Students' Representative Council, University of Sydney
The Education Action Group (EAG) is a left wing, activist collective on campus. It organises with students and staff to fight for students learning conditions, staff working conditions, and other social justice issues as well.
Over the last few years the EAG has organised some of the most radical protests on campus. Notably, last year the EAG organised a militant fight against unprecedented attacks to our education. In the face of degrees being cut, staff being sacked, price costs increasing, and the government banning protests, the EAG mobilised students to defend our rights. We marched on the streets in defiance of the cops, and won back the right to protest. The power we have is on the streets. This year, the EAG will continue to fight for our education, but we want to organise around other issues as well.
Never before has the future looked so dire; students face immediate poverty, low employment rates, a climate catastrophe and an ongoing global pandemic. Students care deeply about these issues, and organising actions to fight for a better world will be a priority for the EAG over 2021. Although 2020 showed the injustice of the capitalist system, it also showed how people can fight back. Looking at struggle across the world, students should be inspired and empowered. Through a strategy of protest movements, and linked with workers strikes, anything is possible.