SDS has been undergoing some big changes recently. We like making change, you know. We're an activist club that's a bit different from others at Brandeis. We're a non-hierarchical collective. We're active and animated and DOING things. Come see for yourself.
Listen to SDS's radio show, "Tune In, Turn On, Drop Out" every Monday night from 10:30pm to 12am on WBRS 100.1. (Radio show is streamed live at WBRS.org) Join us for some left-leaning political discussion and some radically delightful music.
Here are the principles which underpin our philosophy:
Intersectionality: Oppression manifests itself in many different, and often complicated ways. We are committed to confronting multiple oppressions along gender, race, class, sexuality, ecology, and any other lines of power, because they stem from similar roots of domination and exploitation. Any fight to reduce one of these oppressions must account for the others in a genuine and deep way. For example, it is impossible to fight sexism without an understanding of, and active resistance to, racism. While focusing on one might be tactically advantageous in certain circumstances at certain times, we do not place importance of one over another.
Social Justice: Social Justice seeks to narrow, and eventually eliminate, the gap of wealth and power amongst disparate groups in society.
Direct Democracy: Democracy is too important to be left to politicians. We believe political decisions should be made by everyone in a community, not by ‘representatives’. Power should rest directly in the hands of the people, without corrupting channels to distort its exercise. Direct democracy is both an ideal which we strive for in society, and a mechanism to achieve that society. It informs club decisions, and group processes in the interests of a more democratic world. Direct democracy is participatory, it is active, it means more than marking an ‘X’ on a ballot.
Solidarity: We seek alliances with other groups fighting for freedom, both at our school and world wide. When it makes tactical sense we will work directly with other groups to further our work for social justice. Lilla Watson, an Australian Aborigine, said it best when she noted "If you come here to help me, you're wasting your time. If you come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together." This really is one struggle, after all.
Cooperation: We currently live in a nation in which competition is the assumed basis for societal organization. It underscores our economic, political, and social systems. We believe in a shift to cooperation as a fundamental organizing principle of society. This calls into question the legitimacy of institutions such as capitalism. Furthermore, we believe cooperation is a common sense practical way to go about solving problems. We work together. It is efficient and powerful. The great community organizer Saul Alinsky once said “power goes to two poles: those who’ve got money, and those who’ve got people” indeed, those of us who would seek to tip the balance of power must realize that it rests in numbers. Those numbers add up to nothing if you don’t combine them. We gotta work together.
we love everyone. so come hang out with us.
"you dont know you're wearing a leash if you sit by the peg all day" - mike parenti.
"if i cant dance, i dont want your revolution" - emma goldman.
Club Status: This is a chartered club. That means that it can use University resources and can request funding from the Finance Board.