[Dis]orientation Guide 2017-18 (Stanford University)

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Intro
Activist Tour
History of Stanford Building Names
Stanford and the Bay Area Housing Crisis
The Hoover Institution
Stanford Imperialism
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When the "lndian Was Mascot
Dining Hall and Service Worker Campaign
The Board of Trustees
Hey, Get Over Yourself
Lies and Deceits of the Stanford Review
Finessing Stanford
Prison Divestment
Sexual Assault : Who Are We Fighting For?
Liberalism vs. Conservatism: The Two-Headed Ass
How to Land the Perfect Tech Internship
Free Speech 101
Police Abolition 101
Privilege 101

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Accessibility and Disability 101
Capitalism 101
Protesting 101
Time Management 101
Organizing Principles 101

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Black Feminism 101
Poem: When 3 Black Women by Jamayka Young,
Ashlea Haney and Sojourner Ahebee
Mini-Zine Interlude by Lina Khoeur
Heterosexual Questionnaire

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Orgs to Plug Into
Asian-American Theatre Project
Quotes and Outro

intro
welcome to the disorientation guide. this is a labor of stanford
students, so do not let the University co-opt it. this guide is a place
of

destabilization,
divestment,
and dispossession.
> >destabilize your solidified sense of reality<<
>>divest from capitalist exploitation<<
> >dispossess yourself of the need to possess<<
intermingled with many things, this is a collective attempt to
rupture the violent apathy of this school.
.&.do not be deceived by the beauty and color of the campus - it
lies on land stolen from the Muwekma Ohlone people. Lt.
.&.don't be deceived by the grandeur of the buildings - they've
bee n structured with and by eugenicist white supremacist thought .

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to counter this mind fuckery, we want to portray this landscape of
imperialist white supremacist capitalist patriarchy (credit to bell
hooks) our bodies exist in. we also wanted to acknowledge the
radicalism and resistance that has happened and is happening
here.

so we 're not here to fuck shit up, shit is already
fucked up.
it is and always has been. to reduce this to just politics and
opinion denies the real struggle that this guide is part of. this
guide (unlike the other guides provided by this school) will not
seek to frame your mind and te ll you how to think. it will simply
ask you to unthink. to decolonize (however you inte rpret that). so
slap the fuck out of it, there is shit to be done. we hope that in
reading this you join the struggle towards co llective liberation in
all the different ways people can be free. we want to both honor
the past of resistance here and fight to continue it.

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Black Community Services Center
DGen Office
El Centro Chicano y Latino
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Native American Cultural Center
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Sit-in for Divestment from South Africa
MEChA Hunger Strike
Sleep Out for Food Service Workers
Books not Bombs
APls4Blacklives
Rainbow Agenda Demonstration
SCoPE Family Weekend

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ACTIVIST TOUR
Note: This is not a comprehensive timeline of all the activism that has occurred on campus.
Stanford students have been disrupting and challenging Stanfo rd for decades, but we were only
able to include some of the larger scale, more documented actions. Activism can take many forms,
and some of them are less flashy but still important nonetheless! Keep resisting, rebuilding, and
transforming Stanford.

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Black Student Union and NAACP staged a disruptive demonstration to raise
awareness of the murder of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri
Protesters blocked large parts of the street at the Circle of Death, holding signs
Protesters stood for 4.5 hours to match the time Michael Brown's body was left
outside in Ferguson on August 9

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Shutdown - November 25, 2014

The day after the non-indictment of Darren Wilson for the murder of Michael Brown,
students marched along University Avenue
The marchers stopped at Cogswell Plaza to commemorate and celebrate Michael
Brown and other stolen Black Lives

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Up, Walk Out - December 1, 2014

At nationally coordinated times students dropped their commitments and marched
into downtown Palo Alto to show that there could be "no business as usual"
Students shut down major intersections and read out the names of Black lives taken
by police violence

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- October 27, 2014

101Shutdown - December 3, 2014

In response to the non-indictment of the police officers who murdered Eric Garner
in New York, student protesters marched from White Plaza and shut down Highway

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The Stanford Asian American Activism Committee held a teach-in and community
discussion on Asian Pacific Islanders and Ferguson
The next day, API students held a demonstration in Main Quad to show solidarity
with Black Lives Matter and counteract the dominant narrative that APls are political
and indifferent

II #Stanford68




- December 4-5, 2014

- January 19, 2015

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, organizers shut down the San Mateo Bridge as part of
Black Lives Matter protests to #ReclaimMLK
Protesters also demonstrated solidarity with students from Ayotzinapa and
Palestinian liberation
Sixty-eight students were arrested and became known as the #Stanford68

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for Divestment

Led by the BSU and Stanford Out of South Africa Coalition , students sit-in for
Divestment all year in front of President Kennedy 's office

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for Food Service Workers - Spring 2002

The Stanford Labor Action Coalition (now called the Student Labor Alliance) and
the NAACP had a 4-day sleep out calling for higher wages for campus food service
workers
As a result, subcontracted cafe workers earned wage parity with Stanford dining
workers , resulting in significant raises

II Books


not Bombs - 2003-04

In March 2003 , around 500 students walk out to protest the Iraq War , in conjunction
with 30 ,000 to 50,000 students at 400 to 500 colleges nationwide
In 2004 , Students hold an anti-war rally and march to Hoover Tower to protest
the ties between the Hoover Institution and the Bush Administration ; after the
demonstration , students attend five faculty-taught "alternative classes" in Main Quad
on topics such as "The Culture of Fear and Bureaucratic Racism: Echoes from World
War II"

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from South Africa - 1984-85

Weekend - February 24, 2018

Stanford Coalition for Planning an Equitable 2035 formed to push Stanford to
develop more equitably and sustainably and address the housing crisis in the Bay
Area, beginning with their General Use Permit process
SCoPE held a walking tour of campus to hear from Stanford service workers, educate
the community about these issues, and uplift their vision for an equitable Stanford.
Students constructed large wooden houses faces that read "Our neighbors are being
displaced on Stanford 's watch " and "Why can't workers live on campus? Why can't we
provide for our whole Stanford family? "

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Back the Mic - April 8, 1968
Four days after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., Stanford held an allcampus assembly to address "Stanford's Response to White Racism" with a panel of
entirely white men
Seventy Black students and East Palo Alto community members walked onto stage
and took the mic from the provost and read a list of ten demands to increase
admissions , curriculum, hiring and representation for Black students and other
communities of color
As a result , Stanford established the Black Student Volunteer Center (now the Black
Community Services Center) and an African and Afro-American Studies program in

1969

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Agenda Demonstration

- May 14, 1987

The Asian American Student Association , Black Student Union , Movimiento
Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlan , and Stanford American Indian Organization formed
the Rainbow Agenda and dropped ten demands to improve conditions for students
of color at Stanford
Over 60 students interrupted Stanford's centennial celebration to present their
demands, which included: creation of an ethnic studies graduation requirement, a
high-level administration position dedicated to serving ethnic minorities , a permanent
rejection of the racist Indian mascot , and a larger space for the A3C

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of Western Culture Requirement

Faculty Senate voted to replace the previous Western Culture requirement with
Culture, Ideas, and Values, which included women and minority authors

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of '89 - May 15, 1989

Over 60 students, using the name "Agenda for Action Coalition:• occupied President
Kennedy's office and presented their demands
Over 50 students were arrested , and eight Black/Brown students were unfairly
singled out for especially serious charges
The action won significant victories , including the hiring of more faculty of color,
creation of a university committee to address minority issues, and expanded funding
and space for El Centro and the A3C

II MEChA


Hunger Strike - May 4-7, 1994

Sparked by the firing of progressive administrator and Casa Zapata Resident Fellow
Cecilia Burciaga and racial epithets against Latinx students at a movie showing,
MEChA lead a hunger strike demanding greater consideration of and support for the
Latinx community both on- and off-campus
The strike resulted in the development of Chicanx Studies as a major

II Concerned



Students for Asian American Studies - May 18, 1994

About two dozen students disrupted a Faculty Senate meeting advocating for the
establishment of a full Asian American studies program
Students presented a letter with over 700 student signatures supporting Asian
American studies and chanted, "Asian American studies now - Not another 20 years:•
referencing the first attempt in 1972 to establish a program .

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Studies in Race and Ethnicity - November 1996

Faculty Senate voted unanimously to approve a new program in Comparative Studies
in Race and Ethnicity after three decades of student struggle

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- March 1988

Studies Majors - 1997

Students can now major in Asian American Studies, Chicanx/Latinx Studies, and
Native American Studies
However, these majors are still under CSRE and not their own departments or
programs

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Professor Sohn was a queer Asian American Assistant Professor of English and
affiliated professor for CSRE, Modern Thought & Literature, and Asian American
Studies programs
This was the latest in a series of tenure denials to other faculty of color, including
Estelle Freedman, Akhil Gupta, Robert Warrior and Lora Romero
Students started a letter writing campaign and a change.org petition with over 1,600
signatures

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Hall on Faculty Diversity - May 5, 2014
SAAAC hosted a town hall on criticizing the Faculty Diversity Initiative for being
unclear and having no effect on hiring and retaining minority professors
From the town hall, the Who's Teaching Us campaign was initialized with a focus on:
hiring and retaining at least ten more faculty for ethnic studies programs, provide
transparency in the tenure process, change categorization criteria for student and
faculty demographics to disaggregate data, reinstate the pre-2008 fund allocation
to community centers, and keep the University accountable to their commitment to
faculty diversity

Demands Dropped - March 27, 2016
The campaign published its list of 25 demands, as well as a timelines with expectations
for administration response

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Campaign

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Junipero Serra was a missionary from the 1700s responsible for imposing Christianity,
suppressing local Native American culture, and contributing to the cultural and
physical genocide of Native Americans
2016: Native students drafted a resolution demanding that Stanford rename places
on campus {freshman dorms Junipero and Serra, Serra Mall, Serra House)
The resolution was passed by the ASSU and a Renaming Committee was formed, but
little progress has been made and students are still fighting for renaming
On November 15, 2017, students marched from Serra dorm, down Serra Mall, to
President Tessier-Lavigne's Office, where they demanded a meeting; as a result, two
new committees were created

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Implemented

Working groups of WTU members and Stanford administrators were created to
address their demands
Stanford Residential Education developed a comprehensive identity and cultural
humility training for residence staff

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Stephen Sohn denied tenur e - April 2014

Wage Campaign

- 2003 , 2007, 2010

2003: Stanford Labor Action Coalition and the Coalition for Labor Justice staged a
week-long hunger strike to rehire a fired worker speaking out for her rights; President
Hennessy agreed to create an advisory committee on workplace issues and the
worker was rehired, but little came out of the advisory committee
2007: Students held a hunger strike demanding a living wage for hired employees and
increased transparency in the subcontracting process
2010: Students held a rally for the Living Wage Campaign and marched to President
Hennessy's Office
Recently, students are fighting for dining hall service workers who are overworked
because the University refuses the hire more employees and promote casual workers

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Day March - May 1, 2006





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On May Day, the International Day of the Worker and the International Day of Action
for Human Rights, students, faculty, and employees joined a national march across
campus to show support for immigrant rights
Organized by the Student Coalition for Immigrant Rights, students gathered at
Ujamaa and proceeded to each ethnic theme dorm before ending with a candlelight
vigil at White Plaza to recognize the deaths of the many people trying to cross the
US border

That Weight - October 30, 2014
More than 130 students carried mattresses to White Plaza to show solidarity with
Emma Sulkowicz and other survivors of sexual assault on college campuses
Their goals included "mandatory, evidence-based education initiatives" and "expulsion
as a default sanction for students found responsible of sexual assault"

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Out of Occupied Palestine - 2014-15

A coalition of student groups, including AASA, BSU, MEChA, NAACP, MSAN, SAAAC,
SSQL, SJP,and many other organizations , formed Stanford Out of Occupied Palestine
to push the University to divest from multinational companies benefiting from human
rights violations in occupied Palestine
The Board of Trustees' Advisory Panel on Investment Responsibility and Licensing
refused to reevaluate its holdings

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Students organized an Indigenous People's Day Candlelight Vigil to honor the people
affected by colonialism , celebrate the folks who have survived, and mourn the
atrocities that Columbus and other colonizers inflicted
Several Native students and students from other organizations spoke and performed,
and this became a tradition repeated on Columbus Day each year

Weekend 2015 - April 23-24, 2015
The night before Admit Weekend 2015, students chalked statements highlighting
Stanford's complicity in sexual assault, racism, the Palestinian occupation, and other
.
issues
By the next morning, staff and students had washed off most of the chalk
Students protested at a Q&A event with President Hennessy, holding signs and
inviting prospective students to an educational event at the Black House , about
activism on campus

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People 's Day - October 14, 2015

Day of Remembrance

- November 20 , 2015

The Transgender Day of Remembrance is an international event celebrated annually
on Novemeber 20 to honor Rita Hester, whose still unsolved murder on November
28th, 1998 started the "Remembering Our Dead" web project and San Francisco
candlelight vigil in 1999
Stanford Students for Queer Liberation organized a die -in to memorialize transgender
people who have been murdered or who have committed suicide since Nov. 20, 2014
Students dressed in black and lay on the ground holding signs with statements of
solidarity , such as "I will educate myself and challenge complacency to end violence
against trans people." Organizers also distributed handmade cardboard signs, bearing
messages such as "Trans Power;' "Black Trans Lives Matter," and "Cis Complacency =
Consent," while student organizers read off almost 300 names of transgender people
killed worldwide

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Drop - February 21, 2018

Charles Murray, white supremacist author
of the Bell Curve, Losing Ground, and other
controversial works claiming a genetic basis
for IQ and calling for cuts to welfare , was
invited to speak alongside Francis Fukuyama
at the Hoover Institute, as part of Cardina
Conversations, a program intended to create
"discussions with
well-known
individuals
who hold contrasting views on consequential
subjects"
To criticize Stanford's complicity with white
supremacy and the Hoover lnstitute's nontransparent , non -representative process for
inviting speakers, a Coalition of Concerned
Students dropped a banner from Hoover
Tower reading "Stanford . Racism"

Against White Supremacy - February 22, 2018
During Charles Murray and Francis Fukuyama's discussion in Hoover Tower , students
organized a rally across the street
Students, faculty , and staff spoke and performed to uplift the vulnerable populations
targeted by Murray's hate and highlight their beauty, intelligence , and power

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Lives Her e - February 2018

The Racism Lives Here Too movement was created by a group of first-year minority
women and supported by a number of faculty of color after a law student received
anti-immigrant hate mail in their mailbox nearly three weeks ago
Students raised a banner reading "Racism Lives Here Too:• released an op-ed on forms
of racism present in the Law School , and posted fliers with quotes heard at the Law
School
Using the tagline "Said at SLS", posters included quotes such as "Minority students are
not as intelligent as white students ," "How much force are the police legally allowed
to use against black people?", "Mexicans are diluting our country :' and "If someone is
really starving , slavery starts to seem like a great deal. You get free food and shelter
and only have to give up a few rights."

Weekend 2017 - April 27, 2017
During the official welcome event in Memorial Auditorium , students from Stanford
Sanctuary Now , Students for the Liberation of All People, MEChA , and the Stanford
Student and Labor Alliance took the stage to protest for increased support for
undocumented students
Students stayed on stage for roughly an hour, staying silent during the administrators'
speeches but chanting during intermission
Earlier that year, the university rejected demands to declare Stanford a sanctuary
campus

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Against lslamophobia - November 14, 2017
In response to anti-Muslim author of the "Jihad Watch" blog Robert Spencer's
invitation to speak on campus, students organized a rally adjacent to the building
where he spoke
More than 140 students walked out of Spencer's talk and joined the rally after
approximately 25 minutes, leaving only approximately 20 people remaining in the
250 -seat auditorium

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American Activities Center (AJC)
Stanford's primary resource for Asian American student affairs and community
development was established in 1972
The A3C (pronounced "A cubed C") serves as a communal safe space and offers
mentorship programs, a weekly speaker series, a sibfam program , and support for
more than 40 Asian American Volunteer Student Organizations (VSOs) on campus

II Black



Community Services Center (BCSC)
The BCSC was founded in 1969 in response BSU's Take Back the Mic in 1968
The BCSC serves as a community space and provides leadership development,
individual advising, service learning opportunities, nd mentoring programs, and
supports more than 30 Black Student VSOs on campus

II Diversity



The DGen Office was founded in 2011 to support first-gen and/or low-income (FLI,
pronounced "fly") students
The DGen Office is a student-friendly hangout space, while offering diversity
resources and training, inter -group education through diversity labs in and out of
the classroom, a variety of community building and empowerment programs for FLI
students, and the Opportunity Fund f or emergency funds not covered by financial aid

II El Centro



and First Gen (DGen) Office

Chicano y Latino

El Centro was founded in 1978 to support the Chicanx and Latinx community
El Centro provides a welcoming community space and allows students to develop
academically , personally, socially and culturally by offering various mentorship,
leadership development, and community building programs

II Markaz



The Markaz, the Resource Center for Engagement with the Cultures and Peoples of
the Muslim World, was founded in 2013 from advocacy by students, faculty, and staff
The Markaz's name comes from the Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew, Turkish and Urdu word for
"center:• and they offer programs to facilitate dialogue and discussion around critical
social and political issues, promote wellness, and cultural development

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American Community

Center (NACC)

The NACC was founded in 1974, and it hosts the American Indian, Alaskan Native
and Native Hawaiian Program
In addition to providing a welcoming community space, the NACC provides academic
assistance, program coordination, mentorship, leadership opportunities, and advising
for the Native community at Stanford, beginning with a pre -orientation summer
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The QSpot, the LGBTQ+ Resource Center provides a welcoming space for students
celebrating, questioning, or struggling with sexual orientation and/or gender identity
The QSpot offers the Queer Campus Resources team, Sharing Our Stories at Stanford
(SOSAS) panels, affinity groups like Trans& and other queer student organizations,
and the campus-wide Gender - Inclusive Stanford (GIS) effort

II Women



's Community Center (WCC)

The WCC was founded in 1991 and serves as a community space to gather and foster
schola rship, leadership, and activism
Their programs include student leadership training , the yearly Stanford Women's
Leadership Conference, career development services, and free tutoring in
collaboration with the Society of Women Engineers

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The Chicanx/Latinx theme house was established in 1972
Murals throughout the walls were painted by Chicanx artists such as Jose Antonio
Burciaga and Zarco Guerrero

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Muwekma-Tah-Ruk , meaning "House of the People" and named in honor of the
Muwekma-Ohlone tribe of San Francisco, is the Native American theme house
The first Native American theme house was built in 1971- 72 in FloMo and moved to
several locations , before settling in its current stable location in 1988



II Okada


The Asian American theme dorm was first established in Junipero in 1971; the first
Asian theme dorms was established in 1917 and 1919 in response to white residents
kicking a Chinese student out of Encina Hall
The dorm was renamed Okada in 1981 in honor of John Okada , considered the first
Japanese American novelist, who wrote the novel No-No Boy about a Japanese
American after internment



II Ujamaa


Ujamaa, named after the Swahili word for "extended family " or "family hood," is the
African/African-American theme house
Ujamaa was first established in Cedro in 1970, and it moved to its current location
in 1974



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NAMES

JORDAN HALL
Named after David Starr Jordan , a eugenicist who published
many articles describing processes for "improving" the gene
pool. These articles later formed the cornerstone of the Nazi
eugenics programs . He also covered up the murder of Jane
Stanford.

KNIGHT MANAGEMENT CENTER
Named after Phil Knight , a co-founder
sweatshop labor to build up his brand.

of Nike . He used

TERMAN ENGINEERINGFOUNTAIN
Allegedly the fountain is named after Frederick Terman, who
created Silicon Valley by having Stanford lease out land to
high-tech companies. However , it could also be a reference to
his father , Lewis Terman, who was a prominent eugenicist and
highly influential part of his son's life .

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Junipero Serra was the administrator of the California mission
system . Under his administration, the missions enslaved
California Indians, converted them to Catholicism , and
destroyed much of California Indian society . The resulting
living conditions of the Indians were alike to a concentration
camp, and resulted in mass death. The counter-argument to
this being a bad thing is that he thought he was doing the right
thing.

STANFORDHIMSELF
See Stanford Imperialism

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Stanford and the Bay
Area Housing Crisis
Erica Knox & Stanford Coalition for Planning an Equitable 2035

Stanford is an epicenter of wealth in the Bay Area. Without Stanford
and the military, it is reasonable to say there would be no Silicon
Valley .1 Stanford continues to inject wealth into this region through
new companies, startups and alumni. Nearly half of all Stanford
graduates stay in the Bay Area , contributing to gentrification forces. 2

Stanford 's wealth is not shared by all Bay Area community
members . It certainly isn't even shared among Stanford community
members. Undergraduates are guaranteed four years of housing
and faculty are provided homeowners assistance . Though Stanford
staff and service workers have symbolic access to Stanford housing ,
very few actually receive housing. This means that Stanford forces
the lowest-income community members to enter the Bay Area
housing market. These workers end up commuting one, two, three
hours to Stanford . Workers who start or end work on off peak hours
do not benefit from Stanford 's transportation benefits - if they are
offered them. Stanford owns the equivalent amount of land to one
quarter of all of San Francisco. Yet, with all this space, Stanford does
not seem to have room for workers to live here .

Stanford 's wealth is not shared by all Bay Area community
members. It certainly isn't even shared among Stanford
community members. Undergraduates are guaranteed four
years of housing and faculty are provided homeowners
assistance . Though Stanford staff and service workers have
symbolic access to Stanford housing, very few actually receive

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housing. This means that Stanford forces the lowest -income
community members to enter the Bay Area housing market .
These workers end up commuting one , two, three hours to
Stanford. Workers who start or end work on off peak hours do
not benefit from Stanford 's transportation benefits- if they are
offered them. Stanford owns the equivalent amount of land to
one quarter of all of San Francisco. Yet, with all this space,
Stanford does not seem to have room for workers to live here.

One of the things we leave up to the market to
distribute is housing. Rather than assert housing as a
human fundamental right, our society accepts the
assumption that the market will distribute housing
fairly. However, as the Bay Area has become more
expensive, this market logic has led to more and
more people without safe and accessible housing. In
2017 , San Jose and San Francisco were two of the
top ten cities with the highest homeless populations .3

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How does this market-based distribution of housing
actually work? One mechanism for this distribution is
through the relationship between jobs and homes. There
are more jobs than homes in the Bay Area. These jobs,
especially high-wage tech jobs, mean that there are more
people looking for housing who are able to pay more for
housing. This coupled with the lack of development of
affordable housing means that cities across the Bay have
high ratios of jobs to housing. Our neighboring city of Palo
Alto has a ratio of 3 jobs per 1 home. The ratio of low
income jobs to affordable housing in Palo Alto is 6.82: 1.
These ratios can be attributed to the increasing amount of
wealth in the Bay Area.

As students, we are uniquely positioned to
influence the development of Stanford lands.
Every 18 years, Stanford gets permission from
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Adapted and updated from the 1996-199 7 CampusDisorientation Guide article "Stanford-Hoover
Connections" by Christine Dehlendorf and Hoover Fellows andAcademic Freedomfrom the campus
anti-Iraq War movement
The Hoover Institution is an ideologically driven entity that does not play by the rules of
other parts of the school. The supporters of the Hoover Institution, which is housed in the
immediately recognizable Hoover Tower, would have you believe that its association with
Stanford is invaluable as a source of scholars, speakers, research and archives for Stanford
students and faculty in their intellectual pursuits. In reality, however, the presence of this
"think tank" threatens the University's reputation and legitimacy. Both the Institution's
ideological bias and its distinct connection to Stanford, which gives it unwarranted influence
on the University, render it an undesirable resource at best and a dangerous presence at worst.
Originally founded in 1919 as a resource center to house library and archival materials relating
to World War I, the Hoover Institution was declared "an independent institution within the
frame of Stanford University" in 19 59 and freed from potential faculty interference. At the
same time Herbert Hoover, in a declaration to the University Board of Trustees stated;

"The purpose of this institution must be, by its researchand publications, to demonstrate the evils
of the doctrine of Karl Marx - whether communism,socialism, economic materialism or atheism thus to protect the American way of life from such ideologies, their conspiraciesand to reaffirm the
validity of the American system."-reported in the Stanford Daily, May 12, 1983
While supporters defend the Institution by stating that today's Hoover has moved on from
its Cold Warrior origins, and now comprises an eclectic group of scholars with diverse view
points, these claims of intellectual diversity ring hollow next to the institution's long history of
having a revolving door relationship between its Fellows and the administrations of Republican
governments. Ronald Reagan during his term as president credited the Hoover Institution
for providing "the knowledge base that made the changes now taking place in Washington
possible". Bush-era National Security Advisor and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice is a
Hoover fellow, and has been involved with the Institution and the University both before
and after her stint in government. Appointed to the office of Provost in 1992, she halted the
school's policy of applying affirmative action to tenure decisions, attempted to consolidate
ethnic community centers, and held office while the University dismantled Stanford
Workshops on Political Science and Social Issues (SWOPSI), a student-led course initiative
that proudly held courses on marginalized topics, from controversial AIDS programming in the
80s to environmentalism to ethnic studies. Synergy, one of the housing co-ops on campus,
owes its existence to this now-defunct program. In government, Rice would become one of
the architects of the Iraq war.
Other lower-profile Fellows of the Hoover Institution would play similar leading roles in
shaping the Bush Administration's disastrous Iraq policy. As reported by the Stanford Daily in
October 2002, the 31 member Defense Policy Board which, according to the Chicago Tribune
"[played] an influential role in pushing the Bush administration toward an invasion of Iraq",
had 8 Hoover fellows represented on the board. The open relationship between the Hoover
Institute and Republican administrations has continued into the Trump era, with current
Secretary of Defense Jim 'Mad Dog' Mattis having formerly been designated as an Annenberg
Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Institution.

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The question whether such an outside , conservative political bias has any place on campus
is further complicated by the Institution 's unique relationship with the University. Hoover is
allowed to craft its own identity while influencing Stanford 's identity and policies at the same
time. Joint appointments of Hoover Fellows with University departments are encouraged
by both establishments, though Stanford has no control over the majority of Hoover Fellow
appointments. Hoover Director Thomas W. Gilligan is a member of the University 's Executive
Cabinet , the highest level of policy organization at Stanford. Finally, the presence of such
a well-known and well-publicized conservative institution on campus affects Stanford 's
reputation as perceived by the national and international community , as well as influencing
which professors seek out tenured positions at Stanford University, thus influencing the
school's political development for generations to come. These examples suggest that Hoover
has an inappropriate influence over the University given that Stanford has little authority over
it and its political agenda.
Concrete incidents show the use of such leverage. In the early 1980's, for example , the Board
of Trustees unanimously approved the foundation of a Ronald Reagan museum and library
on campus as endorsed by the Hoover institution. That the project was moved elsewhere
after a massive wave of protest by activists in the student and faculty body is a testament to
the power of student protest , but does not erase the fact that , left unchecked , the Hoover
Institution attempts to influence campus politics. With respect to the Institution 's influence
on day-to-day politics in Stanford's academic departments , a 2004 inquiry found that of the
100 fellows , nearly 60 did some teaching or advising for Stanford students. Many of these are
courtesy appointments in which Hoover fellows teach classes for lower pay than a Stanford
professor.
Recently, the Hoover Institution has shown that it is not above directly meddling in student
political discourse. This past year, Institution championed an initiative called "Cardinal
Conversations", a series of public debates that would supposedly bring a "greater diversity
of viewpoints". "Greater diversity " proved to be code for a series of right-wing interventions ,
with the most controversial of these events hosting Charles Murray , whom the Southern
Poverty Law Center denounces as a peddler of racist pseudoscience , opposite Francis
Fukuyama, a modern champion of free-market economics.
In financial terms , all of Hoover's money is Stanford 's money. Checks intended for the
Institution are written to "Hoover institution , Stanford university ;' The Hoover account is a
Stanford account ; the Hoover endowment ($60 million) is a Stanford endowment ; Stanford
owns everything in the Hoover Institution buildings.
$1.15 million of tuition money goes to the Hoover libraries and archives , which are a
tremendous and often used resource for the Stanford community. The overall cost of the
libraries are about $6 million and the overall operating budget is
probably $30 million .
By continuing to host the Hoover Institution , not only does
Stanford directly fund and give space to an organization with an
avowed ideological doctrine supporting some of the worst
excesses of American imperialism , it allows these
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campaigns against California Indians and, as governor, signed
into law appropriation bills to fund those killing expeditions.
However, as we are often reminded, without the large fortune
he acquired through the railroads (built on stolen land) this
university would not exit. He also had a poor opinion of chinese
immigrants. He thought their presence would corrupt
The University itself is built in the style of a mission. A style
of architecture that became very popular during the uptick
in white supremacist in the late 1800's. Missions were
colonial settlements created by the Spanish to assimilate
California natives. While missions are taught in California
as having been morally ambiguous, the descendants
of indigenous people who survived the missions, and
indigenous people throughout the world who learn of
missions, see them as places of death and enslavement.
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When the ''Indian'' Was Mascot
by Denni Woodward, 1996 Disorientation Guide
Every year at t he time of Big Game you are very likely to hear some of Stanford's older
alumni reminiscing about the bygone days when the mascot was an "Indian:' They
reminisce about an Indian mascot that they were forced to give up - the Stanford mascot
they wish they could have kept. Folks might even look at you expecting you to understand
the mascot's history, maybe even feel guilty that it was taken from them, and perhaps
promise to change your mind and give it back. (On one occasion a group of enthusiastic
marketing types thought it might be clever to provide Stanford football fans with foam
rubber "axes" so they could do their own version of the "tomahawk chop" - sound
familiar?). So just what is the story about the Indian mascot at Stanford anyway?
The "Indian" became the mascot for Stanford's athletic teams in 1930 and continued as
such through 1970, its most common representation a caricature of a small Indian with a
big nose. In November 1970 a group of Nat ive Americans including Dean Chavers, Chris
McNeil, and Rick West presented to the acting Dean of Students a petition objecting
another incarnation of the Indian mascot, the live performances over 19 years at athletic
events by Timm Will iams, or Prince Lightfoot. The students believed the performances to
be a mockery of Indian religious practices . In January 1971, the Native American
stude nt s met with University President Richard Lyman to discuss the end of the mascot
performances. The first collective action established the Stanford American Indian
Organization.
In February of 1972, 55 Native Americans students and staff at Stanford presented a
peti tion to the University Ombudsperson who, in turn, presented it to President Lyman.
The 1972 petition urged that "the use of the Indian symbol be permanently discontinued"
- and further urged that the University "fulfill its promise to the students of its Native
American Program by improving and supporting the program and thereby making its
promise to improve N ative American education a reality:' The petition f urther stated that
the Stanford community was not sensitive to the humanity of Native Americans, that the
use of a race's name on entertainment displayed a lack of unders ta nding , and that a race
of humans cannot be ent ertainment. The mascot in all its manifestations was, the Indian
group maintained , stereotypical , offensive, and a mockery of Indian cultures . The group
suggested that the "University would be re nou ncing a grotesque ignorance that is has
previously condoned" by removing the Indian as Stanford's symbol , and by "retracting its
misuse of the Ind ian symbol" Stanford would be displaying a "readily progressive concern
for the American Indians of the Un ited States:'
When Ombudsperson Lois Amsterdam presented the petition to President Lyman in
February of 1972, she added her own understanding of the issue. "Stanfor d's continued
use of the Indian symbol in t he 1970s brings up to visibility a painful lack of sensitivity
and awareness on the part of the Univ ersity. All of us have in some way, by action or
inacti on , accepted and supported the use of the Indian symbol on campus . We did not do
so with malice , or with intent to defile a racial group. Rather, it was a reflection of our
society's absurd understanding, dulled perception and clouded vision. Sensitivity and
awareness do not come easily when ch ildish misrepresentations in games, history books ,
and motion pictures make up a large part of our experience:· President Lyman then made
the official decision to remove forever the Indian as Stanford's mascot.

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Dining Hall and Service Worker Campaign
Service workers are defined as hourly paid workers and members of the
SEIU 2007 Union - our local union here on campus! Many of these
workers, in fact most , have worked for Stanford for decades. Regardless of
how many departments these service workers maintain or how many
years of their lives they pour into this community , they have been largely
invisible to both students and the administration .

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For starters, almost all service workers struggle to
find affordable housing in the area, meaning that
the person who cleans your dorm every day might
commute at least two hours or more every
morning and again every night to do their job.
Service workers also deal with both implicit and
explicit discrimination in the workplace , as they
can be denied a promotion for "lack of English skills," which is often used as
a euphemism for having a noticeable Spanish accent when speaking
English.

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Requirements for jobs such as lead custodians have been altered to include
a GED or equivalent , disqualifying any custodian without a high school
education from being promoted, even if they have been working for
Stanford in that role for years. When asked about the professional
development the university provides to these workers so that they may
progress in their departments , Stanford hides behind their "STAP" funds,
which are funds that service workers can supposedly tap into for classes
and other development needs. However , one must first go through a
confusing on line process in order to understand the funds are there in the
first place, then make their request, and then complete their training on
their own time.

Now pair that process wi t h a ten- hour wo r k day, a two-hou r co mmute, and
somet imes a low compute r o r English lite racy o r maybe a lack of access to
a computer. Even if the wo rk er were able to ut ilize the ir STAP fu nds, GED
classes t aught th ro ugh R& D E's Stepping Sto nes progr am cost $500 each,
meani ng t hat it wou ld take a worke r many years to earn t heir GED, by
w hich ti me a promot ion may have already passed them by.

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Stanford has set its own workers up to fail in order to avoid paying for
the training necessary for them to progress.

When Stanford 's Central HR was confronted about this, they commented
that the "STAP funds were there, but they weren 't really there." To put it
simply, Stanford wrote the STAP funds into the service workers ' contract
as more of a publicity stunt than a promise to its workers.
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: hall workers face
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poor working conditions, overworking, injury,

mistreatment and intimidation from supervisors , and low to nonexistent
pay for overtime and working out of their class ex: someone who usually
prepares raw food does a dishwasher 's job too due to understaffing and
then does not get paid for it ). The dining hall workers petitioned R&DE this
past fall quarter, complaining about many of the things listed above. R&DE,
of course, took no action .

When students got involved during
fall quarter, R&DE had the audacity
to express surprise at the workers '
complaints . The complaints were
nothing
new - the
addition
of
student
voices
alongside
the
workers ' petition was. After a few
months
of
active
resistance,
including
a sticker
movement,
flyering , and video campaign, R&DE
made a few minor concessions such
as adding a bonus for workers who
recommend people for full time
work and allowing for a "floater " position in which one person can be a
substitute at any shorthanded dining hall.
These solutions were merely Band-Aids on what has clearly become a
much larger issue of trust and respect in the workplace. R&DE also had the
audacity to make workers wearing stickers saying "We Support Our Dining
dinner hours. his was a clear violation of

If you wish to get involved in these issues, SLAP, SCOPE, and SEIU 2007
have been extremely active in the advocacy around these issues. At the
very least , be sure to be respectful and kind every day to the service
workers that make this university what it is.

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It is important to know who the Stanford Board of Trusteesis, becausethey are in chargeof
appointing the president who appoints the faculty. Pleasenote the absurd length of the Board of
Trustees.PleaseALSOnote how many are CEOsof corporations.

Board of Trustees
1. Felix J. Baker, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Baker Brothers Investments,
New York , NY
2. Mary T. Barra, Chief Executive Officer, General Motors , Detroit, MI
3. Robert M. Bass, President, Keystone Group LP, Fort Worth , TX
4. Bret E. Comolli, Chairman , Asurion Corporation , Atherton , CA
5. RoAnn Costin, President, Wilderness Point Investments , Cambridge , MA
6. Michelle R. Clayman , Managing Partner & Chief Investment Officer, New
Amsterdam Partners LLC, New York , NY
7. Dipanjan Deb , CEO & Co-Founder , Francisco Partners , San Francisco, CA
8. Henry A Fernandez , Chairman and CEO , MSCI Inc., New York, NY
9. Angela S. Filo, Co-Founder , Yellow Chair Foundation, Palo Alto , CA
10. Sakurako D. Fisher, San Francisco, CA
11. Bradley A. Geier, Co-Managing Partner, Merlone Geier Partners , San Diego, CA
12. James D. Halper , Senior Advisor, Leonard Green & Partners, Los Angeles, CA
13. Christine U. Hazy, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Sketch Foundation, Los
Angeles, CA
14. Ronald B. Johnson , Founder & CEO, Enjoy, Menlo Park, CA
15. Tonia G. Karr, San Francisco, CA
16. Carol C. Lam, Sr. Vice President; Deputy General Counsel, Qualcomm, Inc., San
Diego , CA
17. Christy 0. Mac Lear, Vice Chairman, Sothebys Art Advisory , New York, NY
18. Kenneth E. Olivier, Chairman Emeritus, Dodge and Cox , San Francisco , CA
19. Carrie W. Penner, Chair of the Board, Walton Family Foundation , Aspen, CO
20. Ruth M. Porat, Chief Financial Officer , Alphabet Inc. and Google Inc., Mountain
View.CA
21. Laurene Powell Jobs, Founder/Chair , Emerson Collective , Palo Alto , CA
22. Jeffrey S. Raikes, Co-Founder, The Raikes Foundation , Seattle, WA
23. Mindy B. Rogers, Atherton, CA
24. Victoria B. Rogers, President, Rose Hills Foundation, Pasadena, CA
25. Kavitark Ram Shriram , Founder, Sherpalo Ventures, Menlo Park , CA
26. Ronald P. Spogli, Founding Partner , Freeman Spogli & Co., Los Angeles, CA
27. Srinija Srinivasan, Palo Alto , CA
28. Jeffrey E. Stone, Chairman Emeritus and Senior Partner, McDermott Will & Emery
LLP, Chicago IL
29. Gene T Sykes, Global Co-Head of M&A & Chairman , Goldman Sachs Group , Inc.,
Los Angeles, CA
30. Marc Tessier-Lavigne, President , Stanford University , Stanford, CA
31. Jerry Yang, AME Cloud Ventures, Palo Alto , CA

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We--people of color and Black people of color, low-income students, criminals
by nature in the eye of white supremacy, and concerned students not shielded
by Stanford's elitism--have had to grow up too soon in order to feel prepared to
combat the systemic injustices upheld by our individual communities and the
corporate force of inequality that is the United States. The bottom line is:
institutions of higher-education, in this case Stanford University, only propel
your perceptual tendency to uphold a white-savior complex. They do not expect
you to learn of different perspectives you claim you weren't exposed to while
growing up, to champion the idea that you profit off of your societal privileges
in one way or another, to use these privileges to support radical movements led
by the people who directly identify with those issues, to understand that
self-education through a basic desire to become "conscious" has to come before
expecting others to educate you, to know that you were granted with the right
to live your Iife without having to recognize America as an adversary against
your people, and to grasp the fact that you had 400 years of a head-start.

USE YOUR

PRIVILEGEFOR
THE BETTER

You come into Stanford thinking that it's worthwhile for you to pretend to care
about issues that you have never cared about. So before you expect those who
come from communities polar opposite of yours to feel any gratitude for your
surface level, white, liberal, sympat hy, try to be more open about issues without
putting yourself first . Use your privilege for the better , and listen to those who
are at the forefront of these movements. Get over yourself by listening and
sitting back. Listen.

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LIES AND DECEITS OF THE STANFORD REVIEW

The purpose of this guide is to highlight the ideas we think are important , the people we
love , and the change we want to see. However, we also must take a quick break to say, DO
NOT TRUSTTHE STANFORD REVIEW.Throughout many years of Stanford's history and
activist 's fights against for inclusion, justice, and equity , the review has always been lurking.
The Stanford Review has consistently demonized and misrepresented people of color,
activists , and basically anything that disagrees with the "Western Cannon." But instead of
explaining in our words, below are a few annotated examples of lies and misrepresentations
by the review .

Inclusion or Division?WhyWeShouldReThink EthnicThemedDor1ns

That colo rblind stuff

in Americansociety. Nonetheless, I believe that race should not
matter,and that universities- institutions with bold values at the
pinnacle of social progress- should take a strong stance on opposing
measures that calcify racialdivides.

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Strong an d virtuous societies are built on principles, not identity. By
amplifying characteristics that ar e exclusive to some, ethnic-the m ed
dorms encourage a sort of racial and ethnic factionalism that
dermines the strength of our campus community, When people feel

is not cutting it .
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attacks , professors,
and institutional
practices still
permeate this
campus, and we will
not be silent.

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lied about our fr iend Ocon going into th is
conservative conference to sabotage his campaign
and his ideas that counte r the cap italist and
national ist idea ls of the Turning Point USA.

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through a list of attendees obtained from an anonymous tipster, that
Michael Ocon attended a conference for conservative powerhouse
Turning Point USA.For those who don't know, Turning Point USAIs a
youth advocacy group founded by conservative activist Charlie Kirk.
As per their website. Turning Point's goal is to "identify, educate, train,
and organize students 10 promote the principles of freedom, free
markets, and limited government.•

So it is with great gusto that the Reviewannounces its endorsement of
the Khaled/Oconticket.

The Casefor a WesternCivilization
Requirementat Stanford
Thoughmany culturesinfluence our lives and our society,none
remotelyma tch the Western tradition'sinfluence.Its values guideour

"In accordance with Stanford's commlonent to educating Its students,
and in recognition of the unique role Western culture has had in
shaping our political, economic. and social institutions. Stanford
University should mandate that freshmen complete a two-quaner
Western Civtllzatl.on requirement covering the politics. history,
philosophy, and culture of the Western world.•

You're just going to act li ke the whole
Ame rican educat ion system is not the
history , structure , and rationa lity of
Western civi lizat ion ? And I don 't know
what you mean by a prosper ing
society , but if you are talking about
Am erica, which silences and imprisons
those w ith different bel iefs (see Mumia
Abu-Jama l) then your d efin ition of

Social awaren ess arises from a common set of values and norms .
Societies neither function nor p rosper without shared beli efs, values,
or customs. Even if on e disagrees wi th these principles an d tra ditions,

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FINESSING STANFORD
I am a FLI student here at Stanford. For those of you who do not know, it stands for Finessors
of Legal Income Uk, it actually means first generation or low income student). If you're a FLI
student you probably are already plotting on how to milk this institution for resources while
you have the chance. Whatever you think of add to this list! For the rest of you these tips
will still be helpful , but we hope that you will use them to help organize inside and outside of
campus.

1. ReadYour Emails
The first thing I will say is READ YOUR EMAIL. Sometimes it is
easy to become overwhelmed with fellowships and opportunities and accidently miss deadlines. Use your time wisely and
put effort into specific applications instead.

2. Pocket Money From Studies
Beyond fellowship and job opportunities (many of which you
can send to your communities at home as well) there are a
lot of paid studies you can participate in. Many times these
studies will give you cash or amazon cards. These funds can be
used for any from your personal expenses to materials for protest (paints , shirts etc). Look up Stanford GSB studies to start.

3. There are Art Grants every quarter
These grants provide financial support for producing on-campus performances and exhibitions featuring Stanford students.
Contact swilensk@stanford.edu if you have any questions.

4. Other Small Grants
Apply for a Small Grant. Plan to apply for funding at least two
months in advance of your project's start date. Consult the
UAR Grant Writing Timeline for more information.

Or apply for a Major Grant (Like the Chappell Lougee Scholarship for Sophomores) if you have a project in the humanities,
arts, or qualitative social sciences
If you are interested in attending some sort of conference, especially for organizing , you can even apply for a Conference
Grant.

5. ELFfund from your RFs
ResEd Experiential Learning Funds "values original and creative ideas, and programs that haven't been done before". If
you have want to organize and event to support a community
on campus, like workers or otherwise, and do not know where
to start this is a great place.

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6. VSO's Can Assist Organizersin Many Ways
If you are part of a group that came together out of concern
for an issue but are not an official Voluntary Student Organi zation (VSO) reach out to those who are to contribute vital
things for protests: water bottles, paint

7. JaneStanford Fellowship
Stanford might seem like a summer camp now, but this place
can be overwhelming and even suffocating at times. This fel lowship funds a gap quarter were you can design and imple ment a service experience that is important to you, ground
yourself or even help plan the next student revolution.
8. Lathrop and the Lending Library
Lathrop library allows all Stanford students to borrow (until
5pm the next day) camaras, mies, stands and even tablets. All
useful to documenting protests, walk outs, and narratives of
people's voices you want elevated on campus among other
things.
The Lending Library is more useful if you needed heavier
equipment: lights, stage material, big speakers all that good
stuff. All Stanford students are eligible to borrow equipment
for five days; items must be picked up on Thursdays and returned on Mondays during the specified open hours.

9. The Opportunity Fund
*THIS IS FOR FL/ STUDENTS ONLY* If you are experi encing some sort of hardship, if your laptop broke and you
can't buy a new one, if your parents really want to come see
you graduate but cannot afford it you can apply for emergency funding from the Opportunity Fund. There is no maximum
amount of times you can apply, however you will be asked for
proof of circumstances or purchase of items.

prison divestment
Date of Submission: September 16, 2016
Subject of Review: Prisons and the Prison Industrial Complex
Summary of the Issue

Despite a reduction in crime, incarceration rates in the United States
have soared by over 700% since the 1970s. Only one statistic among
many, this study describes a phenomenon known as mass inca rceration ,
which refers to the overwhelming increase in imprisonment since the
late 20th century. Many have traced the roots of mass incarceration to
the prison industrial complex, which describes "the overlapping interests
of government and industry that use surveillance , policing, and
imprisonment as solutions to economic , social and political problems:·
The complex relies on business arrangements between the government
and private corporations, which contribute to the design , maintenance ,
and support of prisons. Minimum occupancy statutes that insure large
incarce rated populations create conditions for enormous profit , which
comes at the expense of caging people , disrupting families , and
undermining communities. Affected groups are primarily Black , Brown ,
Indigenous , poor, undocumented, differently -abled , queer , and trans, and
the prison industrial complex serves as one of many institutionalized
methods to keep these populations oppressed.

Private prisons arose from concern over the growing costs of
incarce ration in the 1980s. These corporations contract with the
government to operate specific facilities, and are now responsible
for the care of 6% of state prisoners , 16% of federal prisoners , and
62% of people detained in immigration facilities. To maintain their
margin of profit, private prisons rely on a variety of tactics , all of which
are enabled through a broad system of banks , insurance companies, and
other financia I institutions. These institutions do not serve their supposed
societal purpose--that is, maintaining public safety and wellbeing a
providing a space for "criminals" to be rehabilitated. Rather, they create
conditions that lead to a cycle of violence that discourages reintegration
and fosters recidivism.

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Prison shou ld not be profitable , and there should be no state -sanctioned
incentives that make it so. This request aims to highlight the conseq uences
of what Michelle Alexander calls "The New Jim Crow ;' a system of mass
incarcerat ion imp licitl y supported by Stanford's ongoing investment. As our
peers at New York University have stated:

If we invest in prisons, we are betting that prisons
will continue to be profitable in th e forese eable futur e.
For prisons to continue to be profitable, that means
racializ ed mass incarceration ...will need to continu e.
So a bet on private pri son is a bet against the communities
and eve n the very lives of many at [Stanford and beyo nd~
To address this moral and financia l error, we request that the Trustees
investigate and act on the University 's investments, divesting from private
prison corporations and engaging its shareho lder r ights to better the
practices of private prison corporat ion stakeholders , prison support
ndustries , and prison labor beneficiaries.

Status : On Oct 11, 2017 the Board of Trustees fai led to divest from the
prison industry

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To be real, sexual violence affects way too many people as they pass through Stanford. The question is, how can we best respond? The answer is complicated and
hard to imagine within a dominant society that discredits survivors and upholds a
racist patriarchy. Looking at Stanford , the picture is very complicated. On one hand,
there is a huge lack of accountability of assaulters and sexual assault is embedded
in the rape culture that is present on this campus. On the other hand, from survivor
led activism and advocacy , there are some very valuable resources for survivors. In
a vision to change this culture and create different ways of interacting and being
that respect everyone's autonomy, we have to listen to survivors , their needs, and
center wo rk against sexual violence around their voices.
To envision and act in different ways of communicating and being , outside of racist,
sexist and exploitative (individualistic and capitalist) ways of thinking, is not easy
work at an institution like Stanford , that upholds the status quo. This institution
should not be confused with the activists , organizers , and survivors that continue to
push for change despite constantly being ignored , pushed to the side, and coopted.
The bureaucracy of Stanford administration and the lack of transparency add to the
difficulty. But so much of Stanford's impact is not in its explicit silencing of students
pushing for change , but around student mental health.
From a survivor-centered perspective, whether sexual violence happened on or
outside the campus, before or during college, there is trauma that takes different
forms for every person. The Confidential Support Team is a great support resource
for those who have gone through sexual violence. However, in the bigger picture
of mental health on campus, resources are understaffed, inadequate fo r many students, often short term , and in many situations has strict protocols that do not
adapt to the individual needs of many students. When Stanford fo rces students to
take time off and go home even if there are unstable or unhealthy home situatio ns,
or handcuffs students in mental health crisis into police cars in a very aggressive
way, Stanford dehumanizes students. It ignores individual circumstances and needs
despite the massive amount of money and resources it could dedicate to really being restorative in the way it app roaches care.
In America , sexual violence is intertwined with the idea of crime and punishment
that targets people of colo r and puts people in prison as a terrible solution to social problems of inequality and violence. "For many survivors, the experiences of
domestic violence, rape, and other forms of gender violence are bound up with
systems of incarceration and police vio lence. According to the ACL U, nearly 60% of
people in women's prison nationwide, and as many as 94% of some women's prison
populations, have a history of physical or sexual abuse before being incarcerated."
(from Survived and Punished national organizing initiative www.survivedandpunished.org) At Stanfo rd and beyond, let's center survivors and st rive to respond to
gendered sexual violence in ways that are community based, loving , and transformative.

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Liberalism , the culmination of Europe 's
enlightenment and the pillar of
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should change gradually to
accommodate the society they exist in,
rather than actively interfere in society.
These are the labels that one must fall
under, representing either side of the
proverbial story. Right? Right?
Looking closely at the definition of
either ideology, you can see that they
don't inherently contradict one another.
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of power these two ideologies work
wonderfully together to ensure you
retain that power. As an institutional
ideal, Liberalism holds that the role of
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Stanford is the stronghold of conservatism in California. It should come
as no surprise that the university would repeatedly invite islamophobists
and white supremacists. What other institution would welcome them as
warmly? In order to justify bringing such intellectual trash, Hoover, the IR
department and other american imperialism / white supremacy propagan dists use the rhetoric of free speech to push forward their ideology. This is
some bullshit.
Historically, free speech movements have been movements to resist insti tutions, like universities and governments , denying grassroots organiza tions from speaking out and protesting in public spaces. The primary goal
of free speech to insure that underrepresented voices have a platform.
Centuries of old white male supremacists so-called academics is platform
enough. Every single chapter of our history books is platform enough . The
White House is platform enough. We don't need to hear debate s about
the humanity of POCs, or speeches about how all muslims are terrorists.
We 've heard it all before.
Their ideology is not in danger. It is the ideology of the loudest group of
people in the world: the US political elite. You should be conscious of this
when organizing in response to right -wing propagandist events . You can't
take away the mic from them. They own all of them. Taking away this
singular mic won 't be nearly enough.
This is why we chose not to yell and interrupt the Robert Spencer event.
When Stanford College Republicans, along with off -campus right -win g
organizations invited this islamophobist , a few concerned students got to gether. The auditorium held about 300 people. The expected attendance
was about 15. We could 've barged in and stopped it from happening
but that was what they wanted us to do. It would have played into their
narrative of liberal snowflakes forbiddin g the truth from bein g spoken.
More importantly , it gave Robert Spencer and what he had to say too
much credit . Instead , by word of mouth we organized a group of stud ents,
filled up the entire auditorium , and after 10 minutes stood up and left.
We drained him of an audien ce. By the time the last ofp us left , there
remained a dozen confused angry racists in the room. We left that hatred
and joined a rally of hundreds that was waiting for us outside.
Organize coalitions widely . Debate ideas thoroughly. Stick to the plan.

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POLICE ABOLITION

101

so you wanna abolish the police?
first, it's important to unde rstand t he history of policing in the united states:
police sta rted out as forces to protect white settlers from Native peoples. in many southern
areas, police began as slave pat rols:
as you can see, the resemblance between cop badges and
slave patrol badges is qwhite uncanny ...
if you need more evidence that the police have always been an arm of white supremacy, police
regularly protect kkk members at rallies:
the police are here protecting a kkk rally in
connecticut. notice the sign the klan member holds,
reading "support your local police"
the connection
between the police and white supremacy is deep,
and so is the connection between the police and
capital! >:O in 19th and 20th century especially ,
police were recruited to help break strikes
without giving workers demands and to protect
strikebreakers.
the cent rists amongst you may be asking, but why can't we just reform the police into
something that does protect our communities?

>>>REFORM DOESN'TWORK <<<
f rom the comprehensive and well -studied MPD150 report, there have been multiple reforms
through the years to improve the Minneapolis Police Department's (MPD) relationship with
communities of colour through things like outreach and making the police seem less scary. the
problem with these reforms is:

no accountability (especially difficult when the police influence policy)

multiple demands for accountability failed

reforms can always be undone with new mayors and new police chiefs

surface level reforms failed to fix the racist and broken culture of MPD
"To believe that we are just one or two reforms awa y from turning the police into a tru sted
partner of the very communitie s it has treated like enemies to be conquered for a century
and a half... that is the ultimate in naive thinking! " -- MPD150 report
a police -free future

it can be hard to imagine what it's like to live in world with no police , and everyone may have
a different idea. here are some core concepts that need to be addressed when considering
police abolition:

Alternatives to police

Holding each other accountable without threat of violence

Decriminalisation

Mental health care
the first step that every individual can take towards a police -free future is DON 'T CALLTHE

COPS!
why? because it does more harm than good, especially in communities of colour when calling
the cops can mean a death sentence for black and brown people nearby . because it escalates
violent situations. because it puts vulnerable people in dangerous situations .

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if you f eel compelled to call the police , ask yourself these questions:

Conside r who we feel threatened by and why?

How do we define "safety "?

Do we feel unsafe in working -class neighborhoods , or around people with certain styles of
dress or colors of skin?

What prejudices ground this fear?
this next step requires more than a single person to do , but if you work with your community , these
are important and feasible strategies to work towards a police -free neighbourhood:

Hold/attend workshops in your community for:
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Conflict resolution
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First -aid
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Volunteer medic
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Self-defense

Protest police rec ruitment campaigns

Develop "cop -free zones" in our neighbourhoods
lastly , here are several situations where people commonly would call the police. a police -free future
requires out of the box thinking to find a solution without calling the police , and is completely
possible! i urge you to rethink calling the police , and to tell your neighbours and friends about these
alternatives :
you see someone damaging Property (especially corporate or "private"). ask yourself: is anyone
being hurt by "theft" or damage? if not , don't call the police!
2 . you think someone stole your property. instead of calling the police and bringing the threat of
violence into your neighbourhood , simply go to the police station to file a report. it 's the same
thing!
3.
you see someone acting Odd. ask if they 're OK , ask if they have a medical condition , ask if
they need help. do not call the police, especially if this person is mentally ill. in the worst case
scenario , the police murder mentally ill people. in the best case scenario , a suicidal person may
be restrained , hospitalised against their will, and stuck with a huge ambulance/hospital bill.
keep contacts of community resou rces like suicide hotlines!
4.
you see someone having car trouble. simply ask if they need help , or ask if you can call a tow
truck. there 's no need to bring the police into a situation like this.
5.
you see someone suspicious. check your impulse to call the cops. is their race , gender , class,
housing situation influencing your choice?
6.
your neighbours are being loud. go over and talk to them! get to know your neighbors with
community events like block parties. a police -f ree future is all about building strong communities.
7.
you see someone peeing in public . look away! for many houseless people , finding a bathroom
is really hard
8.
you see a homeless person. there 's no need to call the cops , ever . instead, contact community
resources like Bay Area Community Services (www.bayareacs.org/contact/). also, fight the root
cause of homelessness in the bay area -- evictions and gentrification!
9.
you see graffiti. street art is beautiful -- leave it alone. if it's hate speech , paint over it with some
friends
10 . you 're aware of a domestic violence situation . calling the cops is especially violent in this case,
because the police are required to make an arrest and in many cases, the victim ends up arrested.
reach out to the person being harmed and offer a place to stay , offer a ride somewhere , offer
to watch their children/pets. use community resources like safehouses and hotlines , instead of
bringing in the police .
1.

for your convenience , here are local hotlines you can use to start your journey towards building
strong communities and making police obsolete:


M ental Health Urgent Care: 1 (408) 885 -7855



CST Hotline: (650) 725 -9955



CAPS Hotline: (650) 723 -3785



The Bridge: (650) 723 -3392



Substance use hotline: 1(800)488 - 9919

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...' ,.,.,_,.,.,
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; PR IVI LE CE 101
People on this campus need to get over themselves , period. So much of
managing your own privilege comes from having critical self-awareness
and understanding you're not the most important person on the planet.
The many forms of oppression that exist in the world exist in spectrums,
and people need to be honest about where they lie with their relative
privileges. It's not as simple as an on and off switch, where you're either
oppressed or not. It's so multidimensional that no amount of literature ,
essays, or twitter threads will ever be able to fully capture all the ways
which capitalism oppresses people around the world. Still, everyone holds
a responsibility of understanding their privileges and learning how they can
help others with it, especially those with the most.
I grew up in a poor , black and brown neighborhood that was segregated
from all the white people , went to a terrible public school, and have
immigrant parents with health issues stemming from all the field labor
they had to do when they got here. Still, there are so many privileges I
know I hold, some of them realities that I've struggled to accept because
of my own ego. I'm Latino , and the majority of my ancestry comes from
indigenous people in Mexico. When people assume or say I'm white, I'd feel
like my entire identity was getting erased. The reality is, I'm pale as fuck and
I look /am a white latino. And I'm straight, cisgender, and now know I'll have
wealth when I grow up because I could sleep through all my classes and
that Stanford logo will still have me employed. I also have a driver 's license,
passport, and have most always been able bodied. So what if it sucks when
people think I'm white. That 's a lot of fucking privilege I gotta handle, and
I'm continually learning how to do that every day. When a cop stopped my
friends and I while we were walking around back home, I did everything I
could so that cop would think my name was Brad when I was talking to him.
We all drove home safe that night, and I'll take that over my feelings being
hurt any day of the week.
In and out of Stanford, more people have to think about the role privilege
plays in their life. Oppression isn't as simple as someone not liking you
because you're Black, or someone giving you a weird look because you and
your partner ain't straight. Different forms of oppression operate through
capitalism in a systematic and violent way. Privilege is so important to
understand because of the very real violence that exists because of them.
Understanding where you might in all of this doesn't erase your realities-it discovers them. If you think realizing your family kinda wealthy changes
the reality of the life you've lived , then that was never the reality to begin
with . Check yourself, check your friends , and be more intentional with your
self-awareness. It 's not just important for you- -it's important for everyone
around you.

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ACCESSIBILITY AND DISABILITY 101
SocialModel of Disability:






Traditionally , people have thought of disability in terms of the medical model;
namely , that a disabled person's body or mind itself is dysfunctional and must
be "fixed" to conform to societal norms. But in the past 50 years, activists and
disability studies scholars have redefined the way we think about disability.
The social model of disabilitystates that it is inaccessibility in society -- rather
than diagnoses -- that disable people.
The social model holds that disabi lity is not inherently a bad thing. The
ultimate goal is not to "fi x" peop le, but to remove barriers that prevent the
disabled people from living independently , achieving an education, and accessing institutions.
We live in a society that denigrates "otherness." Ours is a world that was able
to launch peop le into space decades ago but claims there are no resources to
make public buildings accessible to the disabled. Ours is a world where the
President of the United States has mocked and belittled the disabled. Ours is
a world that wants disabled people to be silent or out of sight because disabilities are unacceptable in a society that values productivity and perfection.

Accessibility
at Stanford:
Stanford is a more accessible campus than ot her similar schoo ls, but it still has a
long, long way to go. Sometimes, buildings are "technically" (legally) accessible ,
but are still practically inaccessible. The university is struggling to fund a Intro to
Disability Studies course. Th at being said, accommodations provided by the Office
of Accessible Education and the Diversity and Access offices make the campus a
more welcoming space for disabled students. Moreover , disabled student advocates have made a lot of strides in recent years. Recent efforts by Power2Act (the
disability rights advocacy group on campus) and the ASSU Executive Committee
have led to the founding of the Abilities Hub (A-hub) , a space on campus for
disabled students to hold meetings and social events, from movie screenings to office hours. Kids With Dreams also supports young disabled people in the broader
community.

DisabilityRightsActivism:
On Stanford's campus, Power2Act advocates for disabled students on campus.
Power2Act's next goals are to continue running the A-hub and to write accessibility reports for buildings on campus.
Nationally speaking, disab led activists have recently come into the spotlight
advocating against healthcare bill proposa ls that would slash Medicaid and harm
disabled people. Other goa ls for the disabled activist community are to promote
independent living , to protect the Americans with Disabil ities Act, to promote
the Disability Integration Act , and to make sure that disabled voices are heard in
decisions affecting our community.
Some of the most active groups include ADA PT, a radical disabled rights group
that uses non-violent direct actions and civil disobedience, Disability Rights
Education and Defense Fund (DREDF), and the National Council on Independent
Living (NCIL).

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Capitalism is an ever evolving system of power. It is a rather amorphous,
nebulous thing and to define it would be to reduce it, as it is always adapting itself to new economic structures . It is a mode of thought, an epistemology of abstraction and exploitation that seeps into everything we do ,
think, and say. Even Charles Darwin 's theories of evolution were influenced
by market theory. Capitalism centers around an economic system based
in a "free market " unfettered by government regulation. It necessitates a
system of individualized private property rights in which workers are alienated from their labor and a common ground of markets and prices exists.
Surplus value is necessary to ensure that profit is made. Under capitalism,
everything can be made into a commodity to be bought and sold, especially
land, labor, and money (which can make more money). Much of capitalism is speculative, it rests on systems of credit/debt. Karl Marx understood
capitalism as embodying "two freedoms ": freedom from wage labor and
freedom from the means of production.
It exists in the use of phrases like "spending time ," or the way Stanford
students feel compelled to maximize efficiency in a way that conflates time
with money. Within the United States (and most white countries in general), the capitalist system has always been grafted onto a racialized hierarchy
system, originating in slavery. During the Reagan presidency , racial stereotypes were manipulated to divert money for human needs to the military
which was justified by the"War on Drugs!'
Despite its universalizing tone, capitalism has a particularly radicalized and
gendered tone to it . Thus, women, people of color, trans people, queer people, have a particular stake in the destruction of capitalism. More than anything , capitalism is the violence of abstraction. Yet, the very understanding
that capitalism has been constructed (intentionally and violently) means
that it can be deconstructed.
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PROTESTING


101

Hellooo and welcome to Protesting 101. This is a huge topic! A disclaimer for those
of us trying to figure out protesting our first time : I'll try and outline some basics but
please do yourself a favor and spice this text up with some of your own research
before embarking on your protest journey . If your goal is not to end the institutions
of oppression that kill marginalized people: fuck off! I don't give a fuck about a
chain restaurant that you really liked closing. Stop reading and don't inconvenience
people going about their day for that. T hat said:

PLAN YOUR PROTEST!
So, something's going on and someone's gotta respond to it. That person is you. 0th
thing you need to decide is whether you need to do mo re research before you make
a move. Is this something that is directly affecting you? Have you consulted with
the people that the something does direct ly aff ect to know how they feel about it?
Once you've figured out your position relative to t he something, first thing you've
gotta know is who else is with you on this. If it's just you , don't worry about it. Single
people on monopods are shutting down the Mountain Valley Pipeline right now. A
single person anonymously posting signs and stickers around campus will receive
the same reaction as a group of people doing the same thing. Got comrades?
Three people can handcuff themselves together and to structures to shut down
entrances to buildings (look up more advanced tactics for immobility protest t han
uncomfortable cuffs). Ten people can hijack an event and take the mic. A note on
numbers: unless your work requires a high level of info rmation security , having more
people participate in your protest will make your group less arrestable and generally
make your protest higher profile. However , since this unive rsity is dominated by
apathetic techies , numbers can be hard to come by. Make do with what you have!
Once you've got an idea of the scale you want to work with , think about the impact
you want your protest to have and pick a tactic. Do you want to gather support
for a cause, disrupt, raise awareness , demand , or something else? Think about the
difference in tactics we see between activism associated with Black Lives Matter
and gun control. A highway shut down has vastly different effect than a rally. Taking
the mic at an event is sends a different message than standing outside and handing
out fliers as people walk in. Are you going to drop a banne r? Where? Throw up a
wheatpaste? Vandalize or sabotage something? THIS IS THE PART WHERE YOU
USEYOUR IMAGINATION! Someone invented the die-in. I'm gonna plug a teach in occupying MTL's office.
Whatever it may be, the tactic should match your goals/demands and your tone
should be appropriate for the cause you are protesting for. Chanting "poop poop
pee pee Stanford invests in the prison industry" would be pretty fucked up in
my opinion just saying. ALSO: consider the impact on everyo ne this action could
possibly affect. It's super cool to deface a wall with a pro-workers' rights message
until those workers have to clean it up. Shutting down a highway is incredible , but
what if your *insert identity(ies) that are abused by the police* friend is arrested?
(I'm gonna assume that you've already taken into account people being late for
work).

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That brings us to execution. Maintain information security. Keep it off 'ffedbook
if you can. Try to find a National Lawyers' Guild Legal Observer (or get trained)
to document the stuff t hat the cops/Stanford wi ll lie about. Publicize your shit
however you can, news outlets, twitter , whatever - Stanford is a brand name that
HATESbad press. Use a messaging service with end-to-end encryption (like Signal)
to communicate about details because you know the police are reading our texts.
In terms of organizational st ructure , that's definitely action dependent. A large
rally could have multip le committees for security, law enforcement liaison, Audio/
Visual, etc. etc. A banner drop might have spotters, droppers, police liaison, and
photographers. For your sit-i n or extended occupatio n you might want an executive
shot-caller to give the gtfo signal or maybe you want it to decide by consensus.
Consider having mini-goals for your action, so even if your demand is "Stanford
Divest from Wells Fargo" you could consider just trying to block the entrance or
hold space for a certain symbolic amount of time and still having a win even if
Stanford isn't falling over itself to get its money out of the t rash.
Special safety/legality/technicality
section. DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH ON THI S.
Stanf ord is a fucker and has a "f ree speech space" (white plaza) and "free speech
hours." They can enforce these dumbass codes because they can. Stanford students
challenged this in 1994 under Leonard Law and won btw. You never know how
Stanf ord will react. If you' re being nonviolent , odds are they'll call the cops to have
them on hand and try and have some likeable administrato r talk you down. Please
challenge the ambiguity of the Fundamenta l Standard with regard to protest if it is
within you r privilege. It is used so rarely but has a hugely chilling effect.
Police liaisons: your job is to de-escalate. Do not fuck around, your job is to keep
people safe. You can always buy more time by saying you need to consult with
your group bef ore making a decision. The cops wi ll usually give you a few warnings
before making a move for arrest but you can never really know. Be transparent
with your group about what the cops are t hreatening to do. Consider a traffic-light
system for quickly communicating arrest risk (many definitions here, maybe green:
cops not present, yellow: cops on scene, red: cops have ordered you to disperse a
few times.). The effects of getting wrapped up in the court system are terrible and
unlike ly to get you whe re you want to go (not saying that going to court is nota
legitimate tactic ofc).
Sustainability is key. I need y'all out of jail. I need you to stay alive and provide for
your communities if you can. Activism can be energizing , but it is without a doubt
inc redibly draining. Build trust and community with the people you organize actions
with. Debrief and celebrate after you escape t he clutches of the law. Be prepared
for people to need some time to regene rate after an actio n that didn't go so well
and check in to make sure you r f riends are alright. I know I said you can do this
alone earlier but you don't have took!!

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time management

101

A lot of times , campus activism can feel overwhelming and make you feel
as though you have to sacrifice other things such as your grades, sleep,
or mental health in order to be a successful campus activist. However,
campus activism does not need to be that way.

YOURGAMEPLAN
At the beginning of the semester, you can create a game plan. A list of
goals, campaigns, or other things you want to accomplish in the upcoming
semester . The game plan isn't a week one or week two plan, but a plan
for the whole semester.

Your game plan should take everything into account .
Timing:When are midterms? finals? When will people not be on campus?
Infrastructure:What does your group have the capacity to do? What can
your membership handle?
Responsibility: Who is the core of your group? Can they be held
accountable to make sure you accomplish your plan?

When you create a game plan , you should designate one person to make
sure you are on track to accomplish it . This way the goals can get solidly
implemented as the semester goes on, so your group can build power on
campus.

Organizing Principles 101









Be strategic -- know power
Relationship building, coalition building
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Do not be reactive
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Meet with people and think through things with people
If you stay ready, you don't have to get ready
Be aware of power dynamics
To lead the people you have to love the people , to save the
people you have to serve the people
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Accountability to a base
Understand intersecting front lines of struggle
° Collective struggle and knowledge

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Black Feminism 101
Feminism . It's for everyone , right? Wrong . While your "Of Course
I'm a Feminist" stickers are cute or whateva, let 's get one thing
clear : they are not for everyone . What does "Of course I'm a
Feminist " mean anyway? Well...obviously you ' re for equal pay,
equal opportunity, and equal treatment for and of women , yeah?
Yet when y'all fight for these rights , what do you advertise?
'Women get paid 77 cents to a dollar! Let's break the glass ceiling!'
Whoop dee freakin ' doo. But let 's look at the statistics. Who
exactly is getting paid 77 cents to a man 's dollar? White women .
And what do black women make? 64 cents . Latinx women? 56
cents . What about Native women? Immigrant women? Are y'all
gonna stop campaigning once that 77 becomes 100? And leave
black and brown women fighting for themselves? Women of color
are constantly a second thought when it comes to these
movements , if even a thought at all. Even down to the pink "pussy
hats" y'all decided to brand the 2017 Women's March with - OUR
PUSSIESARE NOT PINK. White women 's are , and they were the
only ones in mind . American Feminism is white feminism . And
frankly , calling white feminism "feminism " at all is gracious when
we look at voter turnout for sexual (and peadophilic) predators
like Donald Trump and Alabama senator Roy Moore . White
women showed up and showed out for these roaches in
disgraceful proportions : 52% and 63% of white female votes went
to these vermin , respectively . But I thought y'all were for women 's
rights? Or do victims of sexual assault not count? So where do we
turn after faced with the glaringly flawed and racist nature of
feminism in America? A great starting point is black feminist
theory . Black feminist theory has been groundbreaking in terms of
introducing intersectional feminism into the conversation .
So what is Black Feminism? [refer to scholarly text below]
Black feminism or womanism encompasses too rich a thing to say
quickly. Among the many, many things it is, it's important to note
that one of the things black feminist social and political thought is
not , and that 's new. lntersectionality (properly understood), is an
analytic , a way of understanding and responding to compounding
systems and experiences of oppression , an analytic black feminist
philosophers (some of whom studied at the Sorbonne , some of
whom never or barely escaped human bondage) have championed
for over 150 years . Alice Walker 's cheeky-serious poem (for what
better theory is there than a poem) offers some definitions of
womanism , of black feminism . My favorite parts aren 't the bits
about purple and lavender (although , yes! go awf, Alice), but the
bits about loving "love and food and roundness. " Black feminism

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is a political geometry , a round one, that punctures, bends, wraps
understanding to clarify a matter (like violence , sex/uality ,
economy , knowledge, sociality , subjectivity, the law) precisely by
pointing out its otherwise incomprehensible dimensions . Black
feminists of the past used to say that black feminism was
necessarily anti -racist, anti-sexist , anti-imperialist . The politic
gathered well the full reach of racial hetero-patriarchy and with it,
racial capital. It critiqued the terms of power and "inclusion ." All
of this continues to characterize black feminism. Generational
iterations of the politic/analytic have come to add other terms and
concerns like beauty and aesthetics, intimacy, safety,
representation, politics of respectability (properly understood) ,
public and institutional enactments of "misogynoir " (h/t Moya
Bailey), gender non-binarism , the importance of celebrating if,
perhaps scaling back the deification of, literary and political
heroes like Octavia Butler and "the Lorde." These terms and
concerns have been crucial. In more radical situations , there also
concerns about the encompassing problem of the prison nation
and racial/gender/sexual criminality . Black feminists , for example ,
fight against the gross discursive trick and massively harmful ,
paternalistic business of moves like FOSTA/SESTA,and we push on
the boundaries of queer . We agitate against the institutionalized
pathologization and bio -determinist attacks on black maternity,
body control , and rights to health and safety and survival on every
register - from Moynihan to Bloomberg to Carson . From what we
know of it over all this time , we can be sure that Black feminism
will grow and grow and grow as it always has , not as a
"movement " nor as a casual , en vogue interweaving into popular
discourse , but as a critical methodology for moving ever, ever
forward .

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When Three Blac k Women
dis•sent. noun
the expression or holding of opinions at variance with those previously ,
commonly , or officially held .
A Black Woman
Speaking up
Kinks, coils , and choruses of Black woman shrinkage their way into the
shadowed corners of classrooms
and lecture halls ,
in a world hellbent on silencing us, Black women have always been too
loud,
too aggressive
Words fired from lips big as these never taken seriously
Black girls always hushed
Mocked for the way their tongues weave words from bits and pieces of a
stolen language
Black girls afraid to answer questions in class like the weight of
oppression too heavy to even raise your hand
So here 's to the Blac k Girls speaking up when white noise tries to drown
us out
To the Black girls who refuse to allow institutions and administrations to
silence us
Here's to us
Using
Our voices
A Black Woman
Speaking back
Cause these words feel like water overwhelming
Overthrowing

And overflowing from my lips
the control of your hands gripping my hips

And I am sipping on my tea letting this water outpouring
Be soft in healing , destructive in breaking glass ceilings
As Black Women we have learned to consume from womb to tomb
Like sponges soaking up a reality constructed of our dismembered limbs

& we pick up each precious piece of our flesh and bone
Grind our teeth to make words into stone
And let these mouths Speak Back
Like nah you don 't really know me like that
And nah I'm not the type to sit back
And let you call me anything outside my name
Like you could tame these lips or twist this spine with shame
Never gonna shrink this body
Or bite this tongue
To make space for you within my lungs
And as the water floods from this mouth
Like rivers running South from the mountainous weight of our existence
Know that this blood is abounding in resistance

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A Black Woman
Speaking black be spellwork
Say there is an open mouth
Say the black mouth & the prayer do the same work
Say the black mouth & the river do the same work
Speak black is to gold is to light
like what mama 's mouth must have been aglow with
when she sealed the split ends of my hair with the spit from her tongue -magic
like what grandma's mouth must have been aglow with
when she spoke the recipe for the apple pie and her mouth became
lush and pink as a magnolia, each word dripping onto the kitchen floor --

.

magic
Like what Harriet 's mouth must have been aglow with when she named
the star
the would bring her people home, then slept soundly under it as the
hound dogs
tried to catch her scent - magic
Say the black mouth belongs to God, say speaking black belongs to God
and nothing belonging to Her could burn, could go silent, could weep for
too long
Like what Sojourner's mouth must have been aglow with
When she said not the boat that floated me here but what I did with the
water,
how I drank it and it sustained me -Magic.

dis•sent. verb
When three Black Womxn
Speak up
like the relentless tides of white water ain't tryna drown us out
Speak back
like the rippling from heavy raindrops that fall onto stagnant waters and
bring it Life
Speak black
like the one cracked fire hydrant in the hood full of sweet water flooding
all our blues away

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term , "Oriental".

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definition of Asia?

we can support and sustain intersectional

identities in a deeper way.

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Written during a period of relative lull in organizing movements at
Stanford and disconnect between organizations across campus, this
zine is a reflection of the endless conversations about race, class,
gender, sexuality, and power that prevail specifically at Stanford
university.
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activist/organizer identity, and queerness the summer after Michael
Brown. I woke up to the rise of #BlackLivesMatter, Stanford out of
Occupied Palestine, increased demand for support for students and
faculty of color, and the culture of Bay Area Organizing. My politics
are heavily shaped by the radical welcome and continued radical
love of Stanford Asian American Activism Committee, the Who's
Teaching Us Coalition, AP! Equality-Northern California, and Asian
Prisoner Support Committee.

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My experience at Stanford has been one of reclaiming identity,
combating ugliness within myself and growing with my sense of self:
introverted, logistical, joyful, and all. This work is guided by the
principles of organizing and culture that I grew up with and have
come to develop, but it does not mean it is the best one. History is
process, just as history is change, and change is process. Take what
works, and understand what doesn't.

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WHO AREWE COMMl"'TEDTO NURTURING?
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WHAT WORLDDO WE LEAVEFORTHOSEWHO SURVIVE
BFYONDOUR LIFETIME?

WE ARE FIGHTING FOR THERIGHTFOR OUR
COMMUNITIESTO THRIVE
WHY DO OUR ORGANIZATIONAL PRACTICESNOT
REFLECTTHEWORLD WE ARE TRYINGTO BUILD?

"THEREIS ALWAYS TIME FOR THERIGHTWORK."
"MOVE AT THESPEEDOF TRUST"
"WHEN YOU HAVE A COLLECTIVEVISION, YOU DON'T
HAVE TO SPENDALL YOUR TIME DRIVING PEOPLETO
YOUR VISION - ADAPTATION REDUCESEXHAUSTION"

-

adrienne

maree

brown

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H 0 N 0 R

Look Upwards:
We have high goals, but
if we reach for th em, they
are within our grasp!

One-leg balance:
Being a student organizer is hard
- you have to juggle jobs, ext racurriculars, unpaid organizing
and academics! Let us find
balance, and lean on others for
support when we need to.

Movement
consciousness.

T

H E

Remember our Roots:
We stand on the shoulders
of those who have laid the
foundation for th e work we
do today.

Lunge for justice:
Movement work tends to break
lin ear structur es of growth sometimes we tak e baby steps,
but other tim es, we mak e lunges!
We also sometimes gotta switch
directions (switch legs lol J

- Brea
work is intersectional. In this work, we are pulled every v v
Through all of this, remember that you, love, are the intE ~r
who you are, and t

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M 0 V E M E N T

Torso Twist:
It may feel like we're in this
alone, but rememb er that
we always have fellow
comrades, commiserators,
and celebrators <3

Downward Dog:
Bring down the dogs of capitalist
oppression! Feel your shoulder
blades and your legs, and
remember that we are strong,
and still have space to stretch.

Self-Wrap:
It's important to love and
recogn ize the community
around you, and it's just as
important to hold yourself with
the same lov e and grace.

Upward Dog:
Like underdogs, we rise with the
ability to dismantle old systems
while simu ltan eous ly breathing
life into the world we want to

see.

the hich way for movements that span political, conceptual, and spatial
·section. Allow yourself to sway, decay, and grow, but remain rooted in
10w you breathe.

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For my Quee rs in STEM

"the world is apparent ly full of les bian gulls"
Physics
o

Every sing le physics proof has an excep t ion , a
qual ification - that exception is not seen as destroying,
or negative; it's accepted as part of the explanation, and
means that we have room to grow, learn, and do better
in our understanding of theory

o

Wave -particle dua lity

o

Abundance through understanding of expansion of the
.

universe
Chaos Theory as it rela t es to move m ent organizing
Parallels between oppression/domination

of nature and domination

of

wom x n's bodies

"Mathematical inqueery challenges normativity and questions the
boundaries of social, identity, and mathematical categories.
Mathematical inqueery mathematizes the queer and queers
mathematics ."
Not only are dinoflaggellates

genderfluid, they're phylum -f luid

o

Sometimes, they're plants, anima listic, ace

o

There is no perception of their life cycle - they remain
undefinable by current foundat ional understandings of
life

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thatoneis
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RightsMovement
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Panthers
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are wed as "thegoodminority".
Butweare likeforestfires. Weneed
to burnttt createnewspacesfromwhichta grow.Without
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now.I p betweenorganizer/
activist- butit'sa systemthatworksin
tandem.I'mtryingta figureouthowto beboth&. at thesame.lime.

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The Heterosexual Questionnaire
1. What do you think caused your heter-osexualiity?
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2. When and how did you first dec ide you were
heterosexua l?
3. Is it possible that your heterosexua Iiity is just a phase
you may grow out of?

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4. Is it possible that your heterosexuality stems from a
fear of others of the,samesex?
5. If you have,never s tept wrth a member of your own sex,
is ctpossibl,e,that you migh,t be gay if you tliied it?
6. If heterosexua lity is norma l, why are so many menta l
patients heterosexual?'
7. Why do you heterosecua l people try to seduce others
into your Iifestyle?
8. Why do you flaunt your heterosexuality? Can[t you just
be who you arreand keep mtquiet?
,9. The great major ity of chi~dmolesters are heterosexu ,al.
Do you consider ft safe to expose your chtldrrento
heterosexual te ,achers?
10.With alllttie societal supp-0rttha1
t maliriage receives,
the divorce rate is spiraling. Why are there s,ofew

stable relatconslhips,among heterosexua l people?
11. Wh1y are heterosexual peop le so promisouous?
12,Wou Id you want your chiId ren to be heterose ,xual,
knowEngtlhe prob fems they would face, such as
heartbreak, disease, .and divor'ioo?
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for use here.

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BSU - Black Student Union
MEChA - Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan
SCoPE2035 - Student Coalition for Planning an
Equitable 2035
AASA - Asian American Student Association

SAAAC - Stanford Asian American Activism
Committee
MSU - Muslim Student Association

SLAP- Students for the Liberation of All People
SJP- Students for Justice in Palestine
JVP - Jewish Voices for Peace
SAIO - Stanford American Indian Association
PASU - Pilipino-American Student Union
SALA- Student and Labor Alliance
Power2Act - Disability Rights Advocacy Group
ISO - International Socialist Organization
FLIP - First Generation Low Income Partnership
NAACP - National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People
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so you've read the disorientation guide... but what is reflection and readingwithout
action?the following quotes have greatly impacted and influenced us, and we hope they
will do the same for you in being a call to action.
"The true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love." Ernesto Che Guevara
" In a nation whose great informing myth is that it has no great informing myth, familiarity
equaled timelessness." David Foster Wallace
"The white Liberal differs from the white Conservative only in one way; the Liberal is more
deceitful, more hypocritical, than the Conservative . Both want power, but the White
Liberal is the one who has perfected the art of posing as the Negro 's friend and benefactor
and by winning the friendship and support of the Negro, the White Liberal is able to use
the Negro as a pawn or a weapon in this political football game, that is constantly raging,
between the White Liberals and the White Conservatives . The American Negro is nothing ,
but a political football." Malcolm X

"They cripple the bird's wing , and then condemn it for not flying as fast as they. " Malcolm

X

The White liberal must see that the Negro needs not only love, but justice. It is not enough
to say, "We love Negroes, we have many Negro friends ." They must demand justice for
Negroes . Love that does not satisfy justice is no love at all. It is merely a sentimental
affection , little more than what one would love for a pet. Love at its best is justice
concretized . Love is unconditional. It is not conditional upon one's staying in his place or
watering down his demands in order to be considered respectable ...." Martin Luther King ,
Jr.
"Those who exist on the margin are perhaps the most qualified to critique the mainstream ,
because their experience reveals its limitation ." Jewel Amoah
" Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced ."
James Baldwin
" Inequality is not ordained by God, it is an unnatural societal construct ." Matthew E. Snipp
"The process of empowerment cannot be simplistically defined in accordance with our
own particular class interests . We must learn to lift as we climb ." Angela Davis

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" Desegregation is a joke." Nina Simone
"No other group in America has so had their identity socialized out of existence as have
black women ... When black people are talked about the focus tends to be on black men;
and when women are talked about the focus tends to be on white women ." bell hooks
"Revolution is not a one time event. " Audre Lorde
"You can't have capitalism w ithout racism." Malcolm X
"Bury the government and your liberty in the same hope less grave." Frederick Douglass
" No one colon izes innocently." A ime Cesaire
"No person is your friend who demands your silence, or den ies your right to grow. " Alice
Walker
"Because love is an act of courage , not of fear , love is commitment to others. No matter
where the oppressed are found, the act of love is commitment to their cause- the cause of
liberation ." Paulo Fre ire
"Revolution- the deep thoroughgoing transformation of a society from the ground up."
Mumia Abu-Jamal
"The young always inherit the revolution ."
Huey P. Newton

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Radical Book Recommendations:
They Came Before Columbus
We Should All Be Feminists

Black Like Me
Native Son

1984

T hrough My Eyes
T he Miseducation of the Negro

Dear /jeawele, or Feminist Manifesto in
Fifteen Suggestions

The Collection of Poems
T aste of Power : A Black Women 's Story

I Write W hat I Like
Shame of the Nation

Women, Cu lture , and Politics
Freedom is a Constant Struggle
Angela Davis an Autobiography

Black Skin, White Masks

Racism Without Racists

WhyAre All the Black KidsSitting Togetherin the
Cafeteria

Are Prisons Obsolete

Bad Feminist

I am Troy Davis
Demand the Impossible

Shadow of the Panther
Black Power
Feminism is fo r Everybody
Socialism Seriously
Black Liberation and Socialism
The A utobiography of Malcolm X
The Fire Next T ime

Antes De Ser Libre

Detroit: I Do Mind Dying

From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation
Black Jacobins
Rules for Radicals
A merican Apartheid
Emergent Strategy

The John Carlos Story

T he Black Feminist Reader

W hy Black Power

Discourse on Colonialism
We Want Freedom: A Life in the Black

M alcolm A to Z
M alcolm X as Cultu ral Hero and Other
Af rocentric Essays

Panther Party
Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Sto kely Speaks

Critical Race Theory: the critical writings

The A ssassination of Fred Hampton

that formed the movement
Borderlands/ La Frontera : The New

Between the W orld and M e
Homegoing
Power to the People: The W o rld of the Black
Panther

Mestiza
A Brief H istory of N eoliberalism

The New Jim Crow
W omen , Race and Class

Angela Davis, the Making of A Revolutionary

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