by: Tampa Bay SDS

New Students for a Democratic Society has stood in the way of Trump's campaign since he announced his presidential run in 2015. Today, we resolve to continue the fight to stop Trump's agenda.

Trump's administration has built its platform out of bigotry and hate. His campaign calls for a hatred of Arab and Muslim refugees and immigrants from Central America, the Caribbean, and other places. His Muslim ban and his call for a border wall on the US-Mexico border show that he is willing to escalate until more immigrants and refugees are deported or detained. Since taking office, ICE and Border Patrol have been exposed as separating 6,000 undocumented immigrant families through deportations, detentions, and the trafficking of these children to Christian adoption agencies.

To this, SDS says, "No Ban, No Wall, Sanctuary For All!"

From the beginning, Trump helped to cultivate a right-wing surge of people who believe that we should "Make America Great Again." Overtly he declared that the United States of America should act as superior to the rest of the globe, should continue wars for markets in Latin America, in Asia and Africa. Like administrations before him, he approved ever increasing omnibus bills to increase US military aid to brutal, repressive governments. He pushed through an omnibus budget bill that allotted $716 billion dollars to the Department of Defense. At the same time, Congress and the White House reduced funding to the Departments of Education and Children and Families. To this, SDS says, "End US Wars!"

He tries to move us backwards by appointing a cabinet that would damage protections for the environment, rights for women, LGBTQ and disabled people. He looks for ways to open the door to privatizing key social services that people need to survive. His slogans became a rallying cry for neo-Nazis who held hate marches like in Charlottesville or even conducted shootings. He appointed Supreme Court judges and White House cabinet officials who are rapists or rape apologists and are looking for ways to undermine Title IX or undermine Roe vs Wade.

To this, SDS says, "Stop Trump!"

All throughout 2015 and 2016, SDS bashed Trump pinatas and held Stop Trump events. We organized a contingent to March Against the RNC in Cleveland, Ohio, in 2016. When Trump was elected in November 2016, we held emergency protests. When he was inaugurated in January 2017, we called for student walkouts and protests nationwide. We will continue this fight until Trump's appointments, proposals, and policies are long gone.