Here at the Students' Union we support students to make change by helping them run their own campaigns. As the end of the year approaches, it's time to look back at the amazing things these student campaigns have accomplished this term.
At the start of the term, we welcomed two campaigns in the ranks of SU-recognised campaigns: the newly launched Under the Sheets campaign, promoting education on sexual and emotional wellbeing at Sussex, and the Brighton chapter of the global Youth Strikes for Climate. These campaigns have already gone above and beyond expectations.
Under the Sheets have organised a wide range of events and actions as part of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. They notably held sexual violence and consent workshops, raised money for Survivors' Network, shared survivors testimonies of sexual violence at Sussex in a social media campaign, and launched a petition demanding the University reviews how it deals with sexual misconduct and the way they support survivors.
As well as taking part in organising two global strikes this term, Youth Strike for Climate Brighton partnered with other student groups including Climate Action Movement (CAM) and Global Justice Now to organise climate justice workshops at Sussex. They also co-curated a programme of events with ONCA which included a student climate networking event, an exhibition, talks and panels.
Continuing student campaigns have also done an amazing work this term. Sussex Sweatshop Free have continued their lobbying work aiming to get the University to sign up to Electronics Watch and have raised awareness of workers conditions as well as ways students can purchase and dispose of electronics more ethically. Meanwhile, students leading Access Sussex took part of in organising events for the first Disability History Month at Sussex and co-hosted a teach-out discussing the working conditions of disabled staff along with the learning conditions of disabled students as part of the UCU strikes.
Decolonise Sussex continued their work challenging institutional racism within the Univeristy. As well as organising events and actions including their Black History Month bingos, film screenings, teach-outs and their Refugee Tales evening where over £340 were raised for the Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group, the campaign also launched Decolonoise, a fortnightly radio show on URF. They also collaborated with LGBTQ+ society in the 'Put the Colour Back into LGBTQ+' campaign to help promote diversity and acceptance within Sussex's LGBTQ+ community.
Finally, students recently launched BN6100HK, a campaign raising awareness of the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong among Sussex students.
Congratulations to all campaigners for their hard work, we are looking forward to continuing to work with you in the new year.
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