The rapid creation of new student groups over the past few years has taken the core of activist mobilization, split it into a hundred pieces and scattered them across campus.
From Vietnam-era anti-war posters to photographs of the Fossil Free Stanford protest, the University Archives work to actively transcribe history as it unfolds in the present.
Fascism 2,800 miles away is a different beast from fascism right here on the farm, and having a persistent and open conflict on campus would necessarily galvanize a drawn-out activist movement.
The problem now is that the reputation given by activists to the collective “administration” has stuck, even though the “Stanford” that activists fought against in 2014 is in many ways not the “Stanford” that we turn our sights to today.
We’ve got our movement; we know what we are resisting against; we know we’re in it for the long haul. But we don’t really yet have a way to act on our own terms – a way to win the slow burn of bad news attrition. It’s scarcely been a week, and I’m tired. Many of us are.
In December 2016, almost two years after my first walk down the path, representatives on the Working Group approved Scary Path for construction and reported that all permits had been obtained.
As organizational theorists would argue, Stanford University, like many other modern universities, is less a cohesive institution and more an “organized anarchy.” An institution organized in this way is difficult to understand, let alone organize against.
On Tuesday night, a hundred people gathered at Pigott Hall to begin organizing a unified coalition against oppression, hate and intolerance in the wake of the 2016 Presidential Election. In the audience were undergraduate and graduate students alike, as well as faculty and staff and non-Stanford-affiliated community members looking to contribute to the discussion. This meeting was an effort to bring together people – some of whom had never organized before – to strategize, organize and create a comprehensive coalition against hate and in support of marginalized and targeted communities.