Kenosha SDS wins demand for gender neutral bathrooms on campus
September 10th, 2019
Just in time for the new semester, Students for a Democratic Society at UW Parkside came out victorious in their gender neutral bathrooms campaign from the previous semester. Four bathrooms were converted on campus to support the trans and gender non-conforming community, a demand which some students have been proposing for several years.
The first step of concrete action began last October, during SDS’s protest of Brett Kavanaugh’s inauguration and a call for transgender rights. Members of SDS, with Rainbow Alliance, an LGBTQ+ organization on campus, marched to the administrative offices to put real pressure on administrators, who had been avoiding the bathroom proposal.
SDS put the fight for gender neutral bathrooms at the forefront and it became their campaign for the spring of 2019. After tabling events, petitions, and with a constant back and forth with the administration, they finally agreed to order new signs for the bathrooms. However, the school delayed the process.
What should have taken a few weeks became several months. The signs were finally put up on August 21, after SDS threatened action against the administration for not following through on its promises.
This semester, SDS activists at Parkside are working towards getting a food pantry on campus to address the growing food insecurity of students, many of whom are from poor and working-class backgrounds.
***Endnote: This article is recirculated from the news coverage Kenosha SDS received at fightbacknews.org.
SDS Says, "CIA Off Campus!"
September 4th, 2019
On the afternoon of August 28, members of Students for a Democratic Society and AnakBayan Chicago, at the University of Illinois at Chicago, passed out flyers on the quad to oppose the partnership that the university has with the CIA. SDS members held a banner reading “CIA off campus,” the slogan that has been used in past decades by student activists around the country in similar campaigns. Protesters held signs each detailing a different CIA operation and the number of deaths it caused.
UIC is the fourth university to enter into this partnership [as a CIA Signature School], coming after the City University of New York Baruch Campus, the University of New Mexico, and Florida International University. All these universities were targeted because of their large populations of students of color and international students. Student and faculty activists at CUNY Baruch College forced their university to release the memorandum of understanding with the CIA in 2018, which includes the statement that one of the purposes of the partnership is to “push a diversity and inclusion brand.”
“Partnerships like this normalize imperialism, and that’s something we have to stand against whenever it shows up,” said one SDS member.
***Endnote: This article is recirculated from the news coverage UIC SDS received at fightbacknews.org.
Ring in the Fall Semester With Student Organizing!
August 30th, 2019
School has started all over the country, and our chapters and campaigns remain strong. In Salt Lake City and at the University of North Florida, students have hosted banner drops and begun flyering to get out word about campaigns to increase resources for students with disabilities and for mental health facilities.