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DACA rally

According to Sean Taylor Salt Lake City, UT — Over 100 people joined U of U Students for a Democratic Society to protest Donald Trump’s repeal of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Sept. 15 2017, at the Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building downtown.

Shirley Reyes, with SDS, kicked off the rally, denouncing the repeal that puts 800,000 young people at risk of deportation. “We cannot rely on the system; it is up to all of us. We are not only here to defend DACA, but to demand legalization for all.”

Griseille Davila, a DACA recipient and SDS member, gave an impassioned call to unite as a community. Davila called on the crowd to fight for immigrant rights and to defend undocumented immigrants from incarceration and deportation.

Sara Kang, another SDSer, began to cry while addressing the crowd, saying that she was worried for her friends who may face deportation. Kang finished her speech urging those assembled to fight back against the racist attacks from the Trump administration.

Emmaly Anderson, also with SDS, called out the hypocrisy of the University of Utah which has claimed to support undocumented students. Anderson said the U of U refused to meet student demands. She also said the U of U needs to refuse to host the on-campus event for Ben Shapiro, a racist right-wing columnist who has called for completely closing the U.S.-Mexico border.[1]

Salt Lake City protests one year of Trump

Salt Lake City, UT - Over 40 people rallied at the Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building, Jan. 20, the one-year anniversary of Trump taking office. Organized by Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and Utah Against Police Brutality (UAPB), the rally started with Kate Wilhite leading chants "From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!" and "They say go back, we say fight back!"

Anthony Scoma and Shirley Reyes, members of SDS, spoke out against the aggressively racist and hawkish policies of the Trump administration, focusing on U.S. support for Israeli apartheid and the expansion of the border wall.

Sean Taylor, a member of Freedom Road Socialist Organization/FightBack!, continued the theme saying, “The struggle we are here to commemorate is not just the struggle against the Trump administration. The fights for immigrants’ rights and full equality, for an end to racist and political repression, for women’s liberation and reproductive justice, for worker power and class struggle unionism, for free education, for LGBTQ liberation, and for an end to colonial and imperialist occupation are all united in the struggle against the monopoly capitalism and national oppression.”

Jessica Arter from UAPB called on the crowd to get involved in the struggle for accountability and community control of the police by joining in the campaign for a Salt Lake City Civilian Police Accountability Council.[2]


By Megan Faye Barnhurst October 8, 2016. On Sept. 27, 25 students rallied and marched on the University of Utah campus demanding “Education for all!”

The University of Utah Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) is fighting for state-funded scholarships for undocumented people. It is part of a national SDS campaign that demands increased enrollment of Black and Latino students, equal access to education for undocumented students, and free tuition for all public universities.

The rally was the second local action for the campaign. Students marched from the Marriott Library to President’s Circle chanting, “When undocumented students are under attack what do we do? Stand up! Fight back!”

“My parents came to the U.S. just two weeks before I was born. Although I am a legal citizen of the U.S., would I not be the same person if I had been born two weeks earlier? Does the arbitrary timing and place of birth change me as a person? I don’t need a piece of paper to tell me I have a right to an education and undocumented students shouldn’t either!” said Shirley Reyes of SDS.[3]