January 24, 2016

2015 National Convention Resolutions

These are resolutions and statements passed at our 2015 National Convention hosted in Milwaukee, WI. These resolutions and statements will help shape our politics and campaigns in the following year to come. These resolutions can also be printed out and used when tabling and flyering for your SDS chapter.

November 24, 2015

SDS Stands Against White Supremacist Violence

Students for a Democratic Society condemns the actions of white supremacists in their shooting of 5 protesters at a Justice for Jamar Clark rally in Minneapolis at 10:45 pm on November 23rd. White supremacists approached the rally, as they have done for several nights in a row, and began shouting racial slurs. Protesters began to marshal the fascists away from the protest for being disruptive when they open fire. They shot 5 people, 3 of which were taken to the hospital.

November 23, 2015

SDS stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, the NAACP, and the community of North Minneapolis demanding justice for Jamar Clark.

March in Minneapolis to demand justice for Jamar Clark

Clark, a 24 year old African American, was shot in police custody outside the Elk’s Lodge at the intersections of Plymouth Ave and James in North Minneapolis in the early morning hours of Sunday November 15, 2015. Family members and witnesses report he was laying down on the ground not resisting arrest when he was shot execution style in the head.

According to the NAACP he was shot in front of dozens of witnesses who were sprayed with mace and had guns drawn on them in the wake of shooting. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital and was taken off life support on Monday after his family had time to gather.

Immediately Sunday night protesters gathered at the 4th Precinct in North Minneapolis, only blocks from where the incident took place. The protest quickly turned into an occupation of the precinct, demanding that the video of the confrontation be released publicly and that the responsible officers be brought to justice. In addition the protest has demanded immediate independent investigation, independent civilian oversight of the police, and police having to live in the local communities they serve.

November 22, 2015

December 3rd Day to Demand Affirmative Action

On Thursday December 3rd, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) chapters and affiliates are holding a Day to Defend Affirmative Action in response to the Supreme Court case starting December 9th. The Supreme Court of the United States has decided to take a second look at the Fisher v. University of Texas case, which deals with the legality of the affirmative action program used in the University of Texas system. However, the decision made in this case will decide the fate of affirmative action programs in colleges and universities across the United States.

November 17, 2015

SDS Says No to Increased US Intervention in Syria and Iraq, As Western Intervention Gave Rise to Terror in Paris and Beirut

On November 13th, a series of coordinated attacks of terror on several public spaces including a theater, a concert and several restaurants in Paris killed 132 people. This was exactly one day after a bombing killed 43 people in Beirut. On November 14th, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed responsibility for both of these attacks.

Students for a Democratic Society is horrified by these attacks on innocent civilians, yet we recognize that these attacks did not not happen in isolation to the policies of the U.S., French and other Western governments, which have funded the Islamic State for years. We recognize that the people of France, Beirut, Syria, Iraq, and Yemen are paying the price for the policies of the French government and the US government towards the Middle East, and that these deaths should not be used as a call for increased Western invention and war.

November 09, 2015

National SDS Celebrates the U of Missouri Students' Victory Against Racism, President Tim Wolfe Steps Down

Students gather to rally and celebrate the resignation of University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe (Daniel Brenner/New York Times)
National Students for a Democratic Society stands in solidarity with the African-American students, faculty, football players, and other members of the University of Missouri campus community, who have been protesting against the administration's inaction towards a series of racist slurs and hate crimes.

Just today, the University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe has stepped down from his post, in response to student protests and the football team's strike against administration's inaction towards racist hate speech.

In early October, several black students had slurs flung at them by racists on campus, and they called on administration to take action. Administration did nothing. A swastika was found drawn in feces in one of the dorm bathrooms, and again, students called for administration to act. Again, administration did nothing to combat the anti-Black hate speech. Concerned Students 1950, a student group formed to fight racism at University of Missouri, has since been organizing protests and walkouts to oust the University of Missouri president for his inaction.

This week, the University of Missouri football team's members of at least 30 players went on strike, announcing that they would play no games until university President Tim Wolfe resigned from his post. Yesterday, the U of Missouri faculty also joined the call for student walkouts, in solidarity with the football team's strike.

Students for a Democratic Society views the resignation of President Tim Wolfe as the hard-won success of the football players' strike, the student demonstrations, and the faculty's solidarity. We also demand that administrators not only address hate speech, but also that campus administrations increase their enrollment and retention of African-American students and end discriminatory admissions practices.

We see that the fight against anti-Black racism in Missouri lives on, particularly after the Ferguson uprising, and we view these bold, brave actions as an example for students all over the country.