest student movement for a generation. ULU helped support occupations and demonstrations across the city, becoming a powerful voice for students in London and beyond. That’s a voice we will need over the coming year as education faces exceptionally tough times."

Clare's campaign is endorsed by a range of student union officers and campaigners from the broader anti-cuts movement. Here is just a small selection of endorsements:

Daniel Lemberger Cooper, Royal Holloway student union's president-elect and a ULU Senator:
"Active, campaigning and creative unions of the kind that Clare has developed over her short time at ULU are going to be key in fighting against the government’s public spending cuts and their devaluing of education. She has been central to the movement’s upsurge, a committed organiser who has made the University of London Union relevant again!'"

Wanda Canton, Queen Mary student union's Women’s Officer:
"Clare Solomon has genuinely worked hard to resist the appalling and discriminatory cuts of the coalition. Considering the heightened controversy of the student movement this year, she has stood by us and led a ULU union with integrity and honesty. If you don’t want to stand by whilst fees hike, public services are obliterated, and the poorest, least represented communities are isolated further and blocked from education and welfare - VOTE CLARE #1"

Lee Jasper, leading activist for Black Activists Rising Against Cuts (BARAC):
"Clare Solomon represents the best chance for ULU students to elect someone with unambigous progressive politics and firm prinicples. Her leadership and commitment have been an inspiration during the student opposition and campaigns against the cuts. I for one will be rooting for her relection. She enjoys my 100% support."

James Haywood, Goldsmiths student union's president-elect and a ULU Senator:
"100% support. Been absolutely amazing for ULU to have Clare as President, we need another year of it! For a University of London Union that will campaign like it used to against Apartheid in the 1980s."

Jeremy Corbyn MP:
"Good wishes in the election; you are a dedicated, passionate advocate for students at University, totally opposed to the monstrous fees rise and defending EMA to give young people a chance. You have the vision and the energy!"

Sky Yarlett, NUS LGBT committee (p.c.):
"Clare has been at the front-line of the student movement, representing thousands of students voices, showing the government that students will not back down and take £9k fees. I personally and professionally know Clare is one of the hardest working women out there! She doesn’t understand the idea of office hours and can be found working at all hours!"

Mark Bergfeld, a candidate for National Union of Students (NUS) president:
"Clare is at the heart of the struggle. She has made ULU the hub of the students’ movement and will continue to make it the centre of the movement. I wish Clare all the best in her campaign!"

Read more about Clare and what she stands for: http://ulucampaigner.wordpress.com/personal-statement/

If you can help the campaign to re-elect Clare as president, phone 07950 735 390

Or see this web page: http://ulucampaigner.wordpress.com/get-involved/

HOW TO VOTE

ALL University of London students can vote (you don’t need a ULU card)- and here’s how:

1- Check your uni/college email. You should have been sent a Username and Password from ULU. The subject of the email is ‘2011 ULU Elections Password’.

2- Log on at www.ulu.co.uk/elections/election and cast your vote. You can vote for the positions of president, vice president, London Student editor and four trustees.

3- Share with all your friends!

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