FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 1, 2007
Nationwide Coordinated Protests on March 20, 2007
To Demand an Immediate End to the Iraq War
On March 20, 2007, thousands of students and young people from across the United States will demonstrate against the unjust war in Iraq. Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) has called for a national day of action on the fourth anniversary of the war.
The national call for March 20 reads: “We, students and young people here in the U.S., support the right of the Iraqi people to self-determination. We refuse to accept this new strategy to ‘expand the military,’ and reject any means the government may use to make these new troops materialize - whether through the implementation of a draft or the continued use of manipulative and deceptive recruitment techniques.”
Thus far, 35 different campuses and groups have signed on to the call, including 18 SDS chapters, and the number continues to grow.
“It is time in this country that we as students get organized against this unjust war and occupation in Iraq. Four years at war is four years too long, and Iraqis are dying everyday because of it. We need to get organized and get out into the streets! The U.S. needs to end the war in Iraq and bring all the troops home now,” says Kati Ketz of the University of North Carolina-Asheville SDS.
“The majority of the student body at the University of Alabama believes the war in Iraq is wrong, but until SDS formed, there was no way for them to voice their opposition. It’s exciting that the South is getting organized against the war, that more and more students are taking a stand against injustices,” says Chapin Gray, of SDS-Tuscaloosa. “Not only that, as part of a national student organization, our group feels like we are speaking and acting in unison with SDS chapters across the country, that we are part of something really powerful, that we are making history.”
As the U.S. enters its fifth year in Iraq, there seems to be no end in sight. Bush has called for 21,500 more troops in the midst of vast unpopularity. This also includes a military recruitment benchmark of over 90,000 – with the majority of these recruits coming from the working class and youth. It is necessary to act now in our campuses and communities to bring this to an end.
Contact for more information:
Kati Ketz, UNC-Asheville SDS – 614-439-3978
Chapin Gray, SDS at Tuscaloosa – 251-605-7780