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Protest to be held at Asheville Federal Building against the Israeli attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla.

On June 7th, 2010 at 6:00 PM at the Asheville Federal Building, Students for a Democratic Society will be leading a demonstration against the Israeli killings of activists bringing humanitarian aid to Gaza. On May 30th, 2010 the Israeli forces stormed the boat and opened fire, killing at least nine people and injuring many others for this ‘crime’ of bringing basic aid such as food, educational supplies, medicines, and construction material to break the illegal Israeli blockade on Gaza. The death toll is likely to rise as some activists still remain missing.

This was a flagrant violation of international law attacking a humanitarian convoy in international waters. Since the massacre, protests have been held worldwide condemning this attack on the civilian convoy.

Every year the United States directly supports Israeli atrocities with billions of dollars of military and economic aid. We say no to U.S. Aid to Israel!

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Here are links to news coverage of the event, to which we will add as more articles become available:

May 1 protest in Asheville backs legalization for undocumented workers
http://www.fightbacknews.org/2010/5/3/may-1-protest-asheville-backs-legalization-undocumented-workers

Protesta el primero de mayo en Asheville apoya legalización para todos los trabajadores indocumentados
http://www.fightbacknews.org/es/2010/5/3/protesta-el-primero-de-mayo-en-asheville-apoya-legalizaci-n-para-todos-los-trabajadores-ind

Asheville activists use May Day to tout immigration reform
http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20100502/NEWS/305020047

Asheville Immigration Protest
http://www.wlos.com/shared/newsroom/top_stories/videos/wlos_vid_2211.shtml

ALL OUT FOR MAY 1st!!

On Saturday, May 1st at 3:00 PM, UNC Asheville Students for a Democratic Society will hold a rally with other student and local organizations in Pack Square to condemn recent actions taken against immigrant rights and promote legalization and immigration reform. This action is part of a nationally coordinated response, organized by the Network to Fight for Economic Justice (NFEJ), as a plea for justice in immigration reform.

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/event.php?eid=122421691101457

UNCA SDS will be hosting Charla Schlueter, a leader in the stuggle for education rights at University of California, Los Angeles to speak on the occupations and the heroic struggles of students and workers to demand a right to education and to resist cuts and furlough days. Afterwards there will be a discussion about some of the ways groups and activists are fighting for education rights here in Asheville and ways to get involved!
Wednesday, March 24 at 7pm

RSVP on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=354544297167&ref=mf

By Michael Graham | Fight Back! News, December 13, 2009

Asheville, NC – Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) held a demonstration at the Federal Building here, Dec. 4, to protest the escalation of the Afghanistan War and to demand an immediate end to the occupation. This action was one of many nationally-coordinated events responding to the recently unveiled troop escalation. 

Speakers at the rally addressed topics that included the right of Afghanistan to determine its own future without foreign occupation, Hamid Karzai’s family ties to the heroin trade and the need to replace the imperialist system of the United States with a society that serves the needs of working and oppressed people.

Local SDS chair Sarah Buchner said, “We oppose the decision to escalate this failing war. The plan from the White House, to ‘surge’ more than 30,000 additional U.S. and NATO troops to Afghanistan in an attempt to prop up the illegitimate Hamid Karzai puppet government is an injustice, not only to the Afghan people, but to the American people as well. Every dollar spent on bombs and bullets to kill Afghans is money stolen from people here at home. We are in the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, and trillions of dollars are being spent on this war while that money could instead be spent here on people’s needs.”

SDS member Pete McKelvey explained why thought it was important for students to stand in opposition to the imperialist war against the Afghan people, “What this escalation makes even more obvious is that the U.S. war in Afghanistan is more than a war, it’s an occupation. It’s increasingly important for students to take a stand because it was the youth vote that came out in strong favor of Obama. Clearly, the youth voice has earned the ear of the president. As the policies of the president drift further from his promises, students of this country are in an ideal position to use that voice and tell the president what needs to change.”

According to the call to action released by the national SDS antiwar working group, “We categorically reject U.S. wars, occupations and bombings of the people of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq. The Afghan people have a right to self-determination, to control their own resources and take care of their own affairs. It is not the place of the U.S. to bomb Afghanistan into submission and control its destiny. The only way for Afghanistan to be free is for the bombings to halt and for all U.S. and NATO troops to leave the country immediately. We support the people of Afghanistan in their struggle for liberation and freedom from foreign occupation and domination.”

SDS member Josh Sykes said, “No amount of troops will be enough to stop the Afghan resistance to U.S. imperialism. The Afghan people, throughout their history, have made it clear that they will not allow foreign troops to ride roughshod over their homeland. They want what everyone wants: self-determination. They will fight until have they have national independence, and nothing less. The sooner the U.S.-NATO forces leave, the better.”

UNC-Asheville Students for a Democratic Society

http://www.unca.edu/sds | uncasds@gmail.com

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 3, 2009 

CONTACT: Katie Sue Cambell – (814) 482-0775, Jeremy Miller – (336) 710-0078

Emergency Demonstration to Protest Escalation of Afghanistan War

On Friday, December 4that 5:30 PM, UNC-Asheville Students for a Democratic Society will hold an emergency demonstration with other students and members of the Asheville community in front of the Federal Building to protest the escalation of the Afghanistan War and to demand an immediate end to the war and occupation. This action is part of a nationally coordinated response to the escalation by Students for a Democratic Society.

Local SDS chair Sarah Buchner said, “We oppose the decision to escalate this failing war. The plan from the White House, to ‘surge’ more than 30,000 additional U.S. and NATO troops to Afghanistan in an attempt to prop up the illegitamate Hamid Karzai puppet government is an injustice, not only to the Afghan people, but to the American people as well. Every dollar spent on bombs and bullets to kill Afghans is money stolen from people here at home. We are in the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, and trillions of dollars are being spent on this war while that money could instead be spent here on people’s needs.”

According to the call to action released by the national SDS antiwar working group, “We categorically reject U.S. wars, occupations, and bombings of the people of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq. The Afghan people have a right to self-determination, to control their own resources, and take care of their own affairs. It is not the place of the U.S. to bomb Afghanistan into submission and control its destiny. The only way for Afghanistan to be free is for the bombings to halt, and for all U.S. and NATO troops to leave the country immediately. We support the people of Afghanistan in their struggle for liberation and freedom from foreign occupation and domination.”

SDS member Josh Sykes said, “No amount of troops will be enough to stop the Afghan resistance to U.S. imperialism. The Afghan people, throughout their history, have made it clear that they will not allow foreign troops to ride rough-shod over their homeland. They want what everyone wants: self-determination. They will fight until have they have national independence, and nothing less. The sooner the U.S.-NATO forces leave, the better.”

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