23 Dec 2009

UCU Goldsmiths meeting on 'serious threat to campus' rights

My branch of the UCU does some good work, here is a notice about the campaign meeting to oppose points based migration rules, its all about biometric cards and big brother, all this stuff is going to get worse, if you Goldsmiths based please support the meeting on the 13th Jan


my name is Kirsten and I'm the administrator for the Goldsmiths branch of
University College Union (UCU). In collaboration with the Students' Union
at Goldsmiths, we're campaigning against the Points Based System for

The new 'points based' immigration rules represent a serious threat to
campus democracy and freedom of speech. They require non-EU students and
staff to have biometric ID cards, involve demands on the financial
background of applicants and mean that staff are obliged to report
students to the UK Border Agency when they have not attended regularly. We
feel these rules are unwarranted, undemocratic and unfair and should be

More information on our campaign is at this link:

We're organising a meeting on Wednesday, the 13th of January at 5PM, in
RHB 142 (in the main building) at Goldsmiths, Lewisham Way, New Cross SE14
6NW (closest stations: New Cross, New Cross Gate, Deptford Bridge). It
would be great if you could make it.

Also, we feel that in order for the campaign to be successful, it will be
necessary to build broad grassroots opposition to the new immigration
rules. We're trying to contact migration rights, anti-racist and civil
liberties activists in the hope that we can work together. Please forward
to your contacts.

thanks and all the best

Kirsten Forkert
GUCU Administrator
GUCU Office
Goldsmiths College
32 Lewisham Way
London, SE14 6NW
020 7919 7474

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