Archive for July, 2009

Robert Gates announced a surge of 22,000 troops to Afghanistan over the next 3 years. This number is on top of the 65,000 permanent troops already implemented.
Read more at http://www.albawaba.com/en/news/250406

On October 7th, SDS chapters throughout the nation will stand against the occupation of Afghanistan.
Watch for updates.


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UMN SDS was able to raise enough funds to send two members, Stephanie Taylor and Grace Kelley down to the National Convention in Murfreesboro. Thank you so much for your contributions and endless support  for SDS, we could not have participated at a national level without you! A special thanks goes out to our friends at the Women’s Student Activist Collective for their contribution and friendship to SDS.

This convention brought about some change at a structural level, but most significantly we were able to receive consensus on a national campaign against the 8 year occupation of Afghanistan. Moreover, a statement was approved in solidarity with the workers of Quad City Die Casting in Moline, IL. To read the solidarity statement and learn more about the Moline workers visit our website: www.umnsds.wordpress.com

 On Thursday, July 23, SDS and WSAC will be co-hosting a workshop: Direct Action Tactics: Civil Disobedience. This workshop will be held in the WSAC room, located in room 202 of Coffman Memorial Union from 5:00 to 6:30 pm. Stephanie Taylor and Grace Kelley facilitated this workshop at the convention and many SDSers found it to be an informative workshop on how to organize and do civil disobedience actions, from tactics to legalities.

 We hope to see you all there as we gear up for economic fight backs in this upcoming school year and the G20 summit happening in Pittsburgh!

Continue reading for anti-war events that are happening in our communities!

The Anti War Committee is very excited to be sending two members to Palestine this summer.  The AWC has two events in the next two weeks to fundraise for their trip.  We hope you’ll come to their chili feed and their ice cream social.  If you can’t and you’d still like to make a donation to the trip please send it to the Anti-War Committee at 1313 5th St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414 and write Palestine donation in the memo. 

Dine with the RNC 8
Tuesday, July 14th from 6-7:30PM @ Walker Church, 3104 16th Ave S. Minneapolis
Come on down and fill your belly at Walker Church.  Bring a friend and a container to take some food home.  The dinner is free.  FFI: http://rnc8.org
Chili Feed – Feed Yourself and Fund the 2009 Palestine

Thursday, July 16th @ 6:30pm @ Walker Church basement @ 3104 16th Ave S., Minneapolis
Come eat some yummy chili and support the Anti-War Committee members going to Palestine in August.  They will be meeting Palestinian activists who can report on the conditions on the ground which will deepen our ability to do solidarity.  Donations requested.  Organized by the Anti-War Committee.


Banner Painting
Saturday, July 18th @ noon @ the Anti-War Committee office @ 1313 5th St. SE, Mpls, Rm 112c
Come help paint a banner for our action on July 23rd.  Everyone is welcome!  Organized by the Anti-War Committee.

Protest bannering: Hands off Afghanistan!  
Thursday, July 23 @ 5:30pm @ “Mayday Plaza,” 301 Cedar Ave S, Mpls.   
If we want to get U.S. troops out of Afghanistan, we have to bring our voices into the streets and demand it. Join us.  Organized by the Anti-War Committee.

Send Off Party
Sunday, July 26th @ 1pm @ Bracket Park in the Seward neighborhood, 2729 39th Ave S, Mpls
Say good luck and good bye to the 2009 Palestine delegation.  Everyone is welcome to our send off party which includes an ice cream social!  Organized by the Anti-War Committee.

 Afghanistan & Pakistan: War Without Borders – Eyewitness Report from Kathy Kelly
Thursday, July 30 @ 7 pm @ St. Joan of Arc Church, 4537 3rd Ave. South,  Mpls
Kathy Kelly is a long time peace activist, and three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee. She recently participated in a delegation to Pakistan whose purpose was to learn about the political and social conditions in that country and to see the effects of the expanding U.S. war. In Pakistan she met with a broad range of organizations and individuals to learn what is really happening in their country.

The U.S. war in Afghanistan is expanding into Pakistan. In an almost-colonial reference, the war is sometimes referred to as the “Af-Pak” war.

• What is really happening today in Pakistan?
• How does Pakistan relate to the growing U.S. military presence in Afghanistan?
• What are the effects on the Pakistani people of the expanding war?

Come to the July 30 public meeting with Kathy Kelly, coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence to hear an eyewitness account of conditions in Pakistan today. Sponsored by: Twin Cities Peace Campaign-Focus on Iraq; St. Joan of Arc Peacemakers; Iraq Peace Action Coalition; Women Against Military Madness FFI: 612 522-1861 or 612 827-5364, Endorsed by the Anti-War Committee.

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The following is a statement passed by SDS at the 2009 National Convention in Murfreesboro, TN. To learn more about the Moline workers’ struggle, visit here or here. 

The students and youth of SDS stand in solidarity with the union workers of UE Local 1174 in their fight to keep Quad City Die Casting open. We condemn the Wells Fargo bank for refusing to finance the factory of Moline, Illinois. This outrage comes after Wells Fargo received $25 billion dollars of taxpayer’s money in a bailout earlier this year. Wells Fargo is sitting on the money. So now a locally owned factory employing over a hundred workers is being forced to shut their doors. However, the union workers are fighting to save their jobs!

SDS is joining with the demand f the UE workers that wells fargo finanace the company so they keep thier jobs. Like the Republic Window and Door workers in Chicago this past December, it is unacceptable that a huge bank receives billions in bailout funds yet hangs the workers out to dry. Wells Fargo received $25 billion dollars from the recent bailout. 

We are calling on all students and youth to hold protests at their local Wells Fargo banks and to express solidarity with the workers in Moline. Support the Quad City workers and their jobs! Pressure Wells Fargo to extend a line of credit to the Quad City Die Casting factory. 

Further, we are asking students to go to the factory in Moline, Illinois and stand with the workers while they are fighting for their jobs. 

Make the Rich pay! Keep Quad City Die Casting open!

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