A brief summary of what happened yesterday:
SIT-IN STARTS @ 12:30
First meeting and planning sesh: 12:30-2:30
Banner-making, flyering and “networking”: 2:30-3:30
Film showing, “The Iron Wall”: 3:45-4:35
Talk from Manal Timraz, followed by a lead debate: 7:00-10:00
Late-planning and late-talking: 10 til late
We have been receiving solidarity messages from many people over the country, including Tony Benn and Manchester TUC. There have been a few interesting developments since yesterday:
- As our Vice-Chancellor is currently off sick (condolences, Nigel!) the Deputy Registrar has, in his place, stated his willingness to talk with us, and the Union has offered its services as a mediator
- Warwick Pride, our local LGBT campaigning society, have cancelled a day of their Awareness Week in solidarity with our action, and are planning to instead come along and show support
- Both the LSE and Birmingham actions has finished, and both in relatively positive lights!
- We are feeling very successful in our contact with many news and media outlets, who have expressed interest in coming over and filming our action… from local, national and international sources.
We have a very exciting day coming up. Firstly, the University has taken it into their heads to cancel all the lectures in the room we are occupying. As we were always clear in our commitment to the right for education to all, and in our lack of interest in disrupting student learning, we were slightly confused by their intent behind this. We are constantly updating the student populace with where their lectures have been moved to, which the University is being sadly unwilling to help with. Our plans for today are:
11-2 Craft workshop and banner making
12-1 Soldarity lunch (bring and share!)
3-4pm Media liaising
5pm Reconvene for Barnaby’s arms trade workshop
7 onwards Speakers from the International Solidarity Movement, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, NUS… and many other groups and individuals
We will keep you updated as more things happen. Below, we have our updated set of demands:
- Warwick University should suspend all relations with companies which supply the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. This includes BAE Systems, MBDA, QinetiQ and Rolls Royce.
- That the University donate old computer equipment and textbooks to universities in Palestine, specifically those that were partially destroyed in Gaza during the current Israeli military operation.
- That the University fund and provide logistical support for a series of talks on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
- That there be no legal, financial, or academic measures taken against anyone involved in or supporting the occupation. This extends to the Student Union. Students involved will be guaranteed free movement in and out of the occupied space.