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(en) US, National Days of Student Action Against the Iraq War*

Date Thu, 31 Jan 2008 12:13:57 +0200

ALL OUT FOR MARCH 20, 2008 ---- This March will mark a grim milestone - the
fifth anniversary of the illegal and immoral invasion of Iraq. Despite the clear
mandate from the American people to end the occupation, the U.S. government
continues to wage war upon the Iraqi people. Bush’s mocking response to
dwindling public support for the war has been the “troop surge,” or simply more
of the same, while simultaneously threatening neighboring countries like Iran.
For their part, the Democrats refuse to commit to a clear anti-war stance, even
as they try to posture as the opposition party. Meanwhile, the threat of
domestic recession looms, racist attacks increase, and millions lack decent
housing, jobs, education, and health-care.

The war will drag on for many more years–draining billions of dollars and
resulting in thousands of more causalities, both American and Iraqi, on top of
the hundreds of thousands already killed, injured, and displaced–unless the
people stand up and fight for change.

Every year, there have been protests marking the anniversary of the U.S.-led
invasion of Iraq that was launched on the basis of lies and deceit. Students
have historically had an especially important role in the struggles against
racism and war, and we continue to do so today. Last March, over 80 high schools
and colleges answered the call by chapters of Students for a Democratic Society
to come together to send one loud resounding NO to the Bush administration and
the Republican agenda, to the Democrats who refuse to carry out the mandate of
their constituents, and to the University administrations that so often support
war efforts.

This March, SDS* is urging all students, as part of the broader community of
people of conscience, to voice our opposition to the war in Iraq. As the
presidential election nears, candidates need to be sent a clear message: we will
not stand for vague time lines and empty promises, we will not tolerate
sanctions, threats, and aggression against Iran, and that we will stand in
solidarity with the Iraqi people who are struggling to liberate their country.

We want as many people as possible to join us in this protest; the larger the
protest the stronger the impact we have, and the sooner we can help end this
war. We are calling on any and all student and youth based organizations that
are opposed to the war in Iraq to mobilize their memberships, their campus,
their community and hit the streets for the week of March 17-21, with March 20
as the focal point.* We are calling on students to take action on their own
campuses, where we have the power to reach the entire student body with our
message and build resistance on our own campuses. We are calling on our fellow
students and youth to take the lead and do whatever it takes–from rallies,
marches, walk-outs, civil disobedience, and direct action–to send a clear
message to the U.S. government: Get out of Iraq Now!



SDS March 20th Working Group

Contact march20sds@gmail.com if you would like to sign on to the call. *This
call is flexible so that each campus/community can organize an action that works
best for them. For instance, if March 20th is an inconvenient date due to Spring
Break, actions can be held in the weeks prior to or after 3/20. We are
encouraging those who are on spring break during this week to mobilize their
chapters to participate in the anti-war actions being held in D.C. on the 19th;
for more information on the actions in DC, email dcsds@riseup.net.
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