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(en) US, SDS*PRESS RELEASE, TO MARCH TO UNITED NATIONS, DEMANDING STUDENTS' VOICES BE HEARD

Date Sat, 16 Sep 2006 09:43:25 +0300


NEW YORK, NY - Organizers from Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) are
planning to march to the United Nations on Tuesday, September 19, 2006 - to
protest the presence of George W. Bush in New York City. Bush, whom the SDSers
regard as a war criminal, will be in New York to "try to sell the world
community a bill of goods - a handful of irrational, unbelievable, excuses for
acts of barbarism in Iraq and elsewhere - committed in the name of the people
of the United States", said Lauren Giaccone of Pace (University) SDS. John
Cronan, also from Pace SDS, said: "we are also sending a message to the
anti-war movement - it is time that the students' voice be heard as we are the
group that is most directly affected by Bush's murderous policies".

The protest march was originally called by United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ)
one of the two large anti-war coalitions that have been responsible for a
number of mass mobilizations. SDSers were impressed when UFPJ stated that they
would march irrespective of the New York Police Department's refusal to grant a
permit for any march to the UN. (The NYPD later caved into pressure and granted
a permit.) "We are encouraged by this - and regard it as a sign of growing
militancy on the part of UFPJ", said Brian Kelly of SDS. "But there are issues
with UFPJ that are yet to be resolved," he added. These issues include the
demand that SDS activists be allowed to speak at the UFPJ rally and that SDS be
the lead contingent in the march itself. "Students have been denied a voice in
the peace movement for far too long," Kelly noted. "We are the segment of
society that is directly affected by Bush's war profiteering - we are the draft
age victims of US foreign policy. Money that should be spent on education is
instead lining the pockets of a small number of corporate war criminals," he
added.

The demands to be included in the march in a meaningful way will be conveyed to
United for Peace and Justice by Pat Korte, one of the founders of new SDS and a
member of the SDS chapter at the New School. "While we don't know what to
expect from UFPJ we remain hopeful that they will recognize that a peace
coalition that doesn't include youth and students cannot be called 'united',"
said Korte. "We are glad they opted to march despite police interference with
the democratic process as it is definitely time to step it up a notch - but we
also want them to remember that their organization is called United for Peace -
and Justice. And that justice includes giving youth and students a voice", he
added.

"I think it's terrific that the students are demanding to be heard," said
Thomas Good of Movement for a Democratic Society (MDS), the non-student arm of
SDS. "We post-grads and workers support them fully. It is the 18 year old who
pays the price for Bush's military adventurism, after all". Good reports that
MDS New York will march with the student contingent on the 19th.

Students and supporters have announced plans to meet up at the New York City
Public Library at 8:30 AM on Tuesday, September 19th - and from there to march
to the United Nations. SDS New York is asking all youth and students in the
metro area to be a part of the SDS contingent. "We are all in this together",
said organizer Giaccone.

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.

For More Information: Contact SDS via email:
press@studentsforademocraticsociety.org
info@studentsforademocraticsociety.org
Or visit us on the web:
www.newsds.org

STUDENTS FOR A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY NYC PO Box 40921 New York, NY 10301
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