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SDS Social

Monday January 28th will be our “kick off the semester” SDS social!

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In addition to all this fun stuff (which includes free pizza from the Asheville Pizza & Brewing Company), we will be discussing counter-recruitment strategies for when the US Marines and the US Navy come to our campus on Feb 5th and 6th. We’ll also continue brainstorming more for March 20th and what sort of actions we want to organize. Hope to see you there!

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UNCA SDS will be showing the movie Why We Fight this Thursday at 8pm in Highsmith Room 104 Room 221 (this has changed due to UNCA double booking the room)!

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Why We Fight describes the rise and maintenance of the United States military-industrial complex and its involvement in the wars led by the United States during the last fifty years, and in particular in the 2003 Invasion of Iraq. The film alleges that in every decade since World War II, the American public has been told a lie to bring it into war to fuel the military-economic machine, which in turn maintains American dominance in the world.

It includes interviews with John McCain, Chalmers Johnson, Richard Perle, William Kristol, Gore Vidal and Joseph Cirincione. The film also incorporates the stories of a Vietnam War veteran whose son died in the September 11, 2001 attacks and then had his son’s name written on a bomb dropped on Iraq; a 23-year old New York man who enlists in the United States Army citing his financial troubles after his only family member died; and a former Vietnamese refugee who now develops explosives for the American military.

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ALL OUT FOR MARCH 20, 2008

This March will mark a grim milestone – the fifth anniversary of the illegal and immoral invasion of Iraq. Despite the clear mandate from the American people to end the occupation, the U.S. government continues to wage war upon the Iraqi people. Bush’s mocking response to dwindling public support for the war has been the “troop surge,” or simply more of the same, while simultaneously threatening neighboring countries like Iran. For their part, the Democrats refuse to commit to a clear anti-war stance, even as they try to posture as the opposition party. Meanwhile, the threat of domestic recession looms, racist attacks increase, and millions lack decent housing, jobs, education, and health-care.

The war will drag on for many more years–draining billions of dollars and resulting in thousands of more causalities, both American and Iraqi, on top of the hundreds of thousands already killed, injured, and displaced–unless the people stand up and fight for change.

Every year, there have been protests marking the anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq that was launched on the basis of lies and deceit. Students have historically had an especially important role in the struggles against racism and war, and we continue to do so today. Last March, over 80 high schools and colleges answered the call by chapters of Students for a Democratic Society to come together to send one loud resounding NO to the Bush administration and the Republican agenda, to the Democrats who refuse to carry out the mandate of their constituents, and to the University administrations that so often support war efforts.

This March, SDS is urging all students, as part of the broader community of people of conscience, to voice our opposition to the war in Iraq. As the presidential election nears, candidates need to be sent a clear message: we will not stand for vague time lines and empty promises, we will not tolerate sanctions, threats, and aggression against Iran, and that we will stand in solidarity with the Iraqi people who are struggling to liberate their country.

We want as many people as possible to join us in this protest; the larger the protest the stronger the impact we have, and the sooner we can help end this war. We are calling on any and all student and youth based organizations that are opposed to the war in Iraq to mobilize their memberships, their campus, their community and hit the streets for the week of March 17-21, with March 20 as the focal point.* We are calling on students to take action on their own campuses, where we have the power to reach the entire student body with our message and build resistance on our own campuses. We are calling on our fellow students and youth to take the lead and do whatever it takes–from rallies, marches, walk-outs, civil disobedience, and direct action–to send a clear message to the U.S. government: Get out of Iraq Now!

U.S. OUT OF THE MIDDLE EAST!

GET ORGANIZED, GET INVOLVED, GET IN THE STREETS!

SDS March 20th Working Group

January 4, 2008

Contact march20sds@gmail.com if you would like to sign on to the call. *This call is flexible so that each campus/community can organize an action that works best for them. For instance, if March 20th is an inconvenient date due to Spring Break, actions can be held in the weeks prior to or after 3/20. We are encouraging those who are on spring break during this week to mobilize their chapters to participate in the anti-war actions being held in D.C. on the 19th; for more information on the actions in DC, email dcsds@riseup.net.

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First Spring 2008 SDS Meeting!!

We will be meeting on the first day of classes – Monday, January 14th! As determined last semester, our new meeting time will be Mondays at 8pm in the Highsmith Union Boardroom (HU 235). We hope to see you there!

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Fall 2007 Summation

We plan to keep this site more updated this coming semester!

body countSDS wanted to share the highlights from the fall semester 2007. Our big action for this semester was the “Iraq Body Count” – a display on our quad of white flags representing the number of US soldiers dead and shoes representing the number of Iraqis who die every day. Also, during this week Kosta Harlan gave a talk on the Iraqi resistance.

On October 17th, we took part in a National Day of Youth Action that was hosted by the Baltimore Algebra Project. We used slogans such as “drop tuition not bombs” and “money for jobs and education, not war and occupation!” It turned out to be a relatively small event, and there were a few technical difficulties (facilities management never gave us our stage and microphone that we had requested, and we couldn’t locate a bullhorn that worked). We had about 30 people participating in a spontaneous speak-out against the war, where we all sat in a circle and listened as everybody took a turn shouting (as loud as possible in lieu of a microphone!) about how the war affected them. We had many people stop and listen, and we passed out about 50 FB!s and a bunch of flyers for upcoming events – so it was overall a very inspiring day.

October 18th we showed the movie WALKOUT! in preperation for Carlos Montes, the co-founder and former Minister of Information for the Brown Berets, a militant organization in the Chicano Rights movement. A few days later he traveled to our campus and spoke about his experiences with organizing throughout the years around Chicano rights, and talked about national oppression and immigrants rights.

soaSDS has a tradition of mobilizing students to go to the SOA watch vigil in Georgia each year. About 20 students traveled to Fort Benning on November 16th. There was a lot of excitement around this action, and many summed it up at the end of the semester as their favorite action thus far!

We had the opportunity to co-sponsor with a few other progressive groups a slam poet – Carlos Andres Gomez. This brought out almost 200 students, and the poet spoke out against the war in Iraq, the situation in New Orleans, and many other issues. Here’s a video on youtube of one of his pieces called “What’s Genocide?

At the end of the semester, we took time to ratify a new constitution for our group and to talk about actions for next semester. Our two main events for next semester will be a week of action around March 20th, and a week of action around al-Nakba including building another mock apartheid wall. We ended the semester on a high note, with people doing work preparing some of these actions over their winter break.

Sarah & Kati

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