Solidarity Statement from Students for a Democratic Society at the University of Minnesota
Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), a progressive student activist organization at the University of Minnesota, stands in solidarity with the students sitting-in at the University of Georgia campus for immigrant rights.
Undocumented students from across the state gathered in Athens, GA, on April 28th to demand the Board of Regents decision to ban undocumented students from Georgia’s top colleges and universities be overturned. UMN SDS stands with Freedom University, the organization that coordinated the protest and has consistently resisted the Board of Regents ban since 2011. On the 28th, students rallied at the UGA arch, at the edge of campus, marched to the administration building, and sat-in at the entrance to the building. UMN SDS supports these students and demands that University of Georgia president, Jere Morehead, and the Georgia Board of Regents make immediate steps to rescind the ban on undocumented students. We believe that public universities need to serve the public and be accessible to all residents, documented or not, from Georgia to Minnesota.
This year SDS chapters in Florida have organized to push for tuition equity for undocumented students, which targets tuition as a major economic barrier to higher education access for immigrant communities. In Georgia, legal barriers to higher education access are still in place, echoing the U.S. South’s historic regime of Jim Crow segregation and White Supremacy which was the law of the land just a few decades ago. These exclusionary laws and B.O.R. dictates need to end! UMN SDS gives our full support for struggles in the South, in both Florida and Georgia, to overturn all barriers to undocumented students’access to higher education.
Lift the Ban on Undocumented Students!