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Free the Jena 6!

September 26, 2007

Students rally at a demonstration called by the Black Student Movement at UNC-Chapel Hill

We, the members of the UNC Chapel Hill Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) stand in solidarity with the Jena 6, the group of six Black students unfairly charged with the attempted murder of a white classmate in Jena, Louisiana a town of 3,000 white and 350 Black residents. The school yard scuffle which ended in the six’s arrests was preempted by racist and criminal provocation after provocation by white students. It all began when a Black student sat under a “white” tree at Jena high school. The next day, nooses were hung in the tree to show that that racist history of the South will be kept alive through tradition and the use of force. Robert Bailey, one of the Black youth that was arrested was invited to an all-white party, beaten and “sent back to his side of town” by the police. Matt Windham, one of white males who attacked Robert Bailey threatened Bailey with a sawed-off shot gun and was never arrested. With every escalation in violence the school superintendent, police, D.A., and the all-white jury that convicted Mychal Bell of attempted murder sent Jena and the rest of the U.S. the same clear message: white youth are above the law and Black youth will be locked up and thrown away. The Jena 6 case has become a worldwide symbol for the continuing fight against the racist U.S. criminal injustice system. The pressure is mounting. Last week, the judge threw out Bell’s conviction because he was erroneously tried as an adult but there are 5 more youth awaiting trial. We demand that all charges be dropped against the Jena Six and we continue to stand in solidarity with their struggle.

Strength through Solidarity,

UNC Chapel Hill SDS

To learn more visit freethejena6.org

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Cut the War Funding Now – Protest the Trial of the David Price Six!

April 25, 2007

UNC-Chapel Hill SDS is calling on supporters to picket the trial of the David Price Six and pack the court in support of their act civil disobedience against the Iraq war. Statements in solidarity are appreciated and can be sent to unc.sds at gmail.com.

Dear friends and allies,

On Friday, February 16, six students were arrested in the Chapel Hill office of Rep. David Price demanding that he vote against more war funding to continue the criminal war on Iraq. On Monday, March 26, the six entered a plea of ‘not guilty’ in the Orange county courthouse.

On Monday, May 7th at 2 PM, the David Price Six go to trial for their efforts to publicly condemn the Iraq Occupation and Representative Price’s complicity in the ongoing violence.

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U.S. Hands Off Iran!

April 10, 2007

The following is a statement drafted by UNC-Chapel Hill SDS opposing U.S. aggression against Iran. The chapter is calling on students at UNC-Chapel Hill to gather for a protest and march at 12 noon on the day following a U.S. attack against Iran.

U.S. HANDS OFF IRAN!

In 2002, Bush named Iraq , Iran and North Korea as the ‘axis of evil’. Since then, U.S. forces have invaded and occupied Iraq and Afghanistan. The war drums continue to beat against Iran and Syria , and an attack against Iran is now seen as inevitable.

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Creating a World Without Sexual Violence: National Day of Truthtelling

April 10, 2007

UNC-Chapel Hill SDS has endorsed the National Day of Truthtelling and will attend. We urge other SDS chapters in North Carolina to mobilize to Durham on this date.

Creating a World without Sexual Violence: National Day of Truthtelling
Durham, NC
April 28, 2007

We want to create a world free from sexual violence and all forms of oppression. This world will be full of the safety, possibility, dignity, justice, and peace that all people deserve.

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Solidarity with the Greensboro 9

March 13, 2007

The following is a statement from UNC-Chapel Hill SDS in solidarity with the nine activists arrested at an antiwar protest in Greensboro, opposing Bush’s “surge”.

Chapel Hill, NC – March 13, 2007. UNC-Chapel Hill Students for a Democratic Society stands in complete solidarity with the nine activists attacked by police on January 11, 2007, and currently standing trial for their acts of resistance. The charges against the Greensboro 9 are unjust and represent further attempts by the state to stifle and suppress a growing popular movement against the criminal war on Iraq.

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