[Marxism] SDS Regional Conference

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Apr 14 08:29:32 MDT 2006

PRESS RELEASE: SDS Regional Conference

Students for a Democratic Society (SDS)
info at studentsforademocraticsociety.org


Contact: Bert Garskof
bgarskof at adelphia.net

April 13, 2006

Bethany, Ct. April 13, 2006. Long time anti-war activist Thomas Good, 47 
year old member of the Industrial Workers of the World and the War 
Resistors League living in New York City announced today that on April 
23rd, the first regional conference will be held by the new Students for a 
Democratic Society (SDS). Good who is helping organize the conference 
explained that the new SDS is significantly different from the old SDS. 
"First off, it's multi-generational," said Good. "Secondly, I am hopeful 
that our brand of participatory democracy will provide a true umbrella for 
student and other activists who are into a decentralized, grassroots 
approach." Good reported that in only a few months of activity, the re-born 
SDS has established seventy-seven chapters nationwide.

Paul Buhle, a historian at Brown University and SDS activist in the 1960s 
is enthusiastically at work planning the conference. Buhle said, "The voice 
of the young and the most democratic social movement of the 1960s, is back 
again...with a new generation."

More than thirty years ago, during the height of the anti-Vietnam War 
movement, SDS was the most important student activist organization in the 
United States. SDS reached the pinnacle of its influence in 1968 and then 
fragmented and fell apart in 1969. Now a group of present day student 
activists along with members of SDS active in the 60s, have joined together 
to form a new SDS to further the already re-emerging campus and community 
progressive anti-war and social justice movement.

All people interested in finding out about or becoming involved in the new 
SDS are invited to attend the regional conference to be held on Sunday 
April 23, 2006 from 11:00am - 6:00pm in Salomon Hall at Brown University in 
Providence Rhode Island. Attendance is free.

Speakers include student activist Alana Makowitz who organized a new 
chapter of SDS at Salve Regina University. Also speaking are Thomas Good 
and Patrick Korte, two of the organizers of the new SDS, and Ambre Ivol 
from the Sorbonne who will report on the French student movement. Speakers 
from the sixties SDS include Bob Ross, one of the organization's founders, 
former national president, Carl Oglesby, Paul Buhle, former editor of SDS 
magazine, "Radical America," and Bernadine Dohrn, former SDS national 
leader and founding member of the Weather Underground.

For Conference details see www.studentsforademocraticsociety.org

For information contact Bert Garskof (Former Faculty Advisor to Michigan 
State University SDS) 203.393.3213, Cell 203.232.8455 or bgarskof at adelphia.net

For interviews with speakers contact Bert Garskof at the conference 



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