University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Students for a Democratic Society

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Template:TOCnestleft University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Students for a Democratic Society is an Oshkosh Wisconsin affiliate of New Students for a Democratic Society.

SDS founder

Oshkosh, WI - University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) braved the rain and the cold outside of Polk Library, Nov. 17 2017, to put on a demonstration against racism. This was the first event for the new SDS chapter at UWO.

"Helping to build SDS has really made me feel like I'm making a difference," one founding member, Landon Klein, said. "I'm proud of the steps we've taken and the progress we've made since we started. Spreading information and getting students involved is really empowering and makes me confident that we can bring real positive change to campus."

One student, John Breaux, stopped by to participate after seeing flyers for the event.

"You can't walk around this campus without seeing SDS," he said.[1]

Lights for Liberty rally

On the evening of July 12, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Students for a Democratic Society (UWO SDS) hosted a Lights for Liberty rally, demanding an end to the Trump administration's detention policy and the closure of the concentration camps, where tens of thousands of immigrants are being held in clear breach of international law. The call to action drew roughly 30 people from Oshkosh and the surrounding Fox Valley area.

It was important that we accept that we are all human and if we lose the labels and drop the hate we can come together as one," said SDS leader Lydia Christensen.[2]

Student comrades

Ryan Hamann May 9, 2018 ·


With John Breaux, Marlise Kristina, Jessica Martinez and Lydia Christensen.

Anti-Trump rally

40 people gathered to protest the Trump regime in downtown Oshkosh, Jan. 20, 2018 to mark one year since his inauguration. Protesters hailed from a variety of groups: a community group called United Action Oshkosh (UAO), others from a local weekly rally group, a few from University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), and some unaffiliated with any groups. The demonstration itself was co-organized by SDS and UAO.

Ryan Hamann, a leader from Students for a Democratic Society, began the protest.

Another leader from SDS, Dan Pratt, took the megaphone next and laid into Trump.

Taking the event to its conclusion was Zach Herriges, a freshman SDS leader, with a fiery speech in which he condemned Trump as a fraud. He pushed his attack forward, taking aim at a deeper target. "What we want is not a different president who will take [Trump's] place and do the same things; what we want is fundamental change to this system. It's not gonna come from an election every four years; it's gonna come from the masses of people who organize and struggle to bring change, and that's what we're doing today! Agitate, educate, organize! Together we can make this world a better place. Down with the Trump regime! Down with this system! And down with the empire!"[3]



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  3. [ FB News, Oshkosh, WI protest marks one year of Trump By staff | January 23, 2018]