Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) is making a national call to action, to unite all progressive forces through local mass mobilizations around the country against Donald Trump’s bigoted agenda. SDS chapters from Tallahassee to Detroit have planned rallies and marches, while thousands of students at Berkeley High School in California staged a walk-out.
Since the beginning of 2016, SDS has been at the forefront of protests to dump Trump. Our chapters and affiliates led protests from coast to coast, even helping to completely shut down his speaking event in Chicago. We said that Trump’s agenda of bigotry, anti-immigrant, and Islamophobic attacks should not go unopposed.
Many have already voiced anger and confusion upon the election of Trump. During the primary, the Democratic National Committee purposefully elevated Trump in an attempt to make Clinton seem more electable. Despite Clinton barely winning the popular vote, the Electoral College determined that Trump got elected. Blame should be placed on this undemocratic system, not third party voters or people who desire a real progressive alternative.
Upon his election win, Clinton officially remarked that "We owe Trump an open mind". The same wealthy politicians and corporate media pundits who told us that Trump could be defeated at the ballot box, have offered no real solutions for how to stop his policy measures.
We call upon students and all people to channel their anger into organizing, so we can defend our communities, and build sustainable movements independent of the political establishment that provides both Trump and Hillary as viable candidates.
Mass deportations, border militarization, Islamophobic and anti-refugee attacks have already occurred under both Republican and Democrat presidencies. Obama was responsible for deporting 2.5 million undocumented immigrants, more people than the sum of all 19 presidents who governed the United States from 1892-2000.
SDS leads campaigns to win concrete demands, and fight systemic issues for lasting change. We aim to educate ourselves about the needs of students and oppressed people, and use direct action to demand what’s ours from those in power. SDS won tuition equity for undocumented students in the state of Florida, defeated tuition hikes on several campuses, and recently helped win a major strike victory for faculty workers at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. When we dare to struggle, we dare to win!
Trump says go back, we say fight back!