Tag Archives: SDS

Town-Gown Relations forum

Robert Wohl ’11 says:

SDS is starting a campaign for a more open campus and better relations with the Middletown community, and we want your input. What do you think of Middletown? How do you feel about Wes’s relations with Middletown? How do you feel about opening up campus and integrating more with Middletown? What are the obstacles and the advantages of an open campus? Come discuss these questions and more with students and faculty at SDS’s first Town-Gown Forum this Tuesday from 4:30 to 5:30 in PAC 004. There will be food.

When: Tuesday, Feb. 3 from 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Where: PAC 004

Lecture About Mumia Abu-Jamal

Wesleyan SDS, Amnesty International, WesPrep and the Center for African American Studies are sponsoring a lecture about Mumia Abu-Jamal by J Patrick O’Connor, author of The Framing of Mumia Abu-Jamal and Professor Johanna Fernandez of Educators for Mumia. They will be speaking about the Mumia’s case, his chances for a retrial and about other political prisoners.

Date: Wednesday, November 19
Time: 7pm
Place: Exley 150

Activist Leo Cerda to speak Thursday

Jonathon Booth ’12 writes:

SDS and EON bring you Leo Cerda!

Leo Cerda is an indigenous human rights and environmental activist from Ecuador. He was born in the Amazon region of Ecuador, and his activism has focused on that area. Since he was 14 years old he has been fighting oil exploitation in the Amazon region of Ecuador, speaking in indigenous villages across Ecuador about the costs and consequences of the oil industry. These costs range from the destruction of the local environment to global climate change. He has also worked to support sustainable alternatives to oil for indigenous communities, including organic products cooperatives.

He will be speaking about the destruction he has seen and experienced in the Ecuadorian Amazon, what local groups are doing to resist this destruction, and what we, as American college students, can do to help.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 30
Time: 6:00 PM
Place: Exley 150

Innocent until proven guilty: Troy Davis Rally tomorrow

There’s been a fair bit of media attention devoted to the case of Troy Davis recently. Troy Davis is scheduled to be executed in Georgia on October 27 for killing a police officer – despite OVERWHELMING doubts about his guilt.

Of the nine witnesses who testified against him, seven of them have recanted their statements or contradicted their own testimonies. Additionally, several of these witnesses have said they were coerced by the police to give the testimony they did. Of the other two witnesses, one is Sylvester Coles, the principal alternative suspect; nine individuals have signed affidavits implicating Sylvester Coles. Nevertheless, Troy Davis has not been able to get a new trial and will be executed next week. Read more about the case on the Amnesty website or on Wikipedia.

Did Sylvester Coles commit this crime? Did Troy Davis commit this crime? I don’t know, but I don’t think the state of Georgia does, either. If you think we shouldn’t kill a possibly innocent man, come to tomorrow’s rally:

What: Rally & Emergency Write/Call-a-thon (call the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles on your cell, or write letters)
When: Lunchtime tomorrow, Thursday Oct. 23
Where: Usdan courtyard (we’ll move inside if it’s too cold)

Sponsored by Amnesty International and SDS.

[Edit 10/24/08, 1:53 pm]
Thanks everyone! Another stay has been issued for Troy Davis’ execution. It’s possible he may be able to have further appeals. Thanks for your help in making sure Georgia knows it’s being watched critically!

Chalking Memo to BoA: Divest from Coal

As it turns out, the ubiquitous anti-Bank-of-America chalking all over campus today is taking its cue from a larger movement by activist groups like the Rainforest Action Network and Students for a Democratic Society to get major corporations like Citigroup and Bank of America to stop investing in coal.

I’m not sure how active SDS actually is at Wesleyan, but groups around the country have been trying to raise awareness of Bank of America’s stake in coal since last year, with rallies, cough/die-ins, and info tables having been organized (and blogged about) in at least San Francisco and Philadelphia.

It seems unclear how much attention the company is paying to these (so far) relatively minor protests, but what with the ridiculous debate going on about “clean coal” in this year’s election, here’s hoping that major investors like Bank of America follow the lead of other banks and develop better energy policies in the near future than the relatively uncompelling carbon principles they have at the moment.

In the meantime, if the SDS members who I assume are behind the BoA chalking are serious at all, they should probably invest in coal-rock costumes and top hats for some entertaining Usdan public theater.