Students for a Democratic Society (New)

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MDS board members Bert Garskof, Al Haber and Bernardine Dohrn with Bill Ayers at the November 30, 2007 Michigan State University SDS Reunion

The new Students for a Democratic Society is a relaunch of the old SDS.

Shutting Down John Guandolo

Students for a Democratic Society (New) was cited at FightBack! News[1] as one of the groups who successfully intimidated venues to cancel events called "Threat of Islam to America".

"Earlier this week, anti-fascist groups from the Fox Valley and Green Bay led a phone blast campaign to the hotel where one of Guandolo's events was scheduled to take place. The announcement of confrontational protest in addition to phone calls pressured the venue to cancel the event, which was called, "Threat of Islam to America."


"Building on the Green Bay victory, activists in the Milwaukee area organized a call-in to a hotel in the Milwaukee suburb of Pewaukee. Area Islamic groups and individuals called the hotel, which is a popular wedding venue for Muslim families. Organizations such as the Milwaukee Coalition Against Trump, SDS, and Wisconsin Antifa networks spread the word online.
"In under 24 hours the Pewaukee venue announced that the event was no longer taking place. Worldview Weekend once again tweeted their response, saying "We have over $15,000 into conferences not counting mailing."
"In La Crosse, Wisconsin activists from the Interfaith Shoulder to Shoulder Network, and Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) were busy planning a mass rally and call-in for the last of three planned stops in Wisconsin. The venue, Onalaska Omni-Center, refused to cancel the event, citing the First Amendment. But activists in La Crosse and throughout the state continued to prepare for a demonstration.

SDS 2006 Conference Schedule

Schedule for the Students for a Democratic Society conference at the University of Chicago, August 4-7 2006.

Friday, August 4


  • Plenary 1

Facilitator- Millicent Hadjivassiliou (Tacoma, Washington) Introductions- Pat Korte and Al Haber Local Chapter Reportbacks, Short Written Statements from Chapters Not in Attendence Conclusions- Tom Good

Saturday, August 5



Working Commitee Lunch

  • Chicago Caucus meeting for Chicago SDS
  • Viewing of Lauren Giaccone's New Orleans Documentary (Pace & NYC SDS),
  • Working Lunch on Ad Hoc Committees for Issues
  • Other informal caucuses or lunch



Saturday Night Protest

  • Hiroshima Day Commemoration and Protest - Hands Across the U.S.

Casual Presentations

  • Students in Revolt: SDS and the Global Student Movements of 2006 and Beyond - Adam Sanchez, Presentations, Freewheeling Discussion
  • Movement for a Democratic Society (MDS) Business Meeting

Sunday, August 6



Working Caucus Lunch

  • Marxian Caucus - Tom Burgess to facilitate
  • Queer/Trans Caucus - Tristan Harlequin to facilitate
  • Anarchist Caucus - Brendan Dunn to facilitate
  • People of Color Caucus
  • Feminist Caucus
  • Environmental Caucus


Monday, August 7


Moratorium NOW!

On Sept. 17, 2008, the Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures and Evictions sponsored a rally at the Michigan State Capitol, demanding the State Legislature enact SB 1306, a two-year foreclosure moratorium bill. Represented at the rally was UNITE HERE, Change to Win, United Auto Workers, Service Employees International Union, American Federation of Teachers, Green Party of Michigan, Detroit Greens, the Cynthia McKinney presidential campaign, Students for a Democratic Society, National Lawyers Guild, Workers World Party, Food Not Bombs, Critical Moment, Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice, Michigan Welfare Rights, Call ’Em Out, Latinos Unidos of Michigan, Grand Rapids Latino Community Coalition, Joint Religious Organizing Network for Action and Hope, Adrian Dominican Sisters & Associates for Peace. The following led or spoke at the rally: Sandra Hines and Abayomi Azikiwe of the Moratorium NOW!; Kris Hamel; Reverend Ed Rowe, Central United Methodist Church; State Representatives Gabe Leland, Shanelle Jackson, Bettie Cook Scott and Steve Tobocman; State Sen. Martha G. Scott; Rubie Curl-Pinkins and her daughter Nikki Curl; Jerry Goldberg, people’s attorney and coalition leader; Juan Daniel Castro, Grand Rapids Latino Community Coalition; Linette Crosby; Larry Holmes, a leader of the Troops Out Now Coalition; Robert Pratt of UNITE HERE; and Rosendo Delgado of Latinos Unidos of Michigan.[2]

Moratorium NOW! is affiliated with the Bail Out the People Movement and is controlled by the Workers World Party. The organization's office is located at the Central United Methodist Church and holds meetings there.[3][4]

Solidarity with Sept. 24 FBI Raid Activists

The Committee to Stop FBI Repression lists Students for a Democratic Society (New) as one of the organizations that has issued a statement of solidarity in support of the activists raided in the September 24, 2010 FBI Raids.[5]

7th Annual National Convention, 2012

According to Michela Martinazzi, 70 student activists from all over the country arrived in Gainesville, Florida to attend the annual Students for a Democratic Society National Convention Oct. 27-28, 2012. The activists arrived from as far as Utah and Minnesota.

The convention began with opening statements by Robbey Hayes and Skye Schmelzer from the host Gainesville Chapter.

Stephanie Taylor, a national leader of SDS, reported, “It was awesome. SDS continues to be the largest anti-war student group, to organize for education rights, and there is a growing trend of struggle supporting women’s and LGBTQ issues. SDS invited the Dream Defenders who spoke about immigrant rights, justice for Trayvon Martin and exposing the Republican Party’s voter suppression in Florida. A Gainesville member of Students for Justice in Palestine spoke about boycott, divestment, and sanctions of Israel.”

Students attended different workshops, such as “Bad Acting Theater” and “Basic Organizing Skills.” SDS affiliate the Revolutionary Students Union presented “Turning Red States Red.” Other workshops included “Organizing Immigrant and Farmworker Rights Campaigns on Campus” and “Combating Male Chauvinism within Your SDS Chapter.”

Noor Elashi, an author, journalist and an advocate for her father and the Holy Land 5, spoke on the SDS plenary “Fighting Back Against Political Repression.”

Tom Burke, of the Committee to Stop FBI Repression, was also on the panel. Burke is one of the 23 anti-war activists raided by the FBI in 2010.

Afterwards, Burke said, “Speaking to the SDS Convention was a powerful experience. I spoke about the FBI raids and grand jury repression, including members of SDS. I relayed my student experience with the Divest Now! campaign to smash racist Apartheid in South Africa. Then, with the Progressive Student Network in the 1980s, we organized campus protests against CIA recruitment. We acted in solidarity with the revolutionary movements of Nicaragua and El Salvador. In 1991, the PSN helped organize mass rallies to oppose the first U.S. Gulf War on Iraq.”

Burke continued, “Today’s student activists have known nothing but the U.S. always being at war. I spoke and emphasized the importance of supporting liberation struggles in Colombia and Palestine today, to stop U.S. intervention. Our effective organizing to stop U.S. funding of war and oppression is the reason Assistant U.S. Attorney Barry Jonas is continuing his investigation of the 23 anti-war activists, especially focused on Hatem Abudayyeh in Chicago.”

The second day of the SDS convention began by remembering Laura Elizabeth Langley from Alabama SDS and Andrew Stapleton from Tampa Bay SDS who died during the previous year. T

To guide each chapter in the year head, SDS passed resolutions. Most were a call to action, like “Close the School of the Americas” (the U.S. school that trains military death squads), and vowing to join the protest Nov. 16-18 at Fort Benning in Georgia. Another one, “Education Rights Days of Action,” plans to demand funding and access for education in the first week of March 2013. “SDS - Demand an End to All Wars and Occupations” calls for the end of U.S. war and occupation in Afghanistan and an end to the covert war and U.S. sanctions against Syria and Iran. It also demands an end to U.S. drone attacks. Another unanimously supported resolution, called for “Justice for Trayvon Martin.” Lastly, the SDS passed a resolution “Oppose U.S. Government Political Repression,” as part of the push back against the growing political repression by the U.S. government and police forces.

The day ended with each SDS chapter reporting back on the actions they organized in the past year and relaying their lessons and victories to the rest of convention attendees.

The closing of the convention was a boisterous and loud “otro golpe,” a Gainesville SDS tradition, which represents “another strike” against U.S. imperialist war and racism in the U.S. - and looking forward to the next victories for Students for a Democratic Society![6]

SDS National Convention, 2016


Public · Hosted by Students for a Democratic Society at UMN

October 8, 2016 – October 9, 2016

Oct 8, 2016 at 9 AM to Oct 9, 2016 at 1 PM CDT

The 2016 national convention of Students for a Democratic Society, here at the University of Minnesota!

Open to SDSers and non-SDSers alike!

Featuring guest speakers:

Speaking on issues like:

  • Anti-war and -repression activism
  • Anti-racism and police brutality
  • Student-labor solidarity
  • Education for all!
  • Palestine solidarity
  • Dump Trump!
  • Woman and non-binary folk in the movement

Invited on Facebook



SDS NWC Call 10/29


Public · Hosted by Students for a Democratic Society (National)

Sunday, October 29 at 8 PM CDT (2016?)

Facilitator: Lorenzo (PCC SDS)

I. Political Developments II. Roll call III. National Convention Summation - What went well - What went less well - What we can do better next year IV. Set due date for resolution edits V. Further discuss new structure proposal VI. SDS Speaker Response List - Pick people we want to protest VII. Pick next facilitator[7]

Chapters and Affiliates, 2017





Tallahassee - SDS at Florida State University Tampa Bay - SDS at University of South Florida St Pete - SDS at St Pete College Jacksonville - SDS at University of North Florida Miami - SDS at Florida International University






Baltimore - Hopkins Students for a Democratic Society


North Adams SDS at Massachusetts College of Liberals Arts


Detroit - SDS - Detroit



Kirksville - Truman State SDS


New York

North Carolina



South Carolina



Utah Salt Lake City - SDS at University of Utah

West Virginia


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