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And yet on March 1st, SDS is determined to engender a “nationally coordinated mass action” in order to “turn back the tide of austerity.”
What kind of mass action is anyone’s guess, but considering the guest list — “students, teachers, workers, and parents from all levels of education –pre-K-12 through higher education in public and private institutions–and all Occupy assemblies, labor unions, and organizations of oppressed communities” — it doesn’t take a stretch of the imagination to envision some of these protests getting out of hand. A 2010 Day of Action saw the arrest of 15 protesters after they threw punches and hurled ice chunks at campus officers at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. More than 150 students were arrested in Oakland after they blocked Interstate 880. In Northern California, protesters blocked gates at two universities, smashed car windows, and intimidated visitors to the campuses.
And that was prior to the birth of the OWS movement. They too had a Day of Action on November 17, 2011. A total of 544 people were arrested in 14 cities around the nation, including 300 people arrested in New York and 72 in LA. One day earlier, 100 were arrested in San Francisco. Furthermore, since the OWS movement began, 6506 documented arrests in 110 American cities have occurred. Thus, when SDS says it is up to “each school and organization to determine what local and regional actions–such as strikes, walkouts, occupations, marches, etc.–they will take to say no to business as usual” and tell protesters to make March 1st “a day to remember” and remind them that “Education is a right, now is the time to fight!” they are instigating something that could quickly spin out of control.
None of this should surprise anyone. Every Day of Action, every OWS protest, and a substantial amount of union thuggery, is another facet of the ongoing campaign to divide Americans by class and foment hatred toward the Left’s political enemies (which now includes college administrators). Bringing chaos to civil society is the objective — the latest incarnation of a much older movement with the same roots in Marxism that has produced untold misery and more than 100 million deaths around the world.
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