In Support of THE General Body at Syracuse

Drafted by Jake S.
Teach-in on disability rights and activism / THE General Body Instagram 

Students at Syracuse University have entered their third week of sitting in to demand changes from university administration. On November 3, a coalition of student organizations and activists known as THE General Body held a rally outside Crouse-Hinds Hall, an administrative building before entering and occupying the ground floor. THE General Body demands university administration be more transparent in its operations and make concrete steps to address issues of privilege and discrimination at Syracuse.

THE General Body’s occupation of Crouse-Hinds is in part a response to several disconcerting decisions by university administration in recent years. These include the closure of the Advocacy Center, formerly the Rape Center, a resource for survivors of sexual assault; the defunding of the POSSE program, a scholarship program for inner-city youth leaders; the decision not to divest from fossil fuels despite overwhelming support from student institutions, e.g. the Syracuse Student Government; and the lack accessible services and facilities for students with mental and physical disabilities and illnesses. These are only a few of the many grievances THE General Body is pressuring the administration to address.

We, the Young Democratic Socialists, stand in solidarity with THE General Body. We call on Syracuse University to make a real commitment to address all the listed grievances, and to involve THE Student Body in all future decisions which affect the Syracuse student body. We condemn university administration for apparently threatening the occupiers with legal action, including expulsion from the institution. We offer THE General Body our encouragement and whatever assistance it is within our capacity to give.

DSA members and unaffiliated readers alike, please sign THE General Body’s petition, letting Chancellor Kent Syverud and his administration know that we stand with THE General Body. Also, follow them on social media.

Twitter: @THEgeneralbody
Facebook: THE General Body
Instagram: @THEgeneralbody_SU

YDS members on college campuses, pay particularly close attention to THE General Body’s struggle with administration. The students at Syracuse provide a living representation of a model of student radicalism which has a proven track record of success. We would do well to emulate them.

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Revolution at the Crossroads: Igniting the Socialist Resistance Against Trump

February 17, 2017 · $20.00 USD

Location: MayDay Space
Where: 176 St Nicholas Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
When: Friday, February 17th at 6 PM to Sunday, February 19th to 4 PM

Political Context

This Presidents’ Day weekend, the Young Democratic Socialists will gather for our annual winter conference in New York City titled Revolution at the Crossroads: Igniting the Socialist Resistance Against Trump. We did not choose the name lightly. In doing so, we call for leftists to collectively confront Trump and Trumpism at every possible opportunity. When a Trump administration attempts mass deportations of undocumented workers, when it attempts to register Muslims or roll back worker protections, when it attempts to take away reproductive, LGTBQ, civil, or any other rights, then we must militantly resist to prevent such measures.

To succeed, this must be explicitly socialist resistance. With liberalism having repeatedly shown itself incapable of combating the far right, it is now the time for socialists to openly declare our place in building the mass, multi-racial, and working class movement necessary for defeating the Trump administration. In this struggle, millennials will play an outsized role. That is why this conference comes at such a critical time—together we must create spaces for democratic and strategic discussion, spaces to gain organizing skills, and most importantly, spaces to form networks of young radicals for the future struggles ahead. These spaces will only come together if socialists come together. Join us this Presidents Weekend and help ignite the movement to defeat the Trump administration, continue the political revolution, and build the socialist alternative.

Key Deadlines

  • January 8th: Travel Scholarship for Air Travel (for application see below)
  • January 15th: Travel Scholarship for Non-Air Travel (ex: bus, car, train, etc.)
  • February 3rd: Early Bird Registration Ends - Tickets prices go up from $5 to $10
  • February 10th: Free Housing - We have limited free housing. You need to first register, then you will be sent an application for free housing.

Apply for a travel scholarship here! (First Deadline January 8, 2017)

Check out the working program (subject to change)