International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Oppose enforced political conformism at Humboldt University

International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 6 June 2015

The President of Berlin’s Humboldt University, Jan-Hendrik Olbertz, has taken to the press to accuse critical-minded students of suppressing academic freedom.

Humboldt University professor Herfried Münkler calls for German leadership in Europe

By Johannes Stern, 30 May 2015

Münkler’s proposals correspond to the plans of the German ruling elite to again establish the country as a political and military “peacekeeping force” in Europe and in the world.

“Münkler-Watch” and the dictatorship of the elites

By Peter Schwarz, 23 May 2015

The attacks on the critics of political science professor Herfried Münkler are now being directed against the freedom of the Internet.

Defend student free speech at Humboldt University! Stop state-sponsored censorship!

Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (PSG) and International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 19 May 2015

The PSG and the IYSSE unequivocally support the students who publish the blog “Münkler-Watch” and have become the target of a massive intimidation campaign.

A second open letter to the vice chancellor

Further on political censorship at the University of Sydney

By James Cogan, 6 May 2015

Socialist Equality Party national secretary James Cogan has written a second open letter to the University of Sydney Vice Chancellor Dr Michael Spence regarding the university’s ban on the SEP holding a public anti-war meeting.

Students and young workers in Australia register for international May Day event

By our reporters, 1 May 2015

Those planning to attend the rally spoke of their deep concern about the dangers of war as well as the necessity of a struggle by the international working class against it.

An open letter to the Clubs and Societies Committee at the University of Melbourne

Overturn the decision to block IYSSE affiliation on University of Melbourne campus!

the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 16 April 2015

The following open letter to the Clubs and Societies Committee at the University of Melbourne is being distributed by members of the IYSSE to students on campus.

IYSSE Meeting in Montreal: The struggle against austerity and lessons of the 2012 Quebec student strike

31 March 2015

Quebec’s striking students must make their anti-austerity strike a catalyst for the independent political mobilization of the working class in Quebec and across Canada.

The Quebec student strike and the fight against austerity: A socialist perspective is necessary

the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Canada), 26 March 2015

To prevent a defeat like in 2012, students must reject the nationalist-protest politics of ASSE and the Spring 2015 committee.

The political issues in the fight to defend education

the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 25 March 2015

The following statement is being distributed by members of the IYSSE at “day of action” rallies called by the National Union of Students in Australia on Wednesday.

Australia: IYSSE campaign pushes back Griffith University’s political censorship

By our correspondents, 21 March 2015

Support from students and WSWS readers has forced the university’s authorities to drop their outright refusal to allow the IYSSE to register a club this year.

Australia: Griffith University obstructs IYSSE campaigns

By our correspondents, 4 March 2015

This is a politically-motivated attack, directed against the only student club opposing the drive to war, austerity and overturning of basic democratic rights.

Oppose political censorship at Griffith University!

the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 21 February 2015

Griffith University’s bans are a direct political attack on the IYSSE, and the democratic rights of students.

Australia: Murdoch newspaper denounces universities for “over-educating” students

By Will Morrow, 23 January 2015

An editorial in the Australian newspaper reveals the deeply-reactionary ideological agenda that underlies the bipartisan political assault on the right to university education.

IYSSE wins seat in Humboldt University Parliament

22 January 2015

According to the preliminary election results released early Thursday morning by Humboldt University, the International Youth and Students for Social Equality will have one seat in the student parliament. The ballots were tabulated late Wednesday night following voting that was held over two days.

German IYSSE meeting series ends with discussion on historical falsification and the universities

By our reporters, 21 January 2015

The final meeting of the IYSSE at Humboldt University in this year’s student parliament election campaign took place on Monday.

Humboldt University discussion: “The Charlie Hebdo campaign is being used to suppress freedom of speech”

By our reporters, 21 January 2015

The comprehensive report and discussion at the IYSSE’s final election meeting at Humboldt University encouraged several participants to speak out afterwards.

Well-attended meeting at Berlin’s Humboldt University on attempts to downplay the crimes of Nazism

By our correspondents, 14 January 2015

The meeting was one in a series of lectures on historical and political issues being held as part of the campaign of the IYSSE in the Humboldt University student parliament elections.

IYSSE (Germany) lecture series: The return of German militarism and the falsification of history

27 December 2014

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality in Germany will hold three meetings in January at Humboldt University addressing key historical and political issues.

British and German youth orchestras celebrate 100 years of jazz

By Barbara Slaughter, 11 December 2014

These talented young musicians came together to celebrate “Freedom and Friendship: A Century of Jazz.”

For scholarship instead of war propaganda

IYSSE standing candidates in student elections at Humboldt University

By our correspondent, 1 December 2014

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality is placing at the center of its campaign the struggle against war and opposition to attempts to transform Humboldt University into a center of militarism.

IYSSE (UK) public meetings: Imperialism and the Ebola crisis

17 November 2014

These meetings will discuss the Ebola crisis, the social devastation caused by capitalism and the necessity for a fight against it based on a socialist perspective.

Louisiana Supreme Court declares anti-teacher tenure act constitutional

By Dan Conway, 29 October 2014

The Supreme Court of Louisiana has ruled that anti-teacher legislation backed by Governor Bobby Jindal is constitutional, paving the way for mass firings and public school closings.

Packed IYSSE meeting at Humboldt University in Berlin

By our correspondents, 25 October 2014

Some 200 people, including many students from Humboldt University, packed the hall for a meeting called by the International Youth and Students for Social Equality on the topic “Why do the German elites once again want war?”

Keen interest in anti-war campaign of IYSSE at Humboldt University in Berlin

By our correspondents, 20 October 2014

The Socialist Equality Party and its youth movement, the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, are increasingly seen as the only serious anti-war organizations in Germany.

Scholarship instead of war propaganda! IYSSE statement on the dispute at Humboldt University

the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Germany), 18 October 2014

The IYSSE is seeking to prevent Berlin’s Humboldt University from once again becoming a centre of militarism and dictatorship.

German IYSSE defends freedom of speech at Humboldt University

By our correspondent, 15 October 2014

This exchange of letters documents the attempt by the Humboldt University administration in Berlin to censor the International Youth and Students for Social Equality’s meeting on the topic “Why Do the German Elites Again Want War?”.

Why does the German ruling elite want war? A well-attended meeting in Frankfurt

By our reporters, 15 October 2014

The meeting was called by the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Socialist Equality Party) and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality as part of a campaign against the revival of German militarism.

IYSSE protests censorship at Berlin’s Humboldt University

10 October 2014

The administration has conditioned its approval of a meeting room for the IYSSE on the censorship of any political criticism of members of the University.

Meetings of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (UK): For a new socialist anti-war movement!

23 September 2014

The IYSSE in Britain is organizing a series of meetings at the start of the new university term to discuss the building of a mass movement against war and its root causes, capitalism and the nation state system.

Political witch-hunt against Socialist Alternative on Australian campuses

By Will Morrow, 13 September 2014

The pseudo-left organisation Socialist Alternative is being targeted because of its opposition to the Israeli war against Gaza.

Fight cuts to education and the drive to war!

the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 19 August 2014

The fight for education rights must be inseparably linked with the broader struggle against austerity, the attacks on democratic rights and the dangers of war.

Federal student loan interest rates increase by nearly 1 percent this month

By Gabriel Black, 3 July 2014

On July 1, the interest rates for federal student loans grew by almost one percent, adding to the already intolerable burden of student debt on young people.

Australian students protest against Abbott government’s budget

By an IYSSE reporting team, 22 May 2014

Almost every section of students was represented at the rallies, from domestic and international university students, to TAFE and high school students.

A socialist perspective to fight Abbott’s budget

International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 21 May 2014

In less than two years, fees will be deregulated, allowing Australian universities to charge tens of thousands of dollars for a degree.

Andre Damon: Young people must fight for the socialist future

By Andre Damon, 10 May 2014

We are publishing here the text of the speech given by Andre Damon, national secretary of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US), to the International Online May Day Rally hosted by the International Committee of the Fourth International and the WSWS on Sunday, May 4.
Link to audio

Oppose the use of SSAF to attack student political clubs!

Defend the democratic rights of Griffith University students!

the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 4 April 2014

Members of political clubs at the university are being denied rights enjoyed by all other students, and attempts are being made to restrict or even proscribe their activities.

IYSSE statement: University of Michigan welcomes the dictator of Detroit

International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 25 March 2014

The following leaflet was distributed at the March 25 appearance of Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr at the University of Michigan.

WSWS Arts Editor David Walsh speaks at Wayne State University in Detroit

By our reporter, 21 March 2014

The event, sponsored by the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, drew a diverse and attentive audience.

1914 to 2014

The glorification of World War I and the preparations for World War III

IYSSE meetings in Australia and New Zealand

22 February 2014

The Australian government has begun a truly grotesque campaign to “celebrate” World War I. It is aimed at promoting nationalism, patriotism and militarism as conflicts between the major powers escalate, creating potential flashpoints all over the world.

The philosophical and political foundations of historical falsification

IYSSE meeting at the Humboldt University in Berlin

By our correspondents, 12 February 2014

Around one hundred participants discussed the invitation extended by Professor Jörg Baberowski to Robert Service, the author of a discredited biography of Leon Trotsky, at a meeting last Saturday at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

Socialist Equality Party kicks off campaign on social inequality with meeting in Minneapolis

By our reporters, 10 February 2014

The SEP and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality began a series of meetings on the growth of social inequality with a talk and discussion in Minneapolis, Minnesota on February 5.

Record number of homeless students in the US in 2013

By Isabelle Belanger, 29 November 2013

According to the US Department of Education, the number of homeless students increased by 10 percent in 2013, from 1,065,794 in 2012, to 1,168,354.

IYSSE/SEP public meeting November 9

New York mayoral election: The tasks facing the working class

29 October 2013

The winner of the mayoral election, Bill de Blasio, will continue the policies that have led to unprecedented inequality in the cultural and financial capital of the United States.

Australia: IYSSE anti-war rally wins support in Newcastle

By our correspondent, 18 October 2013

At a rally at the University of Newcastle, groups of students held IYSSE placards declaring “No War on Syria” and demanding “Close Pine Gap.”

IYSSE holds anti-war meetings at Australian and New Zealand campuses

By our reporters, 28 September 2013

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality held meetings as part of the fight to develop an anti-war movement of the working class against the US preparations for an attack on Syria.

US imperialism and the proxy war in Syria

By David North, 19 September 2013

The following lecture was delivered September 17, 2013 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor by David North, chairman of the International Editorial Board of the WSWS and national chairman of the Socialist Equality Party (US).

The “lost generation” and the failure of capitalism

By Joseph Kishore, 18 September 2013

Five years after the economic collapse of 2008, young people have suffered a decline on a global level that in many ways is without historical precedent.

IYSSE meetings in Australia and New Zealand: Oppose war against Syria!

18 September 2013

The Australian government has, along with the corporate-controlled media, given unconditional backing to Washington’s militarist agenda in the Middle East.

“US is funding counterrevolution”

University of Michigan IYSSE opposes war on Syria

By Tim Rivers, 13 September 2013

Students at the University of Michigan joined a rally of the IYSSE denouncing war in Syria, cuts in education and attacks on the working class.

IYSSE holds anti-war rallies in San Diego and Berkeley, California

By our reporters, 12 September 2013

International Youth and Students for Social Equality groups at San Diego State University and UC Berkeley held demonstrations against the drive for war in Syria on Tuesday.

Video: Students speak against war at Wayne State University demonstration

By James Brewer, 11 September 2013

In this video, the WSWS interviews students and workers who attended the demonstration against the threat of a US war in Syria.

SEP and IYSSE hold demonstration in Detroit against war in Syria

By Shannon Jones, 10 September 2013

Speakers at Wayne State University stressed the need for students to turn to the working class as the only social force that can halt the drive to war.

IYSSE, SEP to hold demonstrations against war

6 September 2013

Demonstrations will be held in Detroit, Ann Arbor, Berkeley and San Diego.

IYSSE campaigns for rally against war

Detroit students speak out against Syria war drive

By a WSWS reporting team, 5 September 2013

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality at Wayne State University campaigned for a demonstration against war in Syria to be held this coming Monday.

US teen unemployment hits new record

By Shane Feratu, 5 September 2013

For the fourth consecutive summer, unemployment among young people age 16 -19 is at a record high, creating unprecedented hardship for teenage job seekers.

SEP and IYSSE public meetings: No to war and dictatorship!

2 September 2013

The Socialist Equality Party and International Youth and Students for Social Equality are launching a meeting series to discuss the way forward in the fight against war and the defense of democratic rights.

One quarter of world’s youth without jobs or education

By Andre Damon, 21 August 2013

Earlier this year, the British Economist magazine reported that, according to its analysis, fully one quarter of the world’s young people are neither employed nor studying.

Fight Australian Labor’s cuts to education! Support the Socialist Equality Party’s election campaign!

the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE), 19 August 2013

The National Day of Action called by the NUS and NTEU has not been called to mount a genuine struggle against the attacks on education, but to promote the Greens in the lead up to the federal election.

US Congress approves plan that will increase student loan rates

By Bryan Dyne, 2 August 2013

The law allows interest rates for some student loans to rise to more than 10 percent.

Democrats, Republicans conspire to hike student loan rates

By Andre Damon, 13 July 2013

As millions of students prepare to return to college this fall, the already intolerable burden of student debt is being increased.

Fight Labor’s cuts! For a socialist perspective to defend education!

the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) Australia, 17 April 2013

The following statement was distributed to Australian students who attended rallies in opposition to the Gillard Labor government's $2.3 billion in cuts to university funding.

Quebec’s Education Summit and the failure of ASSE’s protest perspective

International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Canada), 5 March 2013

Supporters of the IYSSE distributed this statement at the February 26 demonstration organized by the student group ASSE to protest the Quebec government’s education summit.

Australia: Join the International Youth and Students for Social Equality!

the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 13 February 2013

Students and working class youth are struggling to survive on the poverty-level dole, education allowances and in poorly paid casual jobs.

Resolution of SEP (UK) Congress: “Build the International Youth and Students for Social Equality”

10 January 2013

Published here is the fourth resolution, “Build the International Youth and Students for Social Equality”, adopted unanimously by the First National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (UK), held November 17-19, 2012

The Quebec Student Strike and the global struggle to defend education

By ISSE, 2 July 2012

For nearly five months, students in the Canadian province of Quebec have been waging a courageous struggle to oppose the government’s drive to increase tuition rates by 82 percent.

David North speaks in defense of Leon Trotsky at Cornell University

By Tom Mackaman, 3 May 2012

Socialist Equality Party National Chairman David North spoke to an overflow crowd at Cornell University, in Ithaca, New York, in defense of Leon Trotsky against attacks by academic historians.

Germany’s ISSE, SEP denounce attacks on meetings in defence of Günter Grass

28 April 2012

The International Students for Social Equality has issued a statement to the German press denouncing the attacks on their meetings held in defence of Günter Grass

SEP/ISSE meetings in Australia and New Zealand

Oppose the US-Australia war preparations against China

26 April 2012

Through the military agreements with the Obama administration, the Gillard Labor government has unconditionally aligned itself with US war preparations against China.

In the face of state repression, government intransigence:

Quebec student strike at a crossroads

By the International Students for Social Equality, 18 April 2012

The two month-old Quebec student strike must become the catalyst for a working class counter-offensive against the destruction of jobs and public services.

ISSE Emergency Meeting in Montreal this Sunday

Quebec student strike at the crossroads: Students must turn to the working class

14 April 2012

The International Students for Social Equality is holding an emergency meeting in Montreal this Sunday to discuss the way forward for the militant struggle students are mounting against the Quebec government’s plan to raise university tuition fees by 75 percent.

Oppose the job cuts at University of Sydney!

By the International Students for Social Equality, 3 April 2012

The cuts are bound up with the federal Labor government’s market-driven “education revolution” funding scheme.

Taser death in Australia: A warning to youth

By the International Students for Social Equality, 29 March 2012

The ISSE condemns the police killing of young Brazilian student Roberto Laudisio Curti in Sydney’s CBD on March 18.

Quebec student strike:

A strategy to mobilize the working class is needed

By Richard Dufour, 27 March 2012

The student strike against the Quebec Liberal government’s drastic increase in university tuition fees is at a crossroads.

The student debt explosion

By Andre Damon, 14 March 2012

Rising default rates on student loans reflect the social disaster facing young people.

Quebec’s striking students must turn to the working class!

By International Students for Social Equality, 29 February 2012

Students must consciously reach out to workers as allies in a common battle and fight to transform the student strike against tuition fee increases into a unified struggle in defense of all public services, all social programmes, and all jobs.

ISSE opposes extradition of UK student Richard O’Dwyer

By Julie Hyland, 13 February 2012

The International Students for Social Equality held a meeting in defence of student Richard O’Dwyer, on his campus at Sheffield Hallam University.

International Students for Social Equality (UK) meeting: Oppose extradition of Richard O’Dwyer to the US!

3 February 2012

Sheffield Hallam University computer science student Richard O’Dwyer faces extradition to the US on copyright infringement charges, where he faces five to ten years imprisonment.

Oppose extradition of Richard O’Dwyer to the US!

By International Students for Social Equality (UK), 23 January 2012

The International Students for Social Equality calls on all students, young people, academics and workers to oppose the extradition of Richard O’Dwyer to the United States on copyright infringement charges.

Unite the working class to defend public education and democratic rights!

By International Students for Social Equality, 28 November 2011

The attack by campus police against a peaceful protest at UC Davis raises the need for a mass movement of the working class to protect the right to education and democratic rights.

The police attack at UC Davis: The working class and the defense of democratic rights

By Statement International Students for Social Equality, 21 November 2011

Friday’s assault by University of California Davis police on a peaceful protest is part of a nationwide wave of police repression against the Occupy movement.

Public meetings in Britain

The Occupy movement and beyond

Inequality and the fight for socialism

12 November 2011

The eruption of global protests, sparked by the Wall Street occupation in New York, has given voice to the mass opposition to social inequality, unemployment, war and the corporate domination of political life.

London student protest: Defend education with class struggle methods

By International Students for Social Equality (UK), 9 November 2011

This statement is being distributed at today’s protest in London in defence of education.

Ann Arbor: “End the influence of corporate money in politics”

8 October 2011

A crowd of at least 200 gathered on the central square of the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus Thursday evening to support the growing protests against Wall Street. The event was held as a planning meeting, or general assembly, in preparation for upcoming demonstrations in Detroit and Lansing.

Nearly two thirds of US student borrowers behind on repaying loans

By Nancy Hanover, 5 October 2011

With US student loan debt just under $950 billion, only 37 percent of young people with student loans are actually able to repay them on schedule.

New Zealand universities cut staff and courses

By Tom Peters, 8 September 2011

The cutbacks are a result of the government’s austerity measures over the past three years, and are a part of a global assault on workers and youth.

The capitalist crisis and the conditions facing the youth

By Andre Damon, 31 August 2011

The conditions facing youth at the beginning of the new academic year are an indictment of the capitalist system.

Foreign exchange students at Pennsylvania Hershey factory walk out over abuse

By Naomi Spencer, 22 August 2011

Hundreds of foreign students walked out of a Hershey’s chocolate plant in Palmyra, Pennsylvania August 17, protesting against exploitative working conditions.

Defend Sri Lankan university teachers

By the International Students for Social Equality (Sri Lanka), 16 June 2011

The ISSE in Sri Lanka calls on students to defend the right of university teachers to fight for a wage increase and improved conditions.

Only one in four US teenagers will find summer jobs

By ISSE reporters, 14 June 2011

Two and a half years after the Wall Street crash, the conditions of life for young people throughout the country are only getting worse.

Defend Catherine Ferguson Academy!

Unite all sections of the working class! Public education is a social right!

By Socialist and International Students for Social Equality, 10 June 2011

Students, teachers, parents and the working class as a whole must mobilize to reject the closure of Catherine Ferguson Academy.

Young people have the right to a job!

By International Students for Social Equality, 6 June 2011

This summer, as schools go on break, and millions of students graduate from high school and college, young people throughout the United States are confronted with a basic problem: there are no jobs.

Obama budget to hit low-income students and families

By Tom Eley, 15 February 2011

The White House budget will cut $100 billion in funding for higher education by eliminating Pell Grants that help low-income students attend summer courses, and by imposing interest rates on federal loans for graduate students.

Oppose Brown’s cuts in California! Education must be a social right!

By International Students for Social Equality, 25 January 2011

This statement is being distributed by members of the ISSE in the US state of California as the new college semester begins.

WSWS/ISSE meeting discusses New Zealand mine disaster

By our correspondents, 24 December 2010

Meeting told that last month’s Pike River coal disaster constitutes a devastating indictment of the company’s safety procedures and of the profit system itself.

ISSE/SEP meetings in Germany defend Julian Assange and WikiLeaks

By our correspondents, 24 December 2010

The International Students for Social Equality and the Socialist Equality Party held two meetings in Germany in defense of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.

Statement of the International Students for Social Equality (UK)

Britain: Which way forward for the student movement?

By International Students for Social Equality (UK), 30 November 2010

As students and school pupils in Britain organise a third day of action against the brutal cuts in education, it is necessary to review the experience so far.

Police attack students involved in nationwide protests in UK

By Robert Stevens, 26 November 2010

Tens of thousands of university and college students, as well as school-aged youth demonstrated across the UK on Wednesday, in opposition to higher tuition fees and cuts in further and higher education.

Sri Lanka: ISSE/SEP public meeting against university privatisation

22 November 2010

The International Students for Social Equality and the Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka have called a public meeting to discuss a socialist program for the working class to fight the privatisation of university education.

ISSE and SEP hold meeting on Detroit Symphony strike at the University of Michigan

By Shannon Jones, 18 November 2010

The ISSE and SEP held a meeting at the University of Michigan November 15 in Ann Arbor to discuss the broader social and cultural implication of the strike by members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.