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Submitted by Clara Hill on Wed, 11/16/2016 - 22:55

 

Article 50 hasn’t even been triggered, but the aftermath of the Brexit referendum has been everywhere in politics. From a shift in Prime Minister to reports of increased racist abuse, its all kicking off. The latest Brexit related stress has the headlines. Turns out, Theresa May’s map to leaving the EU is a bit totalitarian, according to The High Court. They ruled a case presented by Gina Miller, a business woman and philanthropist, who argued that there needed a parliamentary vote on the plan. 

It makes sense to me, a lowly third year Politics student, to present it to Parliament to be debated and voted on. My limited knowledge about our tangled constitution tells me The Houses of Parliament are sovereign, not referendums. This seemed to be news to a lot of people. However, due to anecdotal evidence of mine, this is not surprising. Political education is an abysmal, in this country. 

Don't get me wrong, I understand completely why that would be confusing. I only know that all sovereignty in this country stems from Parliament because of my A-Level and degree studies of Politics. This isn’t a rant about the stupidity of the people. but those who really

Greening Goldsmiths advertisement
photo credit: Nicola Hogan

Goldsmiths SU have recruited an Environmental and Ethnical Officer, Yusuf Siddiqui. Yusuf is a third year International Studies student and can be reached at eandeofficer@goldsmithssu.org. Yusuf and Greening Goldsmiths would like to remind students that our overarching aim is to provide students with a campus that not only looks good and provides students with an environment that is conducive to teaching, learning and research but is also sustainable and ethical in its operations. Any student wanting to get involved in helping to “green” our campus, can do so by participating in any of the project listed below.

1. Gardening.

Students looking for a therapeutic and environmentally friendly activity can join the Goldsmiths Allotment. The allotment is managed by Dr. Ros Gray and members can have their own plot on which to grow anything they like or be part of the community plot. For more details, see their Facebook Page or contact R.Gray@gold.ac.uk

2. Energy Detectives.

Students can become an Energy Detective by accessing the Energy Detective smart phone web appat edetect.gold.ac.uk and recording where and when they see energy being wasted across campus. After registering their login details, a drop down menu of the list of

Submitted by Warda Jama on Mon, 11/07/2016 - 12:32
Protestor holding banner stating 'Am I Next?'
photo credit: Los Angeles Times

Ava Duvernay’s 13 th is commanding, unforgiving and chilling. It is clear after finishing watching the documentary that there remains an unsettling feeling of anguish. Ava DuVernay debut documentary feature appeared on Netflix and its title refers to the US constitution’s 13 th Amendment which abolished slavery as well as involuntary servitude. Though this was made to ban slavery in all of the American states, there was a catch; what the 13 th Amendment tried to ban could in turn be used as a punishment towards criminals. And this is what the documentary explores: how African Americans became typecast to be the villain America was to fear and erase. Leading them to disproportionately make up 37.8 per cent of US state prison. These facts correspond with the evolving climate of racism within the US as the current movement of Black Lives Matters has taken the forefront with confronting this issue. These grotesquely disturbing facts are explored, starting from post-Civil War to LBJ, Nixon and Clintons presidency revealing their shattering effects on the prison system, up until this current period. Exposing how racism is intertwined within the supposed justice system and how African Americans have become

"A Tale of Two Cities" graphic courtesy of the event Facebook page.

With the start of October came not only an influx of Halloween decorations and a drop in temperatures, but also the beginning of Black History Month. Goldsmiths, as well as the Student Union, have planned a series of events for the month. We’re now halfway through October and a few of these events have already successfully occurred.

These events included a launch event on October 3 and a screening of the 2015 documentary “Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” on October 12. Also, on October 13, Goldsmiths held a full-day conference called “Challenging the Silence in Higher Education: Race & Racism in the Academy” with the university, the student union, the London School of Economics, and their student union.

While these events might have passed, there are still many more to come. Monday the 17th will see an event called “The Great Debate” taking place, co-hosted by the Student Union, the Afro-Caribbean Society and the Pan-African Society.

“The Great Debate Tour (GDT) is the first and largest national debate forum targeted at cultural communities on university campuses across the UK”, says the event’s Facebook page. “The tour is a celebration of diversity and heritage as well as

Second SWSS Art Show
Photo Credit: Alice Garwood

“So, what is, um, this?” The girl, who had only swerved toward my table in order to avoid the gentle but insistent members of The Gideon International handing out copies of the New Testament across from me, gestured to the sign hanging behind my head. Sex Worker Solidarity Society it read, clear in white and red. What was less clear, then and perhaps now, was the meaning and the purpose behind such a society.

My name is Charlie Wright, and I am the second and current president of the Sex Worker Solidarity Society (SWSS for brevity). I mention that I am the second president because we are a new society, indeed the first society of our kind. This means that we have no blueprint for activity and are forging new ground, if you want to be romantic, or muddling along as best we can if you want to be realistic.

The point of us, in a sentence, is to be a focal point and space for sex worker support and sex workers’ rights activity on campus. In practical terms we will be holding meetings and events to facilitate this; for example last year we ran a

Cut the Rent Demo outside Goldsmiths, Richard Hoggart Building
Photo Credit to Eva Crossan Jory

Last year at Goldsmiths, Cut The Rent was formed with two main goals; the first being that all halls should meet the standards set by housing charity Shelter and the second seeking to make halls affordable by capping rent at half the average maintenance loan, the equivalent of £100.20 per week.

We all know rent is expensive in London, but universities should be doing their best to create and offer affordable housing. Rent at Goldsmiths halls has risen significantly this year with some halls increasing by £50 a week with only vague aesthetic improvements to show for it. Last year our halls cost on average 75% of the maintenance loan; it's clear that most students can’t afford these unsustainable prices.

Since starting, the Cut The Rent campaign have put the views of students first. They've put the real story of halls, from exploding toilets to rat infested kitchens, into the public domain so students can see that increasing fees doesnt lead to improved accommodation. Instead of falling on deaf ears, these stories have inspired a movement determined to change the status quo. Since the campaign started, the National Union of Students has vowed to