Letter of Support for the Bloomsbury Social Centre

Dear SOAS Management,

We the undersigned believe that the Bloomsbury Social Centre represents a bright and necessary contrast to the market structures currently being imposed across UK Higher Education. It has been in existence now for three weeks. In that time it has helped to organise towards the 30 November Strike, organised tenants’ rights workshops, and co-ordinated with student occupations in Birmingham and Cambridge. It has hosted seminars and readings groups on the financial crisis, initiated Spanish classes to aid students campaigning alongside migrant workers, screened political cinema, housed temporarily homeless students, provided meeting space for fellow trade unionists, and – in general – has tried to push forward the struggle for better conditions of life both in this area and beyond it; both in the University and outside.

It is unreasonable and unjust to proceed with an eviction against students who are struggling to improve the education and conditions of life for their peers and their neighbours. The occupiers are willing to negotiate an exit in early January, which will allow them to complete their organising projects, and which will obviate the need for an expensive and potentially violent eviction. We urge you in the strongest possible terms to begin a process of negotiation with the Social Centre. There are political as well as monetary costs at stake.

Sandy Nichol, SOAS Unison branch chair

Graham Dyer, SOAS UCU President

James Meadway, SOAS SU Postgraduate Students’ Officer

Lucy Duncan, SOAS, Postgraduate student

Lukas Slothuus, LSE SU Welfare Officer

Mark Campbell, UCU National Executive Committee

Sean Wallis,  UCL UCU chair

Mend Alusi, Goldsmiths/SOAS

Tomas Weber

James Jardine, Warwick

Alberto Toscano, Senior lecturer, Goldsmiths college,

Aadam Sparks, student, University of Bradford

Sean Bonney, poet

Dr Geoff Williams, Humanities Dept., Imperial College London

Lewis Bassett, The Haircut Before The Party

Marina Vishmidt, Queen Mary University of London, UCU

Benedict Seymour, Lecturer in Fine Art, Goldsmiths

Dr Andrew McGettigan

Michael O’Donoghue

Dr Simon Pirani, Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies

Mary Hallam, Sheffield

Nat Raha, Doctoral student, University of Sussex

Robyn Minogue, Camberwell College of Art

Deborah Scordo Mackie, University of East London

Lorna Finlayson, Junior Research Fellow, King’s College, Cambridge

Ollie Evans, Birkbeck Phd

Alice Diamond

Simon Deville, UNISON Secretary Birkbeck, University of London

Simon Hayward, MSc, Birkbeck College, University of London

Daniel Barrow, postgrad student, Birkbeck

Edd Bauer VP Education Univeristy of Birmingham Guild of Students

Jo Holoway, IHOOPS

Maria Carolina Olarte, Doctoral Student, Birkbeck College

Svenja Bromberg, PhD Student, Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College

Avigail Moss, Doctoral student, UCL

Cameron Bain, UCL SSEES Library

Ashok Kumar, St. Johns College, Oxford

Dr Isabelle Fremeaux, Senior Lecturer, Birkbeck College, University of London

Simon Hewitt, Department of Philosophy, Birkbeck College, London

Georgina Saad, camden resident

Konstancjamary Duff, tutor in political philosophy, Birkbeck College

Paul Rekret, lecturer, QMUL

Naomi Bain, Unison chair, Birkbeck college (in personal capacity)

Lettice Drake, Practice Architecture

Naomi Colvin, Occupy LSX (personal capacity)

Pete Mills

Isabeau Doucet, Goldsmiths

Lucrezia Lennert, doctoral student, UCL

Anna Haslock

Richard Thomas, Content Manager/News Editor, Resonance FM

Pauline van Mourik Broekman, Editor, Mute Magazine

Anthony Davies, Editor, Mute Magazine

Luisa Lorenza Corna, Goldsmiths University, London / Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht

Robert Kiely

Dr Thanos Zartoloudis, Senior Lecturer in Law, Birkbeck

Justin Katko PhD, English, Queens’ College, Cambridge

Máiréad Enright, University of Kent – Lecturer in Law

Jonny Jones, Deputy Editor, International Socialism

Michael Chessum, National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts and NUS NEC (pc)

Francesca Lisette

Martin Nickolay-Blake

Hannah Forbes Black, Goldsmiths/Royal College of Art

Kirsten Forkert, Postdoctoral Lecturing Fellow, University of East Anglia

Sophie Carapetian, Goldsmiths

Tanya Singh

Rahwa Fessahaye, Detention Action

Ali Osman Göksel, Goldsmiths

Sidsel Meineche Hansen

Stef Newton, UCLU LGBT officer and NCAFC LGBTO officer

Scott Wakeham, Birkbeck

Emma Elisabeth Leigh, SOAS

Rory Rowan, Royal Holloway, University of London

Michal Jaworski, University of Westminster

Josh Stanley

Musab Younis, Wadham College, Oxford

Susan Cook, LMU LGBT President, London Met

Edward Maltby, NCAFC National Committee

Vanessa Buth, PSI postgrad, UEA

Bozena Harvey

Justine Cal

Joshi Sachdeo, NUS NEC, Vice-Chair Birkbeck Students’ Union Executive Committee

Nicola Goodchild, Kingston University Postgraduate, CRMEP

Dr Richard Hall, Reader in Education and Technology, De Montfort University

Morten Thaysen Laurberg, MA in Social Anthropology of Development at SOAS

Dr Laura Robertson, Imperial College

James Westcott, OMA, Rotterdam

Edwin Clifford-Coupe, UCL

Tarek Salhany

Rachel Baker

Yasmin Begum

Alejandra Crosta, Spanish Lecturer, Birkbeck College

Nick Martindale

Mark Brown, W11

Dr Laura Salisbury, RCUK Fellow in Science, Technology, and Culture, English Dept., Birkbeck, University of London

Louise Reynolds

Lois Clifton, Environment and Ethics officer LSESU

Soo Tian Lee, doctoral student, Birkbeck

Julia Bard, Jewish Socialist magazine

John Ledger

Aaron Kiely, NUS National Executive, NUS Black Students’ Campaign

Jesse Oldershaw, UCL UCU rep

Mark Thomas, student, SOAS

Craig Gent, Campaigns Officer, Students’ Union Royal Holloway, University of London

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6 thoughts on “Letter of Support for the Bloomsbury Social Centre

  1. Susan Cook says:

    I support this and hope that everyone involved gets the respite they’re after! Support, solidarity and hope to all! :D

    Susan Cook, LMU LGBT president

  2. Craig Gent says:

    Massive support!

    Craig Gent, Campaigns Officer, Students’ Union Royal Holloway, University of London

  3. Mark Roder says:

    Mediation, not legal action. I support the occupation.

  4. Mark Thomas says:

    Huge support from many of us in anthropology at SOAS

    Mark Thomas, student, SOAS

  5. Chris Gutkind - SOAS Evening Librarian and SOAS Library UCU Rep says:

    Big support from me and many at SOAS, staff and students. Fight the power!

    [can't figure how to put name on list above, feel free to add it or leave it in comment field]

  6. [...] the express desire of the students’ union, trade unionists and academics that SOAS management seek a negotiated exit. The building has been boarded up, empty and entirely disused since the eviction, with all sham [...]

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