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(en) US, SDS* National Constitutional Convention Final Bulletin - Local Organizers Come First + Principles of Unity

Date Mon, 05 Nov 2007 09:04:50 +0200

All SDS chapters will respect and look to local organizations or organizers for guidance when participating in or preparing for actions: ---- All SDS chapters organizing actions within a given location will look to local community organizations throughout the process of organizing, and will discuss the involvement of the community and discuss the potential impact of the action in the community. ---- All SDS chapters that plan actions which fall into the vicinity of a local SDS chapter will, in the spirit of solidarity and respect, meet with that local chapter well beforehand to negotiate matters of tactics, march routes, and other logistics. SDS chapters look to local chapters for guidance and leadership as well as knowledge of local geography, ordinances, targets and community issues. Every participating chapter has influence in the organization of an event. Local chapters carry a weighted influence.

Should there be no SDS chapter with-
in the area of the action being
planned, or should the chapter feel
as if it is not connected enough with
the community to make decisions in
that community, the plans will be
delayed until research into local
organizations with whom to work has
been done.

*Though the framing of this proposal
is DC-centric, the proposal itself is a
solution to a more general problem.
Therefore, there was significant
support and indeed rewriting of the
proposal that came out of other
chapters of SDS as well.


As a federal colony, we in DC are fed up
with being kicked around by all ends of the
political spectrum. On January 27th, our
march against the capital was largely suc-
cessful. March 17th showed us that without
explicit planning for action, this success is a
toss of the dice; the action on the 17th was
disempowering for everyone involved. And
worse yet, we in DC were left with the con-
sequences of that action. On June 10th,
DC SDS led a feeder march for the libera-
tion of Palestine, which was violently dis-
rupted by the police, who threatened us
specifically as SDS. We don't want to play
the blame game for March 17th. We're just
tired of marches that lack strategy, goals,
and vision that leave us with the conse-
quences. We're more than willing to take on
the police when they attack us for organiz-
ing effectively. We are tired of them attack-
ing us for other people organizing ineffec-
tively. And because of this, something
needs to change.
DC SDS does not pretend to represent
Washington DC as a whole. We operate in
good faith, however, with the rest of the
country, and would hope that they would
operate in good faith with us. We work with
other local organizations on a regular basis
on issues as diverse as gentrification and
counter-recruitment. Everyone in DC
knows this problem of tourist politics exists.
The current abusive relationship is not
We have resources to offer. We want to
help make demonstrations in Washington
DC the best that they can possibly be. We
do not want to decide everything that hap-
pens within DC, but we would like to be
considered in the planning process.

Principles of Unity

1. We demand a participatory
democratic society.
2. We demand the end to restrictions
on free expression.
3. We demand the basic needs of all
people be met.
4. We demand an immediate end to
all forms of oppression and
5. We demand an environmentally
sustainable society.
6. We demand a proper education.
7. We demand a non-hierarchical
8. We demand transparency and
involvement in community interac-
tions with businesses and other
9. We demand the end to all wars of
aggression, imperialism and the
socio-economic and political
structures that support and profit
from them.

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