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(en) US, PRESS RELEASE: SDS CALLS ON STUDENTS TO JOIN NYC ANTI-WAR PROTEST ON MARCH 19

Date Thu, 16 Mar 2006 17:34:34 +0200


STUDENTS FOR A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY (SDS) HAS ISSUED A CALL FOR
YOUTH AND STUDENTS TO JOIN THE NYC ANTI-WAR MARCH PROTESTING
THE THIRD ANNIVERSARY OF THE US INVASION AND OCCUPATION OF IRAQ
New York, NY. The New York City Chapters of Students for
a Democratic Society (SDS) have endorsed the War Resisters
League call for a solemn procession to commemorate the loss of
life in the Iraq War. The procession will be held on Sunday,
March 19th - the third anniversary of the US invasion and
occupation. SDS' New York City chapters are asking their
members and friends to assemble at 1 PM at 59th Street and
Fifth Avenue (SW corner, near the fountain), Manhattan.
Participants will step off at approximately 1:30 PM, proceeding
to the recruiting center at Times Square and on down to the
Theatre District.

"As far as I am aware, this is the first SDS anti-war march
in New York City since 1969", said Thomas Good, one of four
SDS activists who called for the formation of a national
organization this past Martin Luther King Day. "Therefore we
are very pleased to announce to the press when they ask us: 'where
are the youth?' - they are right here. And I am very proud to be
marching alongside the student activists - as a member of Movement
for a Democratic Society, the post-grad arm of SDS", he added.

"Today we are experiencing endless war, which tears through the
Middle East ruining families and tradition. At the heart of this
imperialism is our silence...who would we be if we did not fight
back?" asked Chloe Watlington, a student and member of New School
SDS.

Marching with the student activists will be members of the Industrial
Workers of the World. Many members of SDS are also "Wobblies".
The Starbucks Workers Union (part of the IWW) is composed mainly of young
people, many of whom are students working their way through college. "A
student and worker alliance that struggles to end this barbaric war is
something that is long overdue", said Daniel Gross an IWW
organizer and law student. "US and Iraqi workers are being
senselessly slaughtered. Working people in this country need to
come together and stop the war machine", he added.

Students from several SDS chapters will be marching: Columbia,
New School, Pratt Institute and Pace SDS are all taking part.
SDSers from Connecticut and New Jersey chapters will also be
a part of the event. 18 year old SDS activist Pat Korte of
the Stonington, Connecticut High School chapter said:
"The anti-war movement needs to step it up if they want to put an end
to America's bloodletting in the Middle East, and it's up to the
students to up the ante. We need to bring the war machine to its
knees. It's time for a unified student and non-student coalition
to put pressure on the real terrorists - the ones in the White
House. The "War on Terror" is not only affecting the people of
the Middle East and the soldiers being sent there, it is directly
affecting students in almost every aspect of their life - their
economic situation, eduction, freedom, and privacy."

Participants are being asked to maintain a solemn silence and
nonviolent disposition throughout the march.

Among the are organizers of the event are members of the War
Resisters League, Students for a Democratic Society, the Industrial
Workers of the World and several other anti-war and labor
organizations. The march has been endorsed by the New York Metro
Alliance of Anarchists (NYMAA), The Riverside Church Global Justice
& Peace Ministries, St. Mary's Manhattanville Church, the Socialist Party
of New York City and Upfront News.

SDS is an education and social action organization dedicated to increasing
democracy in all phases of our common life. It seeks to promote the active
participation of young people in the formation of a movement to build a society
free from poverty, ignorance, war, exploitation, racism and sexism.


--

Thomas Good, Organizer
SDS New York City
NYC War Resisters League
IWW x358303 / IU 560

www.studentsforademocraticsociety.org

Students for a Democratic Society (SDS)
Post Office Box 7213
Ann Arbor, MI 48107
press@studentsforademocraticsociety.org
www.studentsforademocraticsociety.org

Contact: Pat Korte 860.912.3524
Chloe Watlington 619.933.3814
Thomas Good 347.524.5631

March 15, 2006
For Immediate Release

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