Pat Korte

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Patrick "Pat" Korte (born February 13, 1988) is an American political activist and a co-founder of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). Korte and Jessica Rapchik led students across the United States in reorganizing SDS in 2006.[1]

According to the New York Times Korte, then a sophomore at the New School, in Greenwich Village, sought to differentiate the 2006 SDS from its 1960's predecessor by noting:

  • “One of our strengths is having a clear understanding of what went wrong in the ’60s.”
  • “We know the drive for revolutionary change is correct, but blowing up buildings is not going to get us anywhere. Nor is joining the Democratic Party.”

In addition to his role in the rebirth of SDS, as a high school student Korte was involved with the American Civil Liberties Union and was active in the anti-war movement. He was also an organizer for World Can't Wait: Drive Out The Bush Regime in late 2005, but eventually became disillusioned and left that group.[2] He is currently a member of the interim consultative committee of the International Organization for a Participatory Society.[3]


  1. ^ Claire Provost (2007-11-19). "Why American students are hunger striking". New Statesman. Retrieved 2008-12-08. "A call to relaunch the organization went out in January 2006, organized by high school students Jessica Rapchick and Pat Korte." 
  2. ^ "The '60s Are Gone, But One of Its Most Controversial Organizations Is Back". AlterNet. 2007-03-22. Retrieved 2008-08-29. 
  3. ^ "Interim Committee". International Organization for a Participatory Society. 2012-05-12. Archived from the original on 2012-05-12. Retrieved 2012-08-02.