For Immediate Release
Students to Protest Afghanistan War on 25 Campuses
Demonstrations mark 8th anniversary of Afghan War–demand immediate U.S./NATO withdrawal
Nationwide - Students on 25 campuses across the United States will protest eight
long years of war against and occupation of the people of Afghanistan,
on Wednesday October 7. Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), a
nation-wide student organization committed to activism for peace,
justice and equality, are organizing the protest.
“We are outraged by the daily loss of life and devastation caused by
the U.S. military in Afghanistan,” Daniel Ginsberg-Jaeckle, a member of
SDS in Milwaukee, WI. “For eight years this occupation has brought
nothing but misery, poverty and suffering to the Afghan people. The
U.S. and NATO need to get out now.”
The protests come on the heels of the largest loss of life for U.S.
occupation forces in a year. On Sunday October 4, anti-occupation
fighters in Afghanistan killed nine U.S. soldiers in a series of
attacks. So far, 869 U.S. troops are dead in Afghanistan since the
occupation began in 2001 – with over a quarter of those killed in the
past ten months alone. There are over 4,000 U.S. wounded.
U.S. and NATO occupation forces do not keep track of civilian
casualties, but many estimate that U.S. air strikes and gunfire have
killed tens of thousands of Afghanis. Just last month, U.S. air strikes
killed over 90 Afghan civilians in the northern Afghan village of Omar
Kheil. A similar strike in Farah province on May 4 this year killed 147
“The U.S. occupation is a disaster for Afghanistan, just like it is
for Iraq. The Afghan people will never have stability and peace until
the U.S. leaves”, said Stephanie Taylor, a member of SDS at the
University of Minnesota.
The organizers of the October 7th protests note that the
war and occupation of Afghanistan is linked to U.S. interests in
controlling strategic energy resources and markets in central Asia.
Jenae Stainer, an SDS organizer in Tuscaloosa, Alabama explains, “Our
government wants to keep us ignorant about the real reasons and true
costs of war both at home and in Afghanistan. That is why organizing to
stop the war is so important.”
Organizers of the October 7th actions say they will
continue to initiate demonstrations to protest the occupation of
Afghanistan until all U.S. and NATO forces leave the country. “We will
keep speaking out and organizing to support the people of Afghanistan
in their struggle for independence from U.S. occupation,” said
Ginsberg-Jaeckle. “We will continue to demand that the U.S. government
stop spending money on war and occupation, and fund people’s needs here
at home, including education, housing, jobs, and healthcare.”
U.S. Out of Afghanistan Now!
Fund Education, Not Occupation!
The SDS Anti-War Working Group exists to help coordinate national SDS anti-war activity. For more information, please contact Daniel Ginsberg-Jaeckle at 608-658-5480. More information, reports, and organizing materials are available on the SDS Antiwar Working Group’s homepage at http://sdsantiwar.wordpress.com.