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

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!

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September 28 Youth Day of Action in D.C.

August 15, 2007

Greetings,

As you are probably already aware, September is shaping up to be an important month in terms of the anti-war movement in this country. There are a number of different national and local actions taking place during September with the goal of uniting those who are struggling against this war everyday and who refuse to allow occupation to continue unfettered. From September 22 to 29, activists working on a number of different struggles from around the country will be coming together in Washington, D.C. to raise the stakes in the anti-war movement during a week of direct actions against the war. While it is unfeasible for most students to be in D.C. for this entire period of time, we want to make Friday, September 28, a day for autonomous, student- and youth-led direct actions to originate from this space.

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Points on Regional Structure

June 13, 2007

The following points towards forming a regional structure were adopted unanimously at the 2nd Southeast SDS Regional convention.

1. a network
2. “revolving contact people” whose terms would be left up to
individual chapters
3. solidarity between autonomous chapters
4. a committee of delegates
5. delegates would only serve as mouthpieces for their autonomous chapters
6. recallability of delegates by their own chapters and also the
committee, who could suggest replacement to the individual chapter for
their discussion and ultimate decision

Points 7-12 were not decided upon at the convention; discussion will continue on the Southern SDS listserv and on a soon-to-be-established web forum.

7. when consensus is reached within the committee, the statement can
hold the southeast name. when consensus is not reached, individual
chapters can sign on to statements
8. there should be restrictions on decision making
9. individual chapters have the right to publicly dissent
10. transparency clause
11. entire group signs on to proposals for the committee to discuss
12. statements should be decided by consensus, but decisions made for
actions could be voted upon.

2nd Southeast SDS Regional Convention

May 13, 2007

Hey ya’ll, this is a packet containing meeting notes, draft proposals for structure, workshops, resolutions, and process for the 2nd southeast regional convention, to be held in Asheville NC from June 1-3. Please take a look at it and if you want to submit proposals, check out the last page of the bulletin. The next bulletin will be out sometime at the end of next week!

Download here: Bulletin #1

In unity,

Kosta, UNC-CH SDS

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
activism.

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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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Walk-Out against the war draws nearly 300 students at UCF

April 13, 2007

First, sorry we were late on the March 20th walk out, but better later than never. The southern activities on that day inspired us to stage a walk out. Pictures to come soon.

[written by the ucf sds journalistic anti-collective]


Orlando, FL — April 11, 2007.
On April 11th 2007, SDS at UCF along with the Walk Out Now Coalition staged a mass student, faculty and staff walk out against the war in Iraq. A banner encouraging students to walk out of their bomb factory, a.k.a. their university, was dropped from the main entrance parking garage. The banner drop was the first of a new wave of diversity of tactics employed by Orlando students to voice their growing frustrations with the ongoing occupation of our campus and nations abroad by the military industrial complex.

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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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