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Ethan Chua

Stanford Students for Workers’ Rights endorses the Philippine Human Rights Act

Many of the service workers we organize with at Students for Workers’ Rights (SWR) are Filipino migrants, and we affirm that their individual stories and struggles must be situated within the broader frames of imperialism and capitalism. We at SWR also condemn the oppression of the Philippine labor movement by the Duterte regime, while affirming that the Philippine state’s brutal use of force is a reaction to the profound power of people’s struggle.

Why I’m not donating to Stanford post-graduation

As a graduating senior of the Class of 2020, and as an international student with class privilege, I’ve been reflecting on where to dedicate my financial resources post-graduation. It’s often customary for graduating seniors to donate a largely symbolic amount to their alma mater, as a token of gratitude and a sign of future commitment to their university. However, after witnessing Stanford’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its consistently lackluster response to the demands of the Black community, I cannot in good conscience donate a portion of my income to Stanford University’s general funds.

Mutual aid as radical hope

What’s particularly unique and cruel about the COVID-19 dystopia, however, is how much of it has emerged from the very conditions that allow many of us in the Global North to live comfortable, modern lives — the conditions of global capitalism.

Stanford: Contracted workers deserve the same benefits as your ‘regular’ employees

On March 16, Stanford University released its policy of pay continuation for workers whose hours would be affected by COVID-19. However, the University’s pay continuation policy contains a serious omission: It does not apply to the several hundred contracted workers who are not technically Stanford employees, yet who perform various essential functions on campus.

Stanford, stop choosing profit over workers’ well-being

Stanford is currently employing the services of Core Management Services (CMS), a “janitorial and custodial consulting company” whose business model entails maximizing profit at the expense of custodial staff’s job security, health, and overall well-being. As student activists who care deeply about service workers and their struggles for equity, we’ve been hearing troubling news from custodians who are worried about CMS’s preparations for the “time and motion study” Stanford has contracted it to perform in a transparent attempt to extract more labor from already overworked custodial staff.

A closer look at the Marawi City attacks

The current situation is not an isolated incident, but rather the latest in a prolonged series of conflicts between the Philippine government and insurgents based in Mindanao. In addition, President Duterte’s declaration of martial law has fueled fears of nationwide military rule.

Representation done right

"The Colorado" ignores the fact that indigenous communities are diverse and vibrant, and they comprise people of all ages - not just tribal elders safeguarding age-old secrets.

Rethinking ‘carpe diem’

I realized, first of all, that the freedom that college provided didn’t translate to a new self. Even though I was suddenly presented with opportunities that I’d never had before, I still started out the same person I was before I left the Philippines.

On terror

In 2017, terror continues within the borders of a nation whose leaders have long declared it their mission to stop it.

Forgotten histories

A few months ago, Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte broke off from his scripted speech at a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to launch into what many called a tirade about atrocities committed by the U.S. military in the aftermath of the Philippine-American War. President Duterte reminded delegates of how the ethnic peoples…

Loneliness and the liberal arts

The first few weeks starting at Stanford are lonely ones, though we don’t tend to admit it. Instead, the loneliness shows in smaller ways - long walks to downtown Palo Alto for boba with headphones on, a Marguerite ride where we lose count of the stops, Friday nights when it’s difficult to sleep with the music from the latest frat party booming through the windows. It’s got me wondering why, on a campus we half-jokingly refer to as paradise, the feeling of loneliness sinks in so deep in so many days.
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