Students for a Democratic Society, in coalition with the Resist from Day One Coalition MN will be organizing a campus walkout. Walkout/meetup @ Humphrey School on the West Bank at 1pm. We will have a short rally and then march to converge with Augsburg Student Groups @ 19th & Riverside at 1:45 – then marching to Franklin & Chicago to meet up with the BLACK SNAKE RESISTANCE MARCH. From there, we will all march to attend the larger Resist From Day One! Mega-March and Rally and then converge on city hall at 5pm.
UMN Student Walkout Endorsed and Organized by:
Students for a Democratic Society at UMN
Feminist Student Activist Collective
Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP UMN)
La Raza Student Cultural Center
Minnesota Socialist Students
UMN Medical Students for Choice
U-MIRAC (UMN MN Immigrant Rights Action Committee)
Whose Diversity? – Minnesota
Queer Devil Worshippers for a Better Future @ UMN Morris
15 for Student Workers
Feminists in Action – Students Together Against Rape and Sexual Assault (FIA-STARSA) at Macalester
Al-Madinah Cultural Center
Augsburg Student Orgs:
Augsburg Day Student Government
Brotherhood of Successful Scholars – BOSS
Black Feminist in Media
Students for Racial Justice Ausburg College – SRJ
Hmong Women Together
International Student Organization
Muslim Student Association (Augsburg)
Pan-Afrikan Student Union
Queer Indigenous + People of Color
Augsburg Asian Student Association – AASA
AISA – Augsburg Indigenous Student Association
Augsburg Latin American Students – ALAS
Augsburg’s SMART – Sexual Misconduct Awareness-Raising Team
Augsburg College Queer Pride Alliance
We as students of the University of Minnesota have been dealing with a Trumpster administration for years. While we know that our university’s president, Eric Kaler, is capable of doing the right thing under certain conditions, like firing rape-apologist & Gopher football head coach, Tracy Claeys, we also know that the past few years have been riddled with scandals on Kaler’s watch. And we also know that there is no progress without a demand!
(see full SDS statement on our support of Kaler firing Tracy Claeys here:https://umnsds.wordpress.com/2016/12/21/sds-statement-on-the-minnesota-gophers-football-boycott-and-sexual-assault/)
Under Eric Kaler, we’ve seen known sexual assaulters hired and eventually paid off, we’ve seen racist and xenophobic attacks on campus declaring a need to “build the wall,” calling Muslims “ISIS” and Palestinians terrorists, which all came with the president’s seal of approval of free speech, and, as a contradiction, seen progressive activists arrested and aggressively charged and fined for speaking up. Under President Kaler, we’ve seen intrusions into the student government’s decisions on whether to divest from Israeli Apartheid, investing university money to union bust against faculty and student worker unionization efforts, the valuing of research profits well above the cost of human lives, and allowing the mental health of students to go almost entirely unsupported amidst constant backlash and tragedy. We’ve seen the pockets of overpaid and unneeded administrators growing increasingly thick with the skyrocketing tuition of working class students and students of color who have to bust ass everyday just to be at our university in the first place.
Much like President Kaler, a Trump presidency is the continuation of an anti-people force that has been growing and festering in this country for centuries, and we won’t let it succeed. We’re going to hit these streets and show them what we think of their racism, their xenophobia, their sexism, transphobia, homophobia. We’re going to dare to struggle, and dare to win.
On January 20th, Students for a Democratic Society will send a message to Presidents Kaler and Trump of what we think of them with a student walkout, meeting at the Humphrey school at 1:00pm to demand our university be declared a sanctuary campus, to demand our administration accept radical pay cuts and freeze and lower tuition, to demand our campus reflect the diverse community it’s situated amongst, and that President Kaler step down as president of our university. Marching , we’ll join MIRAC and show President-elect, racist Trump what we think of his administration too.
If you Dare to Struggle, you Dare to Win!