March 4 protest at UCLA (Fight Back! News/Staff)
The following article by Kati Ketz is from Fight Back! News:
Thousands of students, workers and faculty at over 100 campuses in at least 39 states participated in a national day of action March 4. One demand was that administrators and chancellors must quit raising tuition and fees. Another demand was that theycut the salaries of the highest-paid administrators instead of the lowest-paid staffers on campus. Many of the protests opposed layoffs. Actions ranged from walkouts and marches, to occupations and shut-downs, to teach-ins and movie showings.
Posted in Political Economy, Student Movements
Tagged Baltimore Algebra Project, economic crisis, Education Rights, Fight Back!, GEO, Kati Ketz, March 4th, police brutality, police repression, SEIU Local 73, Students for a Democratic Society, Syracuse University, UC-Davis, UCLA, UIC, University of California, University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
The following is from Fight Back! News:
Students Protest Anti-Immigrant Speaker: Event Gets Shut Down
By Kati Ketz
Chapel Hill, NC – Over 200 protesters gathered here on April 15 to protest a talk given by the racist former congressman Tom Tancredo. Students, faculty and staff were in the streets and the lobby of the building chanting, “Shut it down – no racists in our town!” Some protesters were inside the room where the talk was being held and challenged Tancredo on his anti-immigration views while holding banners saying “No dialogue with hate,” and “No one is illegal.”
Posted in Immigrants Rights, Students for a Democratic Society
Tagged Chapel Hill, fascism, Fight Back!, immigrant rights, Kati Ketz, National Liberation, national oppression, police repression, Students for a Democratic Society, Tom Tancredo, Youth for Western Civilization
The following statement is from the website of Freedom Road Socialist Organization.
SDS: Study and struggle, unite and fight!
By Kati Ketz, Tracy Molm, and Kosta Harlan
for the Student Commission of Freedom Road Socialist Organization
We in Freedom Road Socialist Organization were disappointed to read Rachel Haut’s September 2008 interview with the Platypus project on “the present and future of SDS”. Freedom Road members work very hard to maintain Students for a Democratic Society as a strong, fighting organization that benefits from its ideological plurality while remaining united practically by radical, anti-imperialist activism. Unfortunately Rachel Haut, an SDS organizer in New York, said a few things to give us pause. We would like to take this opportunity to address those points here, because we think the things Rachel says have the potential to undermine some of SDS’s core principles. Mainly, we are concerned with the mistaken notion that FRSO wants to ‘take over’ SDS. We also want to address Rachel’s statement that “Maoism is in opposition to a democratic society” and that “it is inappropriate to have conversations about ideological differences when we still have Maoists in the organization”. Rachel says she will not ‘condone’ FRSO members being in SDS, and is, in effect, calling for all Marxist-Leninists to be purged. We think this sort of sectarianism is and has been a detriment to SDS as a whole. These are big issues, and we can’t deal with them thoroughly here. But we think a conversation is needed and that people in SDS should talk to us about these things, whether they agree or disagree with us. Continue reading
Posted in Anti-War / Anti-Intervention, FRSO, Student Movements, Students for a Democratic Society, Theory
Tagged anti-revisionism, Anti-War / Anti-Intervention, FRSO Student Commission, Kati Ketz, Kosta Harlan, Mao, Rachel Haut, Student Movements, theory, Tracy Molm
This article is from Fight Back! News:
Freedom Road banner at the RNC protest.
30,000 march against war at the RNC
The following are interviews with some people who helped organize for the march and lead some of the contingents.
Latinos Against War, Los Angeles
Palestinian community, Chicago
AFSCME Local 3800, Minneapolis
Students for a Democratic Society
St. Paul, MN – On September 1, the opening day of the Republican National Convention, 30,000 people rallied at the Minnesota State Capitol and marched against the war. It was the largest anti-war march in the U.S. this year.
The four main themes of the march were U.S. out of Iraq now; money for human needs, not for war; say no to the Republican agenda; and demand peace, justice and equality.
The march was led off by large contingents of veterans, immigrants, labor, poor people, Somalis, Palestinians, and students.
Check out the article at Fight Back! News for more photos.
Posted in Anti-War / Anti-Intervention, FRSO, Students for a Democratic Society
Tagged AFSCME, Anti-War / Anti-Intervention, Carlos Montes, Cherrene Horazuk, Fight Back!, Hatem Abudayyeh, Kati Ketz, Latinos Against War, podcasts, Protest RNC