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From The Socialist newspaper, 26 October 2011

Building the fightback and building solidarity at Occupy LSX

Anti-capitalist protest outside St Pauls in London following the Wall Street protests - We are the 99%, photo Paul Mattsson

Anti-capitalist protest outside St Pauls in London following the Wall Street protests - We are the 99%, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

Occupy London Stock Exchange (Occupy LSX) completed its first full week on Saturday. With rumours of impending eviction from St Paul's courtyard flying about a large crowd turned out to support the occupation.

At the general assembly in the afternoon Paul Callanan from Youth Fight for Jobs was among a number of speakers. Paul brought greetings from the Jarrow March. He pointed out that the marchers and the occupiers shared similar aims.

The Jarrow marchers were determined not to become a lost generation. The march itself was just the beginning of their campaign to restore the EMA, put an end to unpaid internships and fight for jobs and a decent future for young people.

A big cheer went up when he put forward YFJ's total opposition to any university fees.

The Occupy movement itself seems to be spreading. A new encampment has sprung up at Finsbury Square, round the corner from Liverpool Street station in the heart of London's finance district.

Neil Cafferky

Anti-capitalist protest outside St Pauls in London following the Wall Street protests - We are the 99%, photo Paul Mattsson

Click for gallery. Anti-capitalist protest outside St Pauls in London following the Wall Street protests - We are the 99%, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

New figures show the biggest drop in university applications for 30 years as school leavers show how they feel about the prospect of 50,000 debt. City University in London saw applications drop by 40%. The Sunday Times reported that "teenagers from poorer families are proving more hesitant about applying". YFJ demands free education for all.

The Jarrow marchers' blog is well worth the read. It includes a march diary, updates on the activities of the march and details for the 5 November demo in London.

Here's Alex Moore's rap. He says: "it's a bit of a work in progress, so bear with me."

Bring bring, bring bring,

Bring bring, BRING BRING

Tories on the phone,

Tell them to leave our services alone!

Knock, knock,

Clegg at the door,

Tell him we won't take the cuts no more!

Tweet tweet,

There's a message on twitter,

The poor are getting poorer, and the rich are getting richer!

Bleep, Bleep,

You got mail!

The NHS is not for sale!

Just updated my Facebook status!

'Why are the government always at us?'

No one stands for you! No one stands for me!

We need a new mass workers' party!

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March for jobs

75 years ago 200 unemployed men from Jarrow marched from their home in the North East to London to demand jobs and an end to their poverty conditions.

Youth Fight for Jobs is marching their route again to demand:
To get involved with the march and for updates from the marchers, see the website , email or call 020 8558 7947.

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In The Socialist 26 October 2011:

Fighting back

Capitalism IS crisis - Fight for a socialist alternative

Prepare for N30 - strike and demonstrate!

Hardest Hit demos - thousands march

Events on 5 + 6 November

Join the Jarrow march for jobs & education - 5 November

Join the fightback - come to Socialism 2011

Socialist Party youth and students

Coventry rally - The Jarrow march is on its way!

Wales takes action to defend young people

Socialist Party workplace news

Tax dodging continues while staff face cuts

Reinstate Vik Chechi

Construction protests continue and Unite declares strike ballot (report with video)

Workplace news in brief

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Building the fightback and building solidarity at Occupy LSX

Electric support for London anti-cuts challenge

Socialist Party news and analysis

10,000 public sector jobs lost in Wales and counting

The whole world in its hands

Them & Us

International socialist news and analysis

Where now for Libya after the downfall of Gaddafi's regime?

Euro crisis - urgent need to build a socialist alternative

Solidarity appeal: Stop Kazakh state brutality

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Free schools - Freedom to privatise education


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