October 10, 2015

SDS 10th Annual National Convention - REGISTER NOW!

We are happy to announce that Students for a Democratic Society will be holding our tenth National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 10th and 11th. Registration is now open:


September 06, 2015

National Students for a Democratic Society Stands with Simon Trinidad and Colombia

Students for a Democratic Society stands with Simon Trinidad and the peace process in Colombia. Simon Trinidad is an important political leader in the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army (FARC-EP). He served as a peace negotiator before the CIA pushed for his extradition to the US for trumped up charges. The US government sentenced Simon Trinidad to 60 years in prison when it got a conviction after Trinidad beat three of the four kangaroo court trials. He's forced into solitary confinement and denied basic human rights.

If the United States government's gross violations of Simon Trinidad human rights were not enough, it actively supports, funds, and trains the Colombian government to engage in a dirty civil war. The vast majority of human rights violations in Colombia occur either by the government itself or by the government supported narco-paramilitaries. Yet, Colombia has received nearly 8 billion dollars in US aid primarily for military operations under the guise of "counter-narcotics."

The FARC-EP demands the release of one of their main peace negotiators, Simon Trinidad, from inhumane conditions. The United States and Barack Obama must meet this incredibly reasonable request for the sake of the peace process in Colombia. National SDS will mobilize on September 21st to demand Simon Trinidad's release at the Florence Colorado Supermax prison known as the “Guantanamo of the Rockies”.

September 01, 2015

SDS Condemns “Daughter Drop-Off” Signs & Sexual Violence on Campus

Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) stands against the sexism displayed last Friday, on August 21st, by the Sigma Nu fraternity at Old Dominion University in Virginia. Sigma Nu fraternity members hung “daughter drop-off” signs that said, “Rowdy And Fun! Hope your baby girl is ready for a good time!” and “Go ahead and drop off mom too!” SDS views this as fraternity members celebrating rape culture, and we denounce it completely.
Furthermore, SDS understands that this is a national trend. There are many fraternities whose members hung these signs across the country, sexually harassing women and proclaiming support for sexual violence. This year, Sigma Pi members at Middle Tennessee University displayed “Freshman Girl Info Center” signs, in an uncanny resemblance to the ODU case. Another big case occurred at Texas Tech, with signs hung up by Phi Delta Theta members, announcing, “No Means Yes” and “Yes Means Anal.”
There has been great backlash against these and similar cases, from parents, students, and activists. Victims have been standing up, such as the 2012 victim of Wesleyan University’s “rape factory” fraternity, Beta Theta Pi, who sued the university for inaction. At Columbia University in 2013, Emma Sulkowicz carried her mattress to school everyday to illustrate the trauma of her mishandled rape case. She was one of 23 victims that year who sued Columbia University for similar mishandlings.
Nothing short of protests and public pressure has struck any blows. Old Dominion University has suspended Sigma Nu’s frat activities, but SDS understands that this is temporary. It does nothing to stop broader rape culture on campuses. SDS has always organized around this demand, with educational events and protests for mandatory sexual assault courses.
We condemn the fraternity members’ disgusting sexist attitudes. More than that, we hold campus administration responsible for largely ignoring these cases and silencing these victims. SDS will keep organizing to end rape culture, sexual violence, and patriarchy until it is no longer a reality.

August 23, 2015

SDS Hosts Week of Action for Rasmea Odeh, 8/31 through 9/4

Between Monday, August 31st, and Friday, September 4th, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) chapters and affiliates are holding a Week of Action for Rasmea Odeh, in preparation for her appeal in the fall.

May 07, 2015

Progressive Students of Milwaukee Occupy UWM Chancellor's Office to Oppose Budget Cut!

As Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's egregious $300 million budget cut to the University of Wisconsin (UW) system is debated in the state legislature, members of Progressive Students of Milwaukee, Youth Empowered in the Struggle and the UW Milwaukee Resists Cuts Coalition are staging a sit-in at UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mark Mone's office after numerous attempts to try to meet with him.

The students are demanding that the chancellor meet with them and concede to their demands that he publicly and unequivocally oppose the proposed budget as harmful, unnecessary and political in nature, as well as cut administrative positions and salaries before cutting academics and student services and before laying off faculty and staff. The students refuse to leave until their voices are heard!

Call Chancellor Mone's office and demand that he meet with UWM students and oppose the cuts!


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.