Students Organize for Chicago Conference Against War and Imperialism

January 18, 2004

The following news item was submitted by a member of the Youth and Students for a Democratic Foreign Policy (YSDFP).

The Youth and Students for a Democratic Foreign Policy (YSDFP) is vigorously joining in the work of organizing for the Chicago Conference Against War and Imperialism.

As colleges begin their Spring semester, the YSDFP is sending teams to schools throughout the region to popularize the conference and the program of struggle against war and imperialism.

Already the YSDFP has visited 5 campuses, setting up literature tables, distributing information and initiating discussion.

At each and every school, students eagerly gathered around the YSDFP table and engaged in continuous discussions. They spoke with great passion against the U.S. war in Iraq and the so-called "war on terrorism." Intense political discussions centered on such questions as the extreme militarism of the Bush Doctrine of "preemptive strike."

Students also discussed the question of how to advance the anti-war movement. Most recognized that the problem is much deeper than Bush because the war program is arising from the interests of the big corporations which control the government. Many students spoke out against the Democrats who have consistently supported the war program. Students are looking for a real alternative -- a real way to end the war program -- and wanted to find out more about the anti-imperialist politics of the YSDFP. Many students signed up to keep in contact and expressed interest in attending the Conference Against War and Imperialism. In addition, professors at some schools invited the YSDFP to visit their classes and initiate anti-war discussions.

The enthusiasm of so many students for anti-war, anti-imperialist politics deepens our conviction to carry this struggle through and help strengthen independent, anti-imperialist politics which reflects the drive of our country's youth and students.