March 29, 2015

SDS Statement on the 12th Anniversary of the Invasion of Iraq

March 20th marks the 12th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq by the
United States. This invasion was kicked off with the “Shock and Awe”
bombings of Baghdad in which over 6,000 civilians were killed. This
act of aggression was the beginning of a long occupation of the
country by US troops that would eventually result in over half a
million Iraqis being killed. Beyond the deaths there was incalculable
damage to Iraqi infrastructure, as well as a mental scar that will
mark the psyche of Iraqis and the surrounding region for generations
to come.

March 09, 2015

Trans Lives Matter Tallahassee Protests Trans Discrimination Bill

On March 3rd, over 20 organizers with Trans Lives Matter Tallahassee, led by members of Tallahassee SDS, protested against proposed Florida House Bill 583. They began the rally with a moment of silence for the 11 Trans folk who have been murdered or committed suicide due to transphobia since the beginning of the year. After the moment of silence they had a round of speakers and then entered into the capitol building with the intent of delivering a letter to Governor Rick Scott, demanding Scott stand with Trans Lives Matter and veto the bill if it comes to his desk. They read the letter aloud with a mic check, and demanded a meeting with the governor. They were denied this meeting and were kicked out of the capitol building shortly after for chanting.

Progressive Students of Milwaukee Protest Wisconsin Right to Work Bill

On March 4th, Progressive Students of Milwaukee marched against Right to Work legislation in Wisconsin. Dozens of students and faculty, as well as local union members, protested, many of whom had been in Madison the week before protesting against Right to Work. The protest emphasized the importance of solidarity with private-sector unions, as well as the similarity between Walker's budget cuts and Right to Work.

March 02, 2015

SDS Statement in Solidarity with Anti-Right to Work Protests in Wisconsin

Students for a Democratic Society stands with the Progressive Students of Milwaukee in solidarity with the working people of Wisconsin against union-busting "right to work" legislation proposed by the state senate and supported by Governor Scott Walker.
Gov. Walker has consistently worked to dismantle public institutions, like the UW system, and to combat the power of the working class by attacking unions. Four years ago, Gov. Walker pushed through state tax cuts for the wealthy, which created a debt crisis for Wisconsin, while simultaneously proposing to solve the crisis by attacking public sector unions. An attack on the public sector which continues to this day with Gov. Walker’s proposed $300 million cuts to the University of Wisconsin system, a 13 percent cut to the higher education budget. In 2011, tens of thousands of working class people in Wisconsin stood up, occupied the Capitol building, and demanded a recall election to replace Gov. Walker. And he is at it again.

February 21, 2015

SDS Demands Justice for Muslim Youth Murdered in Chapel Hill

Students for a Democratic Society demands justice for Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, Razan Abu Salha and Deah Shabby Barakat who were murdered in Chapel Hill, NC by Craig Stephen Hicks.

Hicks murdered Deah Shabby Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, in an execution style murder during a home invasion on February 10. Reports indicate at least 8 shots were fired and injuries to Barakat indicate he had been brutally beaten. All three victims were shot in the head.

Progressive Students of Milwaukee Hold Second Protest Against Budget Cuts

On February 11th, Progressive Students of Milwaukee held a second protest against proposed budget cuts to the University of Wisconsin system. Over 100 students and faculty members gathered at Spaights Plaza. After a series of fiery speeches from students and campus labor leaders, students marched through the Lubar School of Business, and into the Student Union, where a student involvement fair was taking place. The rally picked up several students from the fair, and returned to Spaights Plaza.

February 16, 2015

SDS Condemns Political Repression of MOA Protestors. Hands Off Activists! Black Lives Matter! Charge Us Too!

Students for a Democratic Society condemns the repression of activists related to the protest of thousands of people at the Mall of America on December 20, 2014 organized by #Black Lives Matters. The actions of the city of Bloomington, their police department, and city prosecutor Sandra Johnson have been excessive and irresponsible. The intimidation, surveillance and militarized police presence exercised against protesters exercising their rights highlights the repression of the civil rights and the flagrant priorities of private property over the rights of citizens.