Archive for September, 2010

For Immediate Release: September 27, 2010

UNC-Asheville SDS Calls for Action to Demonstrate Solidarity Against FBI Raids

On the morning of Friday, September 24 2010 the FBI raided 7 homes and an office of anti-war activists in the Minneapolis and Chicago. Accompanying the raids were subpoenas for 11 individuals from Minnesota, Illinois, and Michigan ordering them to appear before a grand jury. The raids were aimed at collecting evidence to support the grand jury investigation …of possible material support of terrorism charges.

Sarah Buchner of UNCA Students for a Democratic Society,in reference to the FBI raids, said “These raids are a clear fishing expedition aimed at intimidating those who organize against oppression and occupation. There were no crimes committed by those whose homes were raided. The actions of the FBI were politically motivated and were an attack on the political views of those who organize. We, UNCA sds, stand in solidarity with those who’s rights have been blatantly violated in these raids. We must fight back against government intimidation of those who organize for a better world.”

UNCA sds will hold a rally in front of the federal building, 151 Patton Avenue, on Tuesday, September 28 at 1:00 P.M. to denounce the FBI raids and stand in solidarity with those whose homes were raided. Please join us and show solidarity with those whose rights have been violated.

We will not be intimidated, we will not stand down, and we will not be silenced!

For information contact:
Josh Sykes (828) 231-9432
Katie Sue Campbell (814) 482-0775

For more info:

RSVP to the Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=153879271310266


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Solidarity Rally!

Emergency Rally to Stop Anti-Muslim Bigotry, Racism and War to be held September 11th

Students for a Democratic Society at the University of North Carolina – Asheville will hold a rally downtown along with peace, social justice and other activists from the Asheville community on Saturday, September 11, the anniversary of the 2001 attacks in New York and Washington D.C., to speak out against a wave of anti-Muslim bigotry that has spread across the U.S. in recent weeks. The event will also call for an end to U.S. wars and occupations being carried out in the name of ‘fighting terrorism.’ This rally will coincide with others like it being held in cities across the country.

The rally will be held Sept. 11 at 1:00 p.m. at Pack Square in downtown Asheville.

On Sept. 11, right-wing groups plan to demonstrate at the World Trade Center site to whip up hysteria against a proposal to build an Islamic community center several blocks from the WTC site. On that same day, Christian fundamentalists plan a “Burn the Quran” day in Florida.

Jeremy Miller, an organizer with Students for a Democratic Society, said, “September 11, 2001 was a tragedy. It was tragedy for those who lost their lives on that day, and has been an ongoing tragedy for the victims of the ‘war of terror’ that has been waged on the people of the world since then.”

“We demand an end to the wars and occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan now and that all the troops be brought home,” Miller continued. “We must not allow what happened on that day to be used as a justification for these ongoing wars for empire or for anti-Muslim bigotry and anti-Arab racism. We will join our sisters and brothers in Gainseville Florida, New York, and in many other cities around the country to stand up and fight back!”

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Tuesday, in the Highsmith Union Grotto we’re screening Rethink Afghanistan! Join us at 8pm for a movie & discussion!

Also, we’re having our first meeting of the semester on Wednesday in the boardroom (HU 235) @ 8pm! We’ve got a really exciting semester planned so far including a trip to D.C. in October as well as our trip to Ft.Benning GA in November to protest the SOA.

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