Coalition building, representing indigenous communities and building activist support systems were at the center of Wednesday night’s panel discussion on environmental justice at the Women’s Community Center (WCC).
On Monday, students walked out of classrooms across campus in support of environmental and racial justice at Stanford. Watch them in action here.
Stanford, Harvard and Yale exist as examples of private educational institutions that are highly complicit in global processes of wealth and knowledge extraction, along with anti-indigenous and anti-black violence. The institution we currently attend sits on land violently stolen from Ohlone peoples, who were forced into involuntary labor and suffered enormous abuse and death during the Mission Era. After the civil war, U.S. Army soldiers were conscripted to “bounty-hunt” Native Peoples for the purposes of land theft. The primary architect of this California Genocide was Leland Stanford, who was the governor of California at the time. Leland Stanford not only supported legislation that made the California Genocide state-sanctioned, but he also personally recruited soldiers to join the army that would hunt Native Peoples. The land Stanford now sits upon was bought with wealth and power amassed by Leland Stanford’s exploitation of Native People. He built his fortune through the Central Pacific Railroad, the completion of which led to the increased flow of the U.S. army into Plains Tribes’ territory and the near-decimation of the buffalo, both of which had specifically disastrous effects for the Indigenous people of the Great Plains.
During its second meeting of the quarter, the Faculty Senate heard ASSU executives Shanta Katipamula ’19 and Ph.D candidate in education Rosie Nelson outline their goals for the 2018-2019 school year, with particular attention paid to forming partnerships between Stanford students, faculty and staff.
Following concerns raised by a local nonprofit called Menlo Spark, Stanford has agreed to raise environmental standards for its Middle Plaza Project in Menlo Park, which Menlo Park City Council members voted unanimously to approve last week.
As attendees entered Cantor auditorium for the last Water Bar session, they were greeted by water bartenders who stood behind tables with numbered cups of water. The interactive Water Bar exhibit set up stations where water-tenders served attendees samples of tap water from different sources, such as San Jose, Stanford and Oakland, and conversed about topics related to water.
Before I came to Stanford I was a carnivore. I would gladly eat steak for breakfast and I looked forward to barbeques like an eight-year-old counting down to a Disneyland trip. When I returned home and people were shocked by my strange new eating restrictions, I told them it was peer pressure that made me…