The “new” Students for a Democratic Society will hold its 9th Annual National Conference this weekend at the University of Minnesota.
Conference topics include “no war”, “education for all”, and “end repression.”
The new SDS is a reincarnation of the 1960’s SDS organization, whose members included communists and domestic terrorists, Bill Ayers, Mike Klonsky, and Howard Machtinger.
The original SDS disbanded around 1970 after many of its members splintered off to form other groups because of disagreements over just how “non-violent” they should be.
The more violent of the ‘non-violent’ members (Ayers, Klonsky, Machtinger, and several others) banned together to form the infamous Weathermen organization. After bombing police stations and other government offices, the group spent the next several years ‘underground’ hiding from the FBI, and thus changed their name to the Weather Underground Organization.
According to FBI reports:
When the SDS collapsed in 1969, the Weather Underground stepped forward, inspired by communist ideologies and embracing violence and crime as a way to protest the Vietnam War, racism, and other left-wing aims. “Our intention is to disrupt the empire…to incapacitate it, to put pressure on the cracks,” claimed the group’s 1974 manifesto, Prairie Fire. By the next year, the group had claimed credit for 25 bombings and would be involved in many more over the next several years.
In 2006, two high school students joined forces, and, calling on the help of a few 1960s SDS members, formedthe new Students for a Democratic Society, which says it intends to “build a million student movement” that will “take back our schools first, and then our country.”
The SDS of today, which claims to have more than 150 chapters in colleges and high schools across the country, appears to be continuing the work of the old SDS. Specifically, the organization says, in addition to campaigning for equal education for all, it is currently campaigning against “racism,” “U.S. imperialism” and “U.S. war and occupation.”
According to its website, an SDS group from Tuscarora High School in Frederick, Maryland says it wants its student body “to have equal say in what effects the student body’s life… creating a place where students have equal say to the P.T.A., Teachers and Administration.”
The group continues:
Our hope is to achieve a student run school and class rooms.
We want teachers to be facilitators not authority figures, so class rooms are not based around obedience, but around passion for the subject.
Not only is the ideology of the new SDS the same as that of the old, but judging from the list of speakers lined up for this weekend’s conference, its radical associations are also the same.
For example, one of tomorrow’s scheduled speakers is Joe Iosbaker, a former SEIU Local 73 Chief Steward whose home was raided by the FBI in 2011 because he and his wife were believed to be part of a group providing material support to jihadist terrorist organizations.
According to WND, Iosbaker and his wife, Stephanie Weiner (a founder of AFSCME Local 3506), worked as leaders of the Chicago New Party, “a controversial 1990s political party that sought to elect members to public office with the aim of moving the Democratic Party far leftward to ultimately form a new political party with a socialist agenda.”
Joe currently writes for the Marxist publication, Fight Back! News.
Even Bill Ayers is involved in the SDS of today, although not surprising since he has made it his life’s work to radicalize America’s youth. Last year, Ayers and several other university professors endorsed the new SDS’s National Day of Action for Education Rights.
According to Fight Back! News, this weekend’s convention sessions will include, “From Ferguson to Palestine: Political Repression is a Crime!,” “From the Belly of the Beast: Fighting Back against U.S. Wars and Imperialism,” “Building Struggle in Red States,” and “Education Is a Right: Campus Economic Fight Backs and Achieving Access to Higher Education for Everyone.”