November 17, 2014

Students for a Democratic Society Calls on Students to Demand Shutdown of School of Americas

November 21-23 Students for a Democratic Society will be joining thousands of other activists, from across the country, outside the gates of Fort Benning in Columbus, GA to say, “Shut down the School of the Americas!” The School of the Americas (SOA) is training ground for Latin American soldiers who are taught torture, psychological warfare, as well as how to carry out coups and overthrow democratically elected governments across Latin America. SOA graduates are responsible for overthrowing and attempts to overthrow democratically elected governments in places such as Honduras and Venezuela. SOA graduates are responsible for the rape, murder, and “disappearances” of hundreds of thousands of students, teachers, union leaders, clergy, and people who stand on the side of the poor and oppressed throughout the Americas, but especially in Colombia.

Recently, 43 student activists from Ayotzinapa, Mexico were “disappeared” by Mexican police. Mexico is one country that sends its military and security forces to train at the SOA. It is more important than ever to raise the demand to shut down the SOA and fight for justice for the 43 students from Ayotzinapa and for all those murdered by SOA graduates.

SDS’ers often say, “When we dare to fight, we dare to win!” And, we believe that we will win. One example of this is earlier this year when the Columbus, GA Police Department threatened to attempt to stop us from protesting outside the gates of Fort Benning this November. SDS was one of many organizations that vowed to be outside the gates of Fort Benning no matter what. We fought this attack saying, “Shut down the SOA, not free speech!” By our collective effort we were able to force the Columbus Police Department to back down. But we do not back down. We will continue to fight because we have seen time and time again that when we fight, we can win.

SDS will be hosting a student meet up on Saturday night after the concert in the convention center at the Fountain City Coffee shop (located at 1007 Broadway) in downtown Columbus. Anyone who believes that we can win and is interested in building the student movement is invited to join us!

See you in the streets!

October 20, 2014

The FBI came looking for me today at my family’s house

New Students for a Democratic Society is circulating the following statement from Scott Williams, a national coordinator for FIST (Fight Imperialism, Stand Together). SDS is firmly opposed to all forms of political repression and stands in solidarity with all of those who are facing political repression and intimidation.

The FBI came looking for me today at my family’s house
by Scott Williams

September 19, 2014

Students for a Democratic Society Calls for Action Against the Wars on October 7th

The United States launched an invasion of Afghanistan on October 7, 2001 which continues to this day. This evasion began the US’ War on Terror that the US government used to justify removing civil liberties, invading additional countries, and torturing people.

President George W. Bush stated the war aimed to dismantle Al-Qaeda by removing the Taliban from power. However, President Ronald Reagan funded and armed the Taliban in an effort to overthrow the government of Afghanistan. Even a basic understanding of history shows that United States hopes to control the region.

These wars have have tragic consequences. The US government remains responsible for at least 21,000 Afghan, nearly a million Iraqi, and countless others in countless countries killed. As American schools and universities suffer from tuition hikes and program cuts, the US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have cost between $4-$6 trillion. Students for a Democratic Society calls upon SDS chapters, affiliates, and allies to hold actions on their campuses and in their communities on Tuesday October 7. We must go out and say "No to the wars." We demand money for jobs and education, not for wars and occupation!

August 17, 2014

Justice for Michael Brown!

Students for a Democratic Society condemns the August 9, 2014 murder of Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Students for a Democratic Society condemns all racism, police brutality and the perpetration of state violence against its citizens.
When officer Darren Wilson took aim at the back of Michael Brown, he took aim with his gun but also targeted his humanity. Officer Wilson took due process into his own hands and became a vigilante and a cold blooded killer behind a badge and a gun. Witnesses reported that Brown was fleeing with his hands raised when he was struck by the first bullets. They also report after Brown was struck by the first, stopped and turned around calling out that he was unarmed the officer continued to fire.

July 13, 2014

SDS Stands With Palestine! End US aid to Israel!

Students for a Democratic Society condemns the air strikes on Gaza and the use of excessive force on the Palestinian people during Operation Brother's Keeper by The Israeli Defense Force and Israeli settlers. SDS stands in solidarity with the people of Palestine in the face of violent Israeli repression and terrorism.
Early on July 1 Israel began a series of what would be in total over 40 air strikes on the Palestinian territory of Gaza. The strikes are part of larger Israeli operations in the past two weeks that have sought to terrorize the Palestinian population of both Gaza and West Bank.

June 25, 2014

SDS Says NO! to another war in Iraq

Washington war hawks are beating the drums of war with their sights set again on Iraq. Troops have already been deployed in order to 'protect the embassy' and the likes of Sen. John McCain and Sen. Linsey Graham are calling for military action in the wake of the ISIL advances across the western and northern cities and oil field of Iraq. Graham has claimed that, "there is no scenario where we can stop the bleeding in Iraq without American air power."

Students for a Democratic Society continues to stand in full opposition to any intervention or new war in Iraq.

June 06, 2014

Support the 2014 SDS Nat'l Convention! Donate to SDS!

Since 2006, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) has grown to be the largest student-led anti-war, education rights, and international solidarity organization active in the US today. SDS has launched campaigns and won major victories fighting for tuition equity for undocumented students, fighting back against white supremacy and police brutality, fighting for justice in Palestine, opposing US military intervention, and chapters have worked on their local campuses on many other issues all across the country.
Now we need your help. On October 10th - 12th in Minneapolis, MN, SDS will host our 9th annual national convention at the University of Minnesota. Our annual national convention 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.