Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)

 

The Clagsborough Students Charter asserts that:

  • We are anti-authoritarian;
  • We are socialists;
  • We are pacifists.
We weave these strands into a single project by:
  • [postcolonial] beginning with an understanding that the modern world is built upon and continues to be politically and imaginatively shaped by imperialism, starting with European colonialism, and the liberation of individuals and societies is impossible without first decolonising the mind;
  • [learning] embracing a commitment to active learning and critical analysis in all its forms (including learning by experience) where such learning takes into account how knowledge is shaped by power, be it academic, judicial, religious, scientific or political knowledge;
  • [human rights] rejecting monolithic definitions and descriptions of the human and of social categories such as gender in favour of a critical engagement with lived realities, whilst expressing solidarity with all those who find themselves marginalised or oppressed;
  • [libertarian socialism] believing communities and societies governed by non-violent socialist principles and participatory decision making are likely to prove the most just and fair for humankind, and working towards establishing a peaceful, democratic, socialist world;
  • [intersectionality] recognizing that social inequality is multidimensional, such that Islamophobic, racist, sexist, homophobic, classist, and neurelitist prejudices are discursive, performative, structural, and historical, as well as being mutually co-constitutive;
  • [direct action] engaging in non-violent direct action, such as strikes, marches, community education, lobbying, blogging, civil disobedience, boycotts and culture jamming, to defend individuals and communities from social, political, economic, and environmental injustice;
  • [creativity] affirming creativity, including creative writing (including poetry, prose, and drama), as something that is of value in itself and a vital tool for effecting both personal and political change, whilst pursuing the principles outlined herein.
anarcho akbarIn affirming our alignment with the charter, we strive to put an end to:
  • anthropogenic climate change;
  • hunger, preventable disease, and homelessness;
  • fascism, totalitarianism, and political violence;
  • neoliberalism and imperialism;
  • racism including Islamophobic racism, sexism, classism, ageism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, and neurelitism.

01 January 2018  

 

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