Youth and Students Initiate New Anti-War Organization!

June 3, 2003

During the last week of May, a number of students and young workers in the Chicago area got together to found a new organization: Youth and Students for a Democratic Foreign Policy (YSDFP).

All the members of this new organization have been active in the struggle against the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq as well as other anti-war struggles. Their experience taught them the need to build a proactive anti-war movement.

In founding the YSDFP, the activists discussed the ongoing character of the U.S. government's so-called "war against terrorism" and the roots of this war program in the imperialist system. Everyone's experience confirmed that there is profound anti-war sentiment amongst the people and that the burning need is to offer a genuinely independent, anti-imperialist alternative.

The YSDFP mapped out practical plans for going amongst the students and youth on a consistent basis to help politicize and mobilize them in the anti-war struggles.

The founding statement of the YSDFP is reprinted below.

The program of Youth and Students for a Democratic Foreign Policy (YSDFP) is to mobilize and organize the youth and students as part of a proactive, anti-war movement.

While fighting against every aggressive measure of the U.S. government, we aim at:

- Ending U.S. aggression and intervention against other countries;

- The withdrawal of all U.S. troops stationed abroad;

- Ending U.S. participation in all aggressive military alliances and an end to U.S. support for all reactionary regimes;

- Ending the militarization of our country's economy;

- Recognition of the sovereignty of every country and the right of every nation to independence.

YSDFP recognizes that only the people can stop the war program and aggressive foreign policy of the U.S. government.

Therefore our work is based on the independent organization and mobilization of the people in opposition to, and struggle against, the parties of war and imperialism.