Funk the War 5: I-69 edition. Funk the War on the Poor!

Join Students for a Democratic Society in a roving, anti-capitalist, dance party protest!

Take to the streets of DC in a militant action against the corporations responsible for building and funding the "NAFTA Superhighway," I-69. Let companies like JPMorgan, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and HNTB know that we've had enough of trade policies that displace communities in the US, exploit workers and youth abroad, and contribute to the destruction of the environment.

So put on your dancing shoes, and come meet SDS in Franklin Park at noon on Monday, July 28, to FUNK I-69!


Pictures of the Event:


Funk the War 4: War is a Waste of our Youth!

On June 20th, over 150 youth took back the streets of Washington D.C and thoroughly funked the war. The crowd of youth mostly came from local high schools and colleges, though some made came from as far away as Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, a four hour trek, for the day's action. Folks gathered in Franklin Park and were joined by passerby's starting at 4pm that Friday to begin the fourth musical storming of the streets. Students waved glittery signs, handed out fliers, and put up Funk the War stickers throughout the K street business district. Beats were dropped instead of bombs, and the onlookers couldn't help but smile as the youth expressed their disgust with the war in its 6th year.

Children of Men @ Summer Walk-In Theater

Come enjoy a walk-in movie with popcorn and sodas!

We'll be projecting the film onto the blank white wall of an abandoned house and discussing it in the parking lot of the grocery store right next door.

DC SDS Endorses May Day Actions at Malcom X Park

"The day will come when our silence will be more powerful than the voices you strangle today." - August Spies

Pickets at the RNC and DNC offices on Capitol Hill: 12:30 pm
Rally and March at Malcolm X Park: 4:00 pm

Our Demands:

  • Immigration Reform with Justice and Dignity for All

  • Stop the Raids, Deportations, and Use of No-Match Letters
  • Rescind the Anti-Immigrant Resolution in Prince William County
  • Declare the District of Columbia a Sanctuary City for Immigrants
  • Establish and Support Workers Centers in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia
  • Support the Right of Return for Mt. Pleasant Tenants Displaced by the Recent Fire

Can't Fake the Funk!

Funk the War infects the Anti-War Movement with Youth-Led Disco Militance!

Funk the War! Yes We Can! Disco Beats Are Back Again!

You can stand on the sidelines and yell obscenities at a World Can't Wait rally, you can scoff at a long-winded ANSWER march, but it's damn hard to argue with a sound system and several hundred kids dancing in the streets, isn't it?

On M19's unprecedented day of mass direct action against the war on Iraq in Washington, DC, the core of the largest and most militant event--among a whole field of radical and brave departures from the anti-war norm--were a wagon, a car battery, an mp3 player, and a 300 watt speaker. And a guy in a polar bear costume. And women in fairy wings. And glitter. And paint balloons. And 600 kids from all over the US roving through the streets of DC, blocking traffic at will, dancing into war-profiteer offices, mussing up the facade of a recruiting station (twice), and locking down in intersections in complete defiance of a somewhat hapless Metropolitan Police Department--all to the backing of the occasional Donna Reed vocal.

Funk the War 3: A New Hope Takes Over

DC’s Business District Converted to Humongous Street Dance Party

Downtown Washington on March 19 was peppered with actions throughout the morning. Small blockades and theatrical lockdowns seemed to be popping up every few minutes. But suddenly, around noon, something roared, echoing throughout the hollow spaces between the sinister fortresses of the K Street war profiteering corporations… Something massive…

DC SDS, having originally planned for the action to meet up in Franklin Park, decided instead to meet in the middle of the busy intersection at 14th and K streets. Over 600 protestors, mostly students, started gathering for the single largest action to take place on the 5th Anniversary of the Iraq War.

When police attempted to push the dancing crowd out of the intersection, Funk the War 3 simply started on its way towards 13th and L, where a blockade at the American Petroleum Institute had been holding most of the intersection for hours. The space was flooded with energy as students pushed through the police line around the blockade and helped their comrades to their feet.

This coordination was characteristic of the broader DC actions that day as well as Funk the War itself. Though it was led and organized by DC SDS, it brought together a broad range of student groups: Student Peace Action Network, Campus Anti-War Network, Young Democratic Socialists, and the Our Spring Break Coalition all came together in the streets. The Baltimore Algebra Project, a tutoring and educational activism group led entirely by students, also participated. DC SDS hopes to build a strong relationship with this group, breaking out of single-issue activism to draw connections between the pitiful public education funding and the heaps of money given to weapons and oil corporations in Iraq.

March 19: Direct Action Against the War

Join DC SDS on March 19th for mass direct action in protest of the Iraq War!

A nationwide call has been put out by United for Peace & Justice (UFPJ), as well as the No War No Warming coalition, to converge in Washington DC on the 5th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq to take nonviolent direct action against the war machine.

This is NOT a march.

For the first time, UFPJ is calling for autonomous direct actions on a weekday, so instead of chanting at empty congressional buildings, we'll be interrupting business as usual for those promoting and profiting from war in Washington DC.

Let us know you're coming! If you are an SDS member, or want to be involved in our action, Sign up here on the UFPJ website , make sure to put "SDS" in the space for "Organization" and it will come straight to DC SDS. Also, be sure to fill out this form so that DC SDS can best meet your needs in March.

Funk the War 2: Electric Boogaloo!

Funk the War 2 brought the funk to K Street, War Profiteer's Row. Somewhere near a hundred of us came to shake what our momma's gave us at the pigs who profit off of this imperialist war. We funked up the Military Recruitment office and Lockheed Martin. We danced in front of Bechtel, the Washington Post, and the District of Colombia Republican Party HQ. This was an Iraq Moratorium action hosted by the DC Chapter of the Students for a Democratic Society. Get ready: Funk the War 3: A New Hope is gonna be huge!

Pictures from GMU SDS'er Chloë Briedé’s Flickr page

    Our hit list (in the video, not during Funk the War 2):

  • Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five - Scorpio
  • M.I.A. - Paper Planes
  • Atari Teenage Riot - Kids Are United
  • Operation Ivy - Unity
  • Junk Yard Band - Loose Booty
  • Junk Yard Band - The Word
  • MC5 - Kick out the Jams
  • Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five - Scorpio
    Our shit list:

  • Washington Post
  • Bechtel
  • Lockheed Martin
  • K Street
  • Military Recruiters
  • DC Republican Party

Download the Soundtrack for Funk the War 2: electric boogaloo!

Track List for the above.

Quartersheet flyer handed out at Funk the War 2: electric boogaloo

DC SDS in Solidarity with the Baltimore Algebra Project in Annapolis

11 Students for a Democratic Society, including 9 members of DC SDS drove out to Annapolis Wednesday morning to participate in a rally and civil disobedience to bring attention to the neglect of students in Baltimore public schools.

The Baltimore Algebra Project, a student-led inter-school coalition of inner city youths, called for a die-in at the State House in Maryland's state capital of Annapolis. Chanting "No Education, No Life!" 25 members of the Baltimore Algebra Project and their supporters were arrested for presenting a coffin to Governor O'Malley in absentia, representing the social death (and, chillingly pointed out by the picture on the coffin of Zachariah Hallback, a Baltimore Algebra project member who was recently shot to death in a robbery, actual deaths) of students who are denied a proper education. No charges were filed on any of the participants. Students for a Democratic society were 7 of the 25 arrests.

DC Students for a Democratic society applauds the self-organization of students for student liberation and the democratization of education that the Baltimore Algebra Project organizes, and hopes to work with them again in the future.

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