University of Birmingham students have paid a heavy price for their peaceful student protest July 24, 2014
We have both just been suspended from the University of Birmingham for nine months because of our part in an occupation that took place last November.
This year the university has collectively had us arrestedthree times, taken out an injunction banning us from occupational protest for a year, put us through a stressful nine-month-long disciplinary process,suspended us for two months, reinstated us briefly just to suspend us again only one month away from graduation.
Another student, Hattie Craig, has been given a six-month suspended sentence, meaning that if she breaks any university regulation between now and when she graduates she will immediately be suspended for six months. Publicly stating opposition to the actions of the University of Birmingham could end up with her being suspended on the basis that she brought the university into disrepute.
The University of Birmingham is trying to hide behind the quasi-legal process that it uses to conduct disciplinary actions. We were denied access to legal representation, despite us submitting multiple requests. The hearings were not held to any of the same evidential standards that would be required in a court: decisions were made on the balance of probabilities, and the outcomes shielded from scrutiny because the university does not allow recordings or take full notes.
Corporate Globalization - or shall we call it by its name? - Imperialism - needs a press that pretends to be free. It needs courts that pretend to dispense justice. Meanwhile, the countries of the North harden their borders and stockpile weapons of mass destruction. After all they have to make sure that it’s only money, goods, patents and services that are globalized. Not the free movement of people. Not a respect for human rights. Not international treaties on racial discrimination or chemical and nuclear weapons or greenhouse gas emissions or climate change, or god forbid justice. So this - all this - is “empire.” This loyal confederation, this obscene accumulation of power, this greatly increased distance between those who make the decisions and those who have to suffer them. Our fight, our goal, our vision of Another World must be to eliminate that distance.
Tuesday, July 8: 1. Mohammed Sha’aban, 24, was killed in a bombing of his car in Gaza City. 2. Ahmad Sha’aban, 30, died in the same bombing. 3. Khadir al-Bashiliki, 45, died in the same bombing. 4. Rashad Yaseen, 27, was killed in a bombing of the Nusseirat refugee camp in…
190+ dead. 1300+ injured in #Gaza, and this is CNN’s breaking news headline!
Amazing how they could fire 1,000 rockets and not kill or injure a single person in Israel. It’s almost like the rockets don’t have warheads in them and are more of a symbolic threat than an actual one.