April 29, 2015

Students for a Democratic Society Stands in Solidarity with Baltimore Protesters, Against Police Brutality

Students for a Democratic Society stands in solidarity with the people’s uprising in Baltimore as they demand justice for Freddie Gray. SDS stands against police repression and militarization, particularly in its manifestations as brutality, racial profiling, and enforcement of white supremacy. The uprising in Baltimore highlights the extreme emergency situation of oppressed nationalities in the United States and demonstrates the extreme measures to which people living in Baltimore will bravely go to take back their streets, in a sustained series of protests that have yet to cease.

April 28, 2015

SDS Stands Against State Mandated Murder of Mumia Abu Jamal

Students for a Democratic Society and its affiliates stand in solidarity with political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal, who is the victim of attempted execution through medical neglect and malpractice. An acclaimed activist, author, and revolutionary journalist; Mumia went into diabetic shock on March 30, with no past history of diabetes. Hospitalized for two days, Mumia was then transferred back to the prison that failed to diagnose his illness. With a dangerously inadequate diet and health that deteriorates each day, Mumia’s well-being is being deliberately sabotaged. As the state’s two past execution attempts were foiled by international pressure, SDS recognizes this medical mistreatment as another attempt on Mumia’s life.

April 10, 2015

Tallahassee SDS Marches Against the Klan and Racism

Photo by Rosie Richeson

On Thursday, April 9th, over 100 students gathered at the steps of the Westcott administration building on Florida State Universities campus to protest the recent Klan activity in Tallahassee communities and Florida law enforcement. Just last week the KKK made national headlines when three Florida Department of Corrections officers, who were secretly members of Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, were caught planning to lynch a black prisoner once he had been released. This news came at the same time as the KKK was carrying out a major recruiting campaign throughout Florida, passing out hundreds of flyers near Tallahassee throughout Leon and Jefferson Counties.

April 09, 2015

University of Minnesota SDS Delivers People's State of the University Address

Just an hour after UMN President Eric Kaler delivered his annual State of the University address, Minneapolis activists, led by Students for a Democratic Society members, delivered their own address. Dubbed a "People's State of the University Address", the address centered on the struggle of students, staff, and faculty, including inflated administrations, the need for a diversified campus, tuition hikes, and greater difficulties for workers. This was in contrast the the address delivered by Eric Kaler which was little more than a PR stunt for the university.

Students for a Democratic Society Stand in Solidarity with Venezuela

Students for a Democratic Society and its affiliates stand in solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution and the Venezuelan government, and we oppose all forms of intervention by the United States. We are joining forces with other antiwar organizations in the United States, in response to President Maduro’s call for international solidarity. On April 19th, we’ll be participating in the Global Day of Action in Solidarity with Venezuela.

US INTERVENTION ATTEMPTS IN VENEZUELA


On March 9th, President Obama released an Executive Order, calling Venezuela an “unusual and extraordinary threat to national security.” This is the latest phase of US warmongering against the Venezuelan government:

1. Multiple coup attempts against Chavez and Maduro, including coup attempts in 2002 and 2014. Most recently, another coup attempt surfaced earlier this year in exchange for visas to the US and the UK.

2. A year-round effort by the US to prop up anti-government protests. According to Telesur, “USAID set up an Office for Transition Initiatives (OTI) in Caracas … to oversee Venezuela operations and distribute millions of dollars to anti-government groups.”

3. Non-stop propaganda, demonizing legitimate elections and omitting their. Congress passed the “Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act”, which called for “a strategy for expanding [the efforts to broadcast and distribute anti-government information] in Venezuela.”

4.Sanctions against democratically elected pro-government forces.

WHY VENEZUELA? WHY THE BOLIVARIANS?


Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Nicaragua openly condemn Western capital and neoliberal policies.  The Chavez and Maduro administrations in particular have worked to eradicate the poverty and illiteracy caused by US imperialism:

1. Universal, tuition-free education.

2. Efforts to end illiteracy. “It is estimated that over 70% of the new students entering Venezuela's university system come from families living below the poverty line.”

3. Efforts to end poverty.  “In 1998, 21 percent of homes were registered as experiencing extreme poverty and earlier that decade as economic crisis.” By 2014, the number had dropped massively to 5.5%.

US INTERVENTION IS DOMINATION, POVERTY, WAR


The U.S. government has backed interventions and coup attempts in both Latin America and around the world for over a century. Some Latin American examples include:

● (1954) Jocobo Arbenz of Guatemala

● (1964) Joao Goulart of Brazil

● (1973) Salvador Allende of Chile

● (2009) Jose Manuel Zelaya of Honduras

The goal of these interventions is not the spread of democracy, as the US government claims. It
is to open the country to US capital, to the privatization of necessities like water, education, and oil. U.S. corporations also exploit these people for cheap labor, land, natural resources.

SDS stands for the sovereignty and self-determination of Latin America. We proudly support the Bolivarian Revolution’s efforts to free Latin America from U.S. hegemony -- economic, cultural, and political.

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.