What is the ISM?

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What is the ISM?

The International Student Movement (ISM) is an open platform for cooperation, coordination, communication, and collaboration between different individuals and groups involved with the struggle against the increasing commercialisation of education as well as for free emancipatory education.

The ISM was initiated during the coordination efforts for the International Day of Action against the Commercialization of Education, which took place on November 5th 2008. It is the people and groups that use and shape the ISM who write collective statements, synergize efforts, coordinate, make signs and symbols, and continually expand the horizons of the struggle for free emancipatory education.
The ISM is generally open to everyone (whether students/pupils, parents, lecturers/faculty, or staff/workers, unemployed) who supports our collective struggle and has always been and will always be independent of any political party, union, or other institution.

Due to the nature of platforms nobody can represent or speak for the ISM as a whole. Nonetheless this international joint statement endorsed by groups and individuals gives an idea of what many people and groups connected to the ISM stand for. Last but not least it is important to know that the ISM itself has no financial capabilities, only individuals or groups connected to it might do so.

What tools make up the infrastructure of the ISM on the global level?


  • global mailing list: This is an open list any activist can use to spread important updates to the global network in English (more than 1,500 addresses). To stay connected to the flow of information on the ISM platform it is highly recommended to subscribe to the list.
  • website: ism-global.net - used for news and announcements. (new website in the making!)


Social Media:

Initiated and coordinated on the ISM so far:

The following regional chapters were initiated so far: ISM Africa, ISM Asia, "Balkan Student", and ISM North America (ISM-NA).

The platform is being upheld by individual activists in different parts of the world. It will continue to exist as long as individuals who are passionate about the struggle help to maintain the infrastructure, improve it and make use of it.

~ one world - one struggle ~

For comments, suggestions, questions or requests contact the ISM (global) admin collective: ism_admin@lists.riseup.net

Hi Brothers/sisters/friends/and all

I am Jaswanth AISF - AllIndiaStudent'sFederation (1936) Hyderabad Vice-president
Nice to meet you all people