- Studies Political Science, World History, Philosophy, and Economics at Angelina College
- Went to Lufkin High School
Lufkin, Texas - Students for a Democratic Society at Angelina College held a rally and march as part of a national day of action. They marched demanding “Education for all!” on April 13, 2016.
“We need college to be publicly funded. The U.S. government should cut money spent on the military budget, especially the military aid given to Israel,” said Ian Cox of SDS, “No one should be indebted for receiving an education. It should be considered a right.”
The students marched across campus chanting, “Drop tuition, not bombs!” and “What do we want? Free tuition! When do we want it? Now!” By the time they arrived at the final rallying point, a crowd of students had gathered.
"We need publicly-funded colleges. We must demand an end to imperialist wars and we must fight for the emancipation of all oppressed nationalities. Only a socialist revolution can ensure free education for all, an end to imperialist wars, and the liberation of all oppressed people,” said the final speaker, Angelica Hernandez of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization/FightBack!.
According to Fabian Van Onzin, in Houston, Texas, over 30 students at the University of Houston participated in a protest against police brutality on Sept. 16. They began with a rally in front of the MD Anderson library on campus, with signs reading, “Black lives matter,” “End police brutality” and “Stop racist killer cops.”
After a few speeches from students, community activists and faculty members, they marched around the campus, chanting “Hey, hey, ho, ho, these killer cops have got to go,” and “Indict, convict, send those killer cops to jail, the whole damn system is guilty as hell.”
“The police in the U.S. continue to kill Black people each day and get away with it. Every week, there is another killing, and each time the police walk away without being indicted,” said Angelica Hernandez.
Hernandez continued, “From Alton Sterling to Philando Castile, from Sandra Bland to Alva Braziel, the police are murdering African Americans in every city in this country. Students for a Democratic Society demands an end to the killings, and justice for all victims of police brutality. We want to see all these racist killer cops be indicted for their crimes.”
“The cops claim to make communities safer, but they are a safety hazard. They continue to murder Black people and create an environment of fear and terror in the Black community. We demand community control of the police. Black lives matter!” said Ian Cox, of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization/FightBack!.
Houston Socialist Movement
In 2016, Ian Cox was involved in the Houston Socialist Movement.
Protest organizer David Smith said, “Donald Trump is a racist and a bigot, and his sole purpose is to spread fear and divide the working class. We want Trump and his message out of our city.” Smith is with the Houston Socialist Movement.
“Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton both represent the interests of Wall Street, only the the top 1%. Therefore SDS doesn’t see change coming from the elections, but rather from grassroots movements like Black Lives Matter and the Native resistance to the North Dakota pipeline,” said Fabian Sneevliet of Students for a Democratic Society.