The Stanford Israel Association (SIA) hosted an event celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut—or Israel Independence day—on Thursday at White Plaza.
In the wake of the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSD) in Parkland, Florida that left 17 students and faculty members dead, survivors of the shooting galvanized a national movement demanding gun reform. Exactly one month later, on Wednesday March 14, students at Stanford and in Palo Alto joined others around the country in a nationwide walkout for gun control.
The University received an email shortly after the Silicon Shutdown protest on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, “expressing concern and threatening to file a lawsuit,” according to an email to The Daily from Brad Hayward, senior director of strategic communications for the University.
Beginning 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning, organizers of the Palo Alto State of Emergency group led between 200 to 300 Stanford students and community members in a demonstration reacting to Monday’s grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown this past August.
On Oct. 29, students met in White Plaza to protest sexual assault and University inaction. Attendants brought pillows and mattresses to carry around for the rest of the day, in a stand of solidarity with victims everywhere.
On Friday, about 20 Stanford joined a group of 300 people demonstrating outside of the Mountain View Wal-Mart where President Obama was giving a private speech about climate change.
Fadi Quran ’10, president of Stanford Students for Palestinian Equal Rights (SPER) during the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 academic years, is still being held by Israeli security forces.