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Storm president's office to demand tuition equity

On Feb. 28 2014, 35 courageous students gathered at the Florida State University (FSU) Integration Statues. At the very statue that symbolized the supposed diversity that Florida State claims, Tallahassee Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and a broad array of organizations - including Advocates for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Dream Defenders and the Center for Participant Education - demanded tuition equity. This policy that would ensure undocumented students could afford the human right of obtaining an education and be granted in-state tuition like the rest of the Florida population.

At the start of the rally, student leaders gave several impassioned speeches. Speakers included SDS co-presidents Brianna Calderon-Roman and Andrew Arachikavitz, Advocates for Immigrant and Refugee Rights president Cassie Barragan, Center for Participant Education public relations officer Andreina Granado and the Dream Defenders local strategist Michael Sampson.

Shivaani Ehsaan, Campaign Coordinator of FSU SDS, said “The energized students stormed the ivory tower of President Barron's office and demanded that he meet the people's grievances of the discriminatory policy that is FSU's - and the greater state of Florida’s - tuition rates.”

Mili Chapado, Policy Chair of Advocates for Immigrant and Refugee Rights , said "Student groups at other colleges and universities are gaining momentum. We should strive to work with them to push for tuition equity state-wide."[1]


Andrew Arachikavitz March 22, 2014 ·


With Zachary Schultz, Jonathan Waring, Brianna Calderon-Williams, Bill Aiman, Robbey Hayes, Alexandra Duboy, Maressa Simmons and Delance Burnside.

Andrew Arachikavitz February 28, 2014 ·


With Brian Marshall, Regina Joseph, Giovanni Rocco, Alexander Morato and Mili Carabba.

Dream Defenders "Don't shoot"

Kevin Banatte August 29, 2014 ·


With Mille Louis, Andrew Arachikavitz, Alekos Zambrano, Marie Paul, Curtis Hierro, Vivian Flower and Marcia Olivo.

Tallahassee SDS

Student organizers from New Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), in anticipation of one of the largest demonstrations Florida will see in years, are eager to share their plans with students and activists who will be traveling to Tampa next week for the march on the RNC. The group of organizers was in high spirits, listening to political hip hop and swapping stories about activist experiences as they pulled in to Athens Georgia on August 20.

"I'm excited to speak to students I don't even know who are working for the same ideals as myself. Its a great feeling of solidarity," said Cecelia O'Brien, a Florida State University student.

Students hope to build lasting infrastructure, helping new chapters and affiliates to develop across the South, leading up to the SDS National Convention in October. "It's going to be a big semester for activism in Florida and around the country," said Tallahassee student organizer Andrew Arachikavitz, with a grin on his face.[2]