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Students For a Democratic Society (SDS)

A little 'bout SDS
SDS is a chapter of the national organization, Students for A Democratic Society, that provides a forum for student political activity and activism beyond the standard partisan models on a variety of fronts, while leveraging student potential for charitable action consistent with our political ideologies.

While a
student organization will be ultimately unable to end ills such as racism, military imperialism, economic oppression, and homo/transphobia, is is our hope that through local application of humanitarian principles, we can help set an example for societal improvement.

Since our club structure is very horizontal and anti-hierarchical, every member has an equal voice, and can openly discuss issues and feel fully accepted. SDS focuses on many diverse issues, ranging from living wage to getting a daycare on campus, to discussions about the war in Syria. Along with
the St. Mary’s Triangle & Rainbow Society (STARS), SDS "organized a boycott in an attempt to inform students about the actions of Chick-fil-A, as well as to increase support from community members to find alternate options for students...[because] Chick-fil-A has been donating money to organizations that oppose both gay marriage and civil rights for the LGBTQ community" as noted by The Point News.
Meetings:
Every Monday at 8 we meet in Goodpaster Room 186, focusing on different campaigns, specifically the living wage campaign currently. We'd love to see your shining faces.

Upcoming events:
While we don't have any dates set in stone at this current time, we are going to organize a meeting between members of the presidential search committee and the student community to foster a dialogue. Other events will be organized as the campaign for wage justice on campus moves along.

How to contact us
Email us at smcmsds@gmail.com if you have any further questions,  inquiries, or want to learn more.

Follow us twitter:
@smcmsds (account for the club)
@StMarysWages (
account for the wage justice campaign)

Follow us on tumblr as well:
http://smcmwages.tumblr.com/

Read about us in The Point News!

Executive Circle

Abiola Akanni
(aoakanni@smcm.edu)
President

Ruth Tyson
(
rltyson@smcm.edu)
Secretary

Burkely Hermann
(bhermann@smcm.edu)
Director of Web Operations

Ashok Chandwaney
(
ashok.chandwaney@gmail.com)
Other Executive Circle member

Sahar Shafqat
(sshafqat@smcm.edu)

Faculty Advisor