February 06, 2016

SDS Stands Against the Return of Kings, Sexual Violence and Defenders of Misogyny

Return of Kings "Canceled" Their Pro-Rape Meetings, SDS to Proceed with Feminist Rallies

The Return of Kings is a small but vocal “neo-masculinist” group that has made recent headlines with egregiously misogynistic and homophobic behavior, along with their goal of a nationwide legalization of rape. They recently announced that their chapters would hold their first in-person meetings, along with published addresses, and progressives and feminists -- including SDS members -- all over the globe have responded with counter-protests. Recently, the Return of Kings has announced that they are "canceling" their event, in light of the threat of "violence," but SDS chapters will proceed with their feminist rallies.

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.