What is SDS?
We are entirely student and youth-led and have over 100 active chapters in high schools, colleges, universities, and cities all over the country.
OUR TIME, OUR MOVEMENT
We are living in scary times. Everywhere we look there are huge economic, environmental, and political problems that require urgent solutions.
Many of us want to do something to help, but the problems can feel overwhelming.
What can one person do to have an impact? Where do we start? Our generation holds tremendous power to change our world in crisis, yet many of us don't know where to begin.
As Students for a Democratic Society, we know that change happens from the bottom up. Building a strong organization is all about combining our individual power into something much greater than the sum of its parts.
SDS is committed to building a strong organization and growing a popular movement for student power to unite the youth of America and save this country from disaster.
We are going to take back our schools, our communities, and our nation - and we are going to win, because millions of people are stronger than millions of dollars. This is the fight of our life!
ORGANIZE FOR STUDENT POWER!
SDS is about being an organizer, not an activist. We wrote a document, "Who We Are, What We Are Building," to give us vision for the organization and the popular movement we want to build. It reads,
"Activists are people who take action to make change in society.
Organizers are activists who also work to bring many other people into movements.
They help build organizations and spaces that engage and activate new people.
As organizers, we try to meet people where they are, listen to their concerns, and help to amplify their voices.
SDS will build a culture of organizing, in which we are always reaching out to people, working with them, building alliances, and creating empowering spaces to make change together."
An organizer creates spaces for other people to become organizers - and the cycle continues until we win our campaigns and change the fundamental institutions of society.
Why is organizing so important? Because we need lots of people working together to win!
We're up against people with tremendous power and privilege, people with much wealth and little sense of responsibility to anyone but themselves.
If we're going to bring them down, we need people power.