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Momentum Building for Student Protests Against the Iraq War

by Michael Graham |
March 16, 2008
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Across the United States, on campuses from Los Alamos High School to Harvard University and at all points in between, students are getting organized to commemorate the fifth year of the U.S. occupation of Iraq with rallies, marches, die-ins and civil disobedience. More than 80 student and youth organizations have endorsed a call from chapters of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) for campus-based protests from March 17-21.

Sarah Buchner, of the University of North Carolina at Asheville SDS said, “The costs of the Iraq war in human life, and even in dollars spent are outrageous. Students are fed up with the war and with the empty rhetoric from the presidential candidates about ‘timelines’ and ‘phased withdrawals.’ These nationwide simultaneous demonstrations are great because we, as students, can focus our efforts and create a big impact.”

The illegal imperialist war has at this point caused 1.2 million Iraqis to lose their lives. Soon the 4000th U.S. soldier will be killed, with 30,000 wounded. $275 million per day are going to fund the war while people are suffering at home because of lack of services. With protests taking place in communities across the U.S. and large rallies planned in some cities, the actions of SDS and other student organizations will make an important contribution to the broader movement to end the occupation of Iraq.

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