July 25, 2016

National Students for a Democratic Society on the Democratic National Convention

With the Democratic National Convention approaching, it has now been confirmed that Hillary Clinton is the Democratic Party nominee in the 2016 Presidential election. While SDS’s focus is primarily on building organizational power within our communities and carrying out direct action, this result is not irrelevant to us. Multiple chapters from SDS will be marching on the DNC along with many other organizations to protest the racist, warmongering platform of the Democratic Party.

Despite her rhetoric, Hillary Clinton ultimately represents the interests of the Wall Street billionaires and the rest of the 1%. As the perfect ‘status quo’ candidate, Clinton carries out a neoliberal agenda, having a history of racist, warmongering, anti­-immigrant, and anti­-worker pursuits and policies. Domestically, Clinton is notorious for “superpredator” bills contributing to mass incarceration, mass deportations, austerity, spending cuts, and the continued support of big business. Abroad, Clinton promotes war over peace, and has been involved in NATO­led wars against Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, as well as coups in Honduras and Ukraine. Hillary Clinton’s record and platform, on par with the policies of both major parties, contribute to the continued attack on all workers and oppressed people.

Clinton secured her nomination by outperforming Bernie Sanders, a candidate who is less of a ‘major player’ in the Democratic Party, but who was able to find a base of support in the youth. The Bernie Sanders campaign, despite his widespread popularity, demonstrates the need to continue as independent organizers. Ultimately, Bernie Sanders could not win the nomination because the interests which control the Democratic Party supported the Clinton campaign. As an organization that supports education rights, economic freedom, social justice, and many other causes that were important to the Sanders campaign, we invite those who wish to continue the struggle to join in political organizing to build people’s power.

While SDS has put out the call to “Dump Trump”, we are not letting the Democratic Party slide either. The neoliberal agenda pursued by the Democrats and Republicans alike is responsible for the economic crises, police brutality, mass deportations, and mass incarceration that have allowed for the rise of a racist, sexist, anti-­immigrant demagogue like Donald Trump. While the Donald Trump campaign is a more openly and acutely racist, anti­-immigrant, fear mongering platform, ultimately the interests of the people are not represented by either party. In fact many of the fears about a potential Trump presidency are already being actively carried out by the current Obama administration, including the deportation of more than 2.5 million immigrants, drone strikes in 7 different countries, anti­-worker austerity measures, and mass incarceration.

Ultimately, the only way to victory is through building people’s power. This is why National SDS is calling upon progressive students and youth everywhere to carry the momentum from the “Dump Trump” rallies forward into the marches on the Democratic National Convention. To those who are disillusioned, do not let the fight end with the Sanders campaign. Join us at the DNC, and then bring that fight back to your communities and schools, and build organizations of people’s power. Our only path to victory is through working together and building a mass movement independent of the establishment. 

Dare to struggle, dare to win!

July 20, 2016

National S.D.S. Stands Against Police Crimes, Police Brutality and Demands Justice for Alton Sterling and Philando Castile

On July 5, 2016 37 year old Alton Sterling was shot by police after being tackled to the ground. Sterling, a father from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was at a convenience store, when two cops approached him. Sterling was selling CDs on the sidewalk and had permission from the store owner to be there. The two cops began questioning him and consequently tackled him to the ground, pinned him down and shot him six times – killing him.

The following day on July 6, 2016 Philando Castile was driving with his family when he was pulled over by cops. The officer proceeded to shoot Castile at close range, and then started to curse and yell as Castile bled out. The whole time his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, live-streamed the whole incident to Facebook. Castile was taken to the hospital where he died later that night. Officers put Reynolds in holding until 5 a.m., where she didn’t have the ability to contact anyone.

National Students for a Democratic Society is aware that these murders represent the foundation and heart of what the police were founded on-violence and white supremacy. National S.D.S. condemns this racist terror that is constantly carried out against oppressed nationalities.
We stand against racism, national oppression and its manifestations as police brutality, repression and militarization. We support and promote all demands for democratic, community controlled police departments by oppressed communities. We struggle for the national liberation and self determination of all oppressed nations in the U.S and abroad. Finally, National S.D.S. stands in solidarity with Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and protesters across the nation as we struggle to disarm the police.

Black Lives Matter!
Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win!
No Justice, No Peace!

July 01, 2016

SDS Calls on Students to March on the RNC, Dump Trump

Say No to the City’s Attacks on Free Speech!

In late April 2016, the remaining candidates for the 2016 Republican nominee, Ted Cruz and John Kasich, dropped out of the presidential race. This leaves Donald Trump as the presumptive nominee, without any opposing Republican candidate with support from Congress. Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) chapters, along with numerous progressive, anti-war, anti-racist organizations in the Coalition to Stop Trump and March on the RNC, are thus preparing to March on the RNC in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 18th, and to call on people everywhere to “Dump Trump!”

June 24, 2016

SDS 11th Annual National Convention - REGISTER NOW!

We are happy to announce that Students for a Democratic Society will be holding our tenth National Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota on October 8th and 9th. Registration is now open:


June 15, 2016

National SDS Stands in Solidarity with the LGBTQIA+ Community of Orlando, FL

In the early hours of Sunday, June 12th, a gunman killed 49 people and injured 53 others at a queer club, Pulse, in Orlando, Florida during the club’s Latino Night. Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) recognizes this attack as a tragic consequence of the homophobia and transphobia embedded within the United States’ domestic policies and economic system.

June 02, 2016

National SDS Demands Education for All

Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) has decided to engage in a new national campaign, demanding education for all! A place where students of all genders, races, sexual and romantic orientations, etc. are supposed to attend for higher education, the U.S. University system grows ever more exclusionary via individual university policies and policies made by the state, which enable them. These academic institutions would not exist if it weren’t for students, yet they continuously fail to meet the needs of the population they were created to serve. This is why we are demanding education for all; it’s time for schools to listen to the students’ voices and work in our interest.

June 01, 2016

All Out to Detroit for Rasmea Odeh June 13th!

On the morning of Monday, June 13th, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) chapters and affiliates will mobilize in Detroit in solidarity with Rasmea Odeh, whose case is receiving a status hearing on that date. The hearing will be at the federal courthouse in Detroit, Michigan, where she will appear with her attorneys in front of Judge Gershwin Drain. 

Rasmea Odeh is a Palestinian activist who has dedicated her life to building the Palestinian solidarity movement in the United States. In 1969, she was captured by the Israeli Defense Forces and physically and sexually tortured. She gave testimony about her experience at the United Nations ten years later. Now, even though Odeh is a naturalized US citizen, the federal government has put her on trial under threat of deportation in order to weaken the anti-war movement and the movement of self-determination of Palestine, of which she is an important icon.

Some progress has been made as a result of demands issued by concerned citizens and anti-repression groups: in February, a court of appeals ruled that crucial evidence regarding Odeh’s torture was wrongfully barred from a prior case. For this reason, she has been granted a hearing with the chance for a new trial where she can deliver her testimony about her rape and torture. However, this alone does not entail that Odeh’s charges will be dropped. Further effort on our part is necessary to ensure this outcome.

SDS chapters and affiliates demand an unconditional overturn of Rasmea Odeh’s bogus conviction of immigration fraud.

For more information, visit justice4rasmea.org