The 2017-2018 school year has begun, and students across the country are demonstrating that this year will be a year of action.
After it was announced that Trump planned to repeal DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), high school students in Denver, CO walked out of class and into the streets to demand that their friends and classmates be protected from the threat of deportation. A week or so later, high school students in Berkeley, CA did the same. They walked out of class and linked arms, forming a human chain around their high school chanting “No ban! No wall! Education for all!” Toward the end of September, high school students in Kansas staged a sit-in to demand that their school administration take action against students who had been spreading anti-trans hate speech. High school and college students are showing that our generation will not tolerate attacks on our classmates and friends, and that we are prepared to fight back.
Socialist Students started off the semester with meetings on campuses across the country around the theme “Capitalism vs. Socialism.” We discussed key questions like: “can you have capitalism without racism?” and “which system can end global warming?” Following these meetings, Socialist Students groups are working alongside others to mobilize to protect Dreamers on campus, organizing demonstrations against the far right, and planning for a national day of action in November to protest one year since Trump’s election.