Category: SDS

Andy Piascik: The Northern Student Movement

Tens of thousands of young Americans were inspired by the lunch counter sit-ins that began in Greensboro, North Carolina and spread throughout the South. NSM Students at Yale University were no exception and some of them got together in the Fall of 1961 to form the NSM.

Bill Nevins: Fortunate Rebel Son

  Underground: My Life with the SDS and the Weatherman is Mark Rudd’s candid story of his years in Columbia University’s chapter of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and, later, as a reluctant fugitive associate—though technically never a member—of the Weather Underground. (Full disclosure: I first met Mark Rudd in New Mexico two decades Read more…

Dave Shukla: Justify Your Prize By Rebuilding America, and the World

If Not Now, When?   Too often in the attraction and spectacle of self-consciously “historical” moments we forget the deep and enduring hypocrisy throughout our social institutions, and the deep forces of structure and history underwriting the particular object of our concern. The granting of the Nobel Peace Prize to Barrack Obama in the midst Read more…

Marie Trigona: FASINPAT: A Factory that Belongs to the People

The workers at Argentina’s largest worker-controlled factory are celebrating a definitive legal solution to a nine-year struggle for the right to work and workers’ self-determination. The provincial legislature of Neuquén voted in favor of expropriating the Zanon ceramics factory giving the workers’ cooperative FASINPAT the right to manage the plant definitively. Since the workers occupied Read more…

Peter Ward: Capitalism: Cuba’s New Ally?

A spam email I received from (strangely enough, I’ve been thinking about going to Cuba): Dear Peter, At CheapTickets we believe passionately in the power of travel to transform lives. And we believe that people should have the freedom to travel wherever they choose. Americans today have the right to travel to any country Read more…

Jeff Gore: A Conversation with Bill Ayers

  Bill Ayers, former 1960s radical and now a professor of education, became a household name after last year’s presidential campaign. Less than a month before Election Day, he was clumsily referred to by Sarah Palin as one of the “terrorists” that Barack Obama was “palling around” with. In April, I spoke with Ayers about Read more…

Daniel Gross: For Labor Solidarity with the NYU Student Occupiers

The almost two-day student occupation at New York University around demands of transparency and accountability has ended but the dialogue set in motion by the action is just beginning.  Also just beginning is the University’s punitive measures against participants in the occupation – measures clearly designed to have a chilling effect on future dissent.   Read more…

Matt Loewen: Students for a Democratic Society and Municipal Government

 This is a paper I wrote for my urban politics class at the University of Victoria. The analysis at the end is the main point that I would like to get across; the question of urban politics vs. national in general is something that I think is important to think about, as my local SDS Read more…

Tolstoys Cat: NY Student Occupation Victory

Victory for Students Occupying Rochester University in Solidarity with Palestine By Kosta Harlan Rochester, NY – Students at the University of Rochester declared victory and ended their sit-in protest after the university administration agreed to several of their key demands. On Jan. 6, over 75 students occupied an auditorium in the Goergen Biomedical and Engineering Read more…

Tolstoys Cat: GAZA-Occupy Your College

The latest news on the brilliant wave of student occupations demanding concrete action on the massacre in Gaza. Inspiring footage and interviews from SOAS, LSE and King’s College. This is a rough cut of a section from the forthcoming film on Gaza by activist video collective REEL NEWS–out Feb 20th.  For more info see:

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