Clarksville Students for a Democratic Society

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Clarksville Students for a Democratic Society was a Tennessee affiliate of New Students for a Democratic Society.

Leaders

In 2008 Austin Peay SDS (Austin Peay State University) Clarksville, Tennessee contact was Nancy Rankin.

Preston Gilmore was a leader of Clarksville Students for a Democratic Society.[1]

Opposing threats of U.S. military attacks on Syria

Preston Gilmore Clarksville, TN - On Aug. 30, 20 students and anti-war veterans protested on the campus of Austin Peay State University to . Student groups at the rally included Clarksville Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance (FMLA). Protesters held banners and signs, chanted, gave speeches and handed out flyers urging people to call the White House at 202-456-1111 to put the heat on Obama to not bomb Syria.

Anti-war veteran Lara Jennings spoke, “The people of Syria have the right to determine their own destiny free of U.S. intervention. The U.S. government is repeating the same lies of ‘weapons of mass destruction’ that were told to attempt to justify the invasion of Iraq to attempt to justify the invasion and bombing of Syria. We will not stand for this.”

Later, students marched around the campus with banners and signs reading “Money for education, not war!” while handing out flyers that included a SDS’s “Emergency Call to Action to Demand Hands Off Syria.”

SDS member Adele Morello said, “The U.S. government is trying to drag us into another war and they need to see that we the people are not for another war. We need jobs not war. We need money for education, not for war. Now is the time to stand up for what is right and tell them we are not going to follow blindly and unquestioningly into another war. We are against dropping bombs on Syria or anywhere else, worldwide! No more U.S. military intervention abroad!”[2]

Confronting Neo-Nazis

Preston Gilmore April 24, 2014 Clarksville, TN - The Clarksville Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) is gearing up to confront a neo-Nazi conference this weekend at the Montgomery Bell State Park in Dickson County.

SDS member and native son of Dickson County Sean Collette said, "Nazis have murdered millions. The Klan has lynched and terrorized thousands. Recently, we were all horrified to hear that a white supremacist with ties to American Renaissance murdered several innocent people in Kansas City. It is very clear to us that these white supremacists are a threat to our lives and to the safety of our community. We want to send a message to these terrorists that their presence in Montgomery Bell will not be tolerated. And, we also want to send a message to the world that folks in Dickson County aren’t the type of people to stand idly by in the face of fascism. We are going to confront this issue head on and protect our community."[3]

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