‘Socialism’ not a dirty word, student organization says – The Daily Aztec

Protesters hold signs advocating for the International Youth and Students for Social Equality during a February protest in front of Hepner Hall.

Kristian Carreon

Kristian Carreon

Protesters hold signs advocating for the International Youth and Students for Social Equality during a February protest in front of Hepner Hall.

by Amber Nelson, Contributor

International Youth and Students for Social Equality is a political organization at San Diego State working toward the revival of the international socialist movement through the mobilization of the working class, as well as students at SDSU.

Members say IYSSE welcomes students who feel disconnected from the current political parties.

“For any of those disenfranchised with American politics today, which we believe a lot of people are, we are providing an alternative,” said IYSSE president and political science graduate student Sheen Adane. “Our underlying goals are: No to war, the right to a decent paying job, the right to health care (and) the right to quality education.”

IYSSE aims to spread the ideology of international socialism this year by educating members of the SDSU community on the history and message of socialism.

“We’re going to have guest speakers and special panels,” said IYSSE member Kevin Mitchell, who is not an SDSU student but helped start the organization at SDSU. “We think that without an understanding of history, you’re really clueless as to what the way forward is.”

Alane said the IYSSE has frequent guest speakers, including David North, the chairman of the Socialist Equality Party. This October, they will also be screening the film “Tsar to Lenin,” which documents the Russian Revolution.

Mitchell said that students play a key role in the mobilization of the working class and that they can be a large part of the international socialist movement.

“We think the struggles of students are inseparable from the struggles of the working…

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