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Support Antiwar Protestors Arrested at UA!

March 4, 2008

Student Activists, Iraq Vet Arrested in “Mock Raid”

Four protesters were arrested and charged with “disorderly conduct” after members of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) staged a mock-raid with Jason Hurd, member of Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW).

Hurd, along with members of Tuscaloosa- SDS and Asheville-SDS, were detained for over four hours on Friday, Feb. 29th, before being taken away in handcuffs to Tuscaloosa City Jail. During interrogation, UA-PD insinuated the protesters were terrorists and threatened to hand the case over the F.B.I. They bail was set for a total of $2,500. The non-students were also charged with trespassing and are now banned from university property.

The University has already released a statement condemning the action, claiming it “may have been alarming to those in the area” and that they “will not tolerate behavior that mimics a true emergency on our campus.” Several news sources have reported that the University plans on launching an investigation against the Tuscaloosa chapter of SDS, a officially registered student organization.

“If you are one of those people who was frightened, you had a glimpse of what it feels like to be an Iraqi man, woman or child who experiences things like this and worse everyday,” said J VanBolt, a UA student who witnessed the mock raid. “That is life for people in Iraq.”

We, Tuscaloosa-SDS, condemn the actions of the University, which we feel was not only exaggerated, but politically motivated. We demand that all charges be dropped. We want an apology from the University for their attempts to equate protesting with terrorism and violence. We refuse to be intimidated and harassed on our own campus.

We are urging supporters to contact the University, to let them know their will not be tolerated! We have a right to protest the unjust and illegal occupation of Iraq. We have a right to make students aware of the immense suffering the U.S. occupation is causing the Iraqi people. Please help us put pressure on the University to DROP ALL CHARGES NOW!


In solidarity,


For more information, contact
Jenae Stainer, 661.477.4333,
Chapin Gray, 251.605.7780,

To show support for the four arrested, you can call the University President, Dr. Robert Witt, at (205) 348-5320 and demand that all charges be dropped. You can also contact Tim Hebson, Dean of Students and Director of Judicial Affairs or Todd Borst, Assistant Director of Judicial Affairs You can also sign our online petition-

If you would like to donate money directly to the SDS-Tuscaloosa account to help cover court costs, click here:

Also, Jason Hurd from IVAW will be speaking in Tuscaloosa on March 26th, his scheduled court date. Time/locaton: TBA.


U.S. Out of the Philippines! Free Jose Maria Sison Now!

August 30, 2007

Chanting “U.S. Out of the Philippines! Free Sison Now!” members of UNC-Asheville SDS protested today in downtown Asheville, North Carolina. The protest was held in conjunction with simultaneous protests in New York and on the West Coast. SDSers were demanding the immediate release of Jose Maria Sison, an important Filipino activist arrested on August 28th in the Netherlands. UNCA SDS condemns the arrest of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) political consultant. Sison’s arrest will be a major set back to the peace process in the Philippines, as Professor Sison has long played an important role in in the negotiations between the Philippine Government and the NDFP.

Free Sison!


UNCA SDS Unity Statement

April 26, 2007

The following is a collectively written unity statement for the UNC-Asheville chapter of SDS.

UNCA Students for a Democratic Society – Unity Statement

We as UNCA SDS are a group that is dedicated to the fight against
imperialism. We are for positive social, political, and economic
change. We are actively involved in fighting for this change through


March 20th Actions Against the War

April 1, 2007

Below are reports from Southern SDS chapters that held actions for the March 20 National Student Day of Action Against the War. More reports coming soon!

Asheville, NC. March 20th, 2006 was a great day of student action in Asheville. UNC-Asheville SDS had a walk-out of classes and a rally on campus with students and faculty speaking out against the war. More than 30 students then marched downtown and met up with 22 students from Asheville High School who risked up to 3 days of suspension in order to walk out of their classes against the war and ongoing occupation of Iraq. We rallied downtown, chanting “US OUT OF IRAQ” and “Stop the war? Yes we can! SDS is back again!” After the rally, students from Asheville High talked with SDS organizers from UNCA about starting up an SDS chapter at their high school!

Kati Ketz, UNCA SDS

Media reports: Asheville Global Report, Asheville Daily Planet [1] [2], Citizen-Times [1] [2]