For more than four years, the U.S. has waged war on the people of Iraq. Now, more than 80% of people in the U.S. oppose the war. While the anti-war demonstrations that take place in D.C. several times per year are able to turn out hundreds of thousands of people, their impact on Washington’s ability to wage war are minimal and amount to little more than symbolic displays of the massive opposition to this war. Marches are great tools to demonstrate solidarity with the people around the world who are fighting against U.S. imperialism and draw new people into the movement, but marches alone will not end the war. We must raise the stakes and take real, concrete actions that impact the ability of the U.S. to continue.
This week of direct actions against the war represents an important tactical shift in the movement that has, to this point, only happened on a localized level. SDS chapters around the country are already engaged in direct actions on strategic targets in their communities, but this day of action gives us the opportunity to come together on a national level and organize actions that carry real consequence on the functioning of this war.
We envision a space, both on the ground in D.C. and on individual campuses, where youth and students from across the country can have autonomy over the way in which they choose to organize and mobilize for this day of direct actions.
In order to coordinate and plan these actions in the most democratic way, a way in which we are all able to decide collectively what we want to do on this day, regional meetings will be held across the East Coast and Midwest for students and youth to come together to talk about what they want to see from this day. Please keep checking back to see when a consulta is being planned for your region.
If you would like to endorse the Day of Action as an individual or as a campus organization, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, if you are interested in hosting a consulta in your area, please contact us.