September 27, 2013

Statement of Support for SDS

In the past seven years Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) has grown to be the largest student anti-war, education rights, and international solidarity organization active in the US today. SDS has also launched campaigns and won major victories fighting back against white supremacy and police brutality, fighting for justice in Palestine, combating rape culture on campus, and many other issues all across the country.
Now we need your help. Our national convention (Oct. 11 – 13, Clarksville, TN) provides a platform to: debate ideas in the public forum, hold workshops to learn from students who engage in struggles around the country, grow the student and youth movement by attracting new activists and organizers, and ultimately forge ahead towards a future free of war and oppression with a respect for human rights and dignity. However, with the rising costs of education that leads many students permanently into debt, many of the students who are struggling just to stay in college won't be able to attend the convention and fight for change without your donation. Your contribution will help provide a formative experience in a young person's life that will have a lasting effect on their social and political consciousness.
We’re asking those who support the mission of the New SDS to donate 50 dollars and become endorsers of the conference. If the suggested 50 dollars isn’t possible, any amount will help. You can donate here. This contribution will help cover food, housing, and travel expenses for our SDSers at chapters nationwide. This will help us continue our mission to struggle to:
-Defend education as a right.
-End the wars. US out of Afghanistan, the Middle East, and everywhere.
-End police brutality and the attacks on oppressed nationalities
-Legalization for all immigrants.
-End homophobia and discrimination.
-Free all political prisoners including Lynne Stewart, Chelsea Manning, the Holy Land Five, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Leonard Peltier, and anyone else being held for their political beliefs.
-End the attacks on civil liberties and stop NSA surveillance of our emails, phone calls, and communications.
-Stop political repression of Muslims and Arab-Americans, anti-war activists, radicals, or those who don’t agree with the system.
Thank you in advance for your contribution. We hope we see you at the convention and on the streets!
To donate by check make a check payable to ACT (Alliance for Community Trainers) with memo line "SDS National Convention" and mail to:
POB 1286
Austin TX 78767-1286
Joe Isobaker
Eric Mann