Deaglan Godwin, Himath Siriniwasa, Angelina Gu and Shuyu Li

Week 10, Semester 2, 2020

Semester 2 has been a terrific semester for activism and protests. I’ve been heavily involved with organising and building several protests against the fee hikes, job and course cuts and police repression. These defiant protests, which have often had to confront violence from the police and had to physically reclaim the right to march on roads (or even at all), have energised opposition against the cuts and against police repression. Combined with the Trans Rights protest called by Community Action For Rainbow Rights, we successfully forced the government to concede to exempting protests of up to 500 people from the COVID-19 Public Health Order.

This has allowed protests like the October 26 Black Lives Matter rally, which I attended, to go ahead legally. We must now seize the moment and continue our opposition against education attacks and to begin to fight around questions of social justice. I urge everyone to attend the Picket of the University Senate this Friday, November 6, as well as to come to the second protest against Mark Latham’s Transphobic Bill, which will take place on November 28.