November 17th 2010 - "Global Day of Action"

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November 17th 2010
"Global Day of Action"

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November 17th marks the "International Students' Day". Details on the history behind that day check out wikipedia, International Union of Students and/or youtube.

November 17th will also be a highlight of the "Global Wave of Action for Education", which kicked off on October 7th and already saw massive protests for free education in Austria, Italy, the Ukraine and U.S.A. among others.
The international "joint statement", which is the result of monthslong discussions, is the basis for united protests for that day, just like it is the basis for the "Global Wave" as a whole.

Display the "united symbol" to communicate internationally, that you understand your action as part of the "Global Wave":

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In case you use twitter: make sure you include #globalEdu or #ondaGlobal in your tweets related to the "Global Day of Action", so they will appear on the ISM website.

Let's create an overview of all the protests currently being planned around the world on November 17th, which are linked to the "Global Wave of Action for Education"!

If you don't have the resources to arrange an action on that day, then recording a "video message" for education activists worldwide might be an option for you as well.

Here is a list of protests that have been announced in this context until now:

  • Italy: Day of Action across the country called for by Rete della Conoscenza, Unione degli Studenti and LINK (facebook)
  • Monrovia, Liberia: Youth for Community Academic and Development Services (YoCADS), an NGO, is calling for a rally in Monrovia.
  • Lisbon, Portugal: the student body of Coimbra together with major students associations are calling for a demonstration in the capital Lisbon (,
  • Indonesia: PEMBEBASAN is currently planning actions for that day. Details to be announced soon.
  • Philippines: among others the League of Filipino Students (LFS) are currently preparing for walk-outs and a wave of strikes on campuses across the country. (
  • Hildesheim, Germany: the student parlament at the University of Hildesheim is calling for a demonstration ( Groups in other cities are still discussing what actions to take.
  • Bremen, Germany: flashmobs at main railway station and city centre on Nov.17th and a General Assembly on Nov.18th at the University of Bremen (, calendar)
  • Gießen, Germany: various groups, incl. the student representative body at the University of Gießen, are calling for a demonstration (
  • Osnabrück, Germany: pupils are mobilising for a demonstration (
  • Freiburg, Germany: "demonstration of jubilation": a sarcastic protest, celebrating the wonderful education system: leadership - fees - competition! (
  • Stuttgart, Germany: rally at the castle, Schlossplatz, with open mic (
  • Munich, Germany: rally in front of the Ludwig Maximilian University + general assembly (
  • Skopje, Rep. Macedonia: the independent student movement "Sloboden Indeks" will arrange an installment on campus to work against the established student unions (that represent government interests), have a flashmob and a party in the evening. (calendar)
  • Poland: Demokratyczne Zrzeszenie Studenckie is calling for flashmobs in at least eight cities across the country. (facebook)
  • Ottawa, Canada: smaller actions such as banner drops
  • California, U.S.A.: actions to prevent the regents meeting at the University of California through a mass statewide demonstration among others (
  • Patiala, India: the Punjab Student Union is organising a rally as part of the "Global Day of Action"
  • Vienna, Austria: zombie flashmob (facebook,

Send an e-mail with the details to if you want to see your action included here or leave a comment below.


"global flashmob" idea

I received the following idea by mail:

hi Mo

i'm so sorry i can't help more at the moment .( but perhaps you can make use of this little idea...
if theres still no concept for the wave video i would suggest a dance combining 3 little elements

freestyle - showing we are all individuals and have all a unique way of seeing the world ,)

together as group (holding hands recommended) - showing that all who come together work together
                                                                                      and strengthening the local groups

wave move (la-ola) - showing that the whole is more than the sum of its parts, and we are all on this planet together

best wishes to you and all

What do you think? Comments?

New idea

I like the hand raising idea or freestyle and put that together with maybe a student protest cheer!

Ready to roll

Wow, there seems to be a lot of protests scheduled and ready to go. I am looking forward to the recaps that you provide and I hope that it all goes according to your plan that people are peaceful.

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