For Immediate Release
October — 2009
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UNC-Asheville Students for a Democratic Society
Asheville – October 7th, 2009 will mark eight years of U.S. military occupation in Afghanistan. Originally initiated by the administration of George W. Bush, this brutal war is based on lies. While having virtually nothing to do with fighting terrorism, it is instead a ploy for the long-term control of strategic resources in Central Asia for the benefit of the U.S. ruling class and its allies.
“This war has brought nothing but misery for the Afghan people,” says UNCA SDS member Sarah Buchner. “It is a failed and hated occupation that should not be escalated but should end, like every other U.S. military occupation.”
Organizers are calling for the billions that are wasted on empire-building abroad to be used for providing jobs, health care, and education at home instead. “With the current economic depression and the university budget in crisis, we demand that the billions of dollars currently being spent on ongoing war and occupation be brought home,” says UNCA SDS member Katie Sue Campbell.
At the 2009 National Convention of the Students for a Democratic Society, a resolution to mark the 8th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan was passed unanimously. On October 7th, SDS chapters around the country will be organizing protests, actions and educational activities to raise awareness on campuses about the continuing war in Afghanistan. Students for a Democratic Society is urging students and youth across the country to participate in whatever way they can.
To raise awareness about the ongoing occupation both on campus and in the larger Asheville community, the UNC Asheville chapter of Students for a Democratic Society will hold a speak-out against the war on the quad at 11:30am on October 7th. Members of the campus and larger community are invited to assemble, voice their opinions, and sign anti-war petitions. This event is designed to resist widespread apathy towards U.S. military aggression abroad and to offer the community options for activism at home.