As a burgeoning culture of anti-Trump political action takes hold at Stanford, some campus groups aim to make it easier than ever for students to influence politics at the federal level.
During the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, J Street U Stanford raised awareness for the Palestinian settlement of Susya by holding discussions and a sleep-in in a “sukkah” (temporary shelter) of their own construction.
Building on its initiative from last year to be more inclusive of the student diversity on campus, Stanford in Government (SIG) has formed a new Diversity and Outreach committee to streamline its partnerships with other student groups.
The J Street National Conference has been a positive experience for the Stanford community, by exposing a delegation of students to a wide and challenging array of perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as well as providing opportunities for action. We hope that future discussion and coverage of this issue will be critical, informative, and productive.
We are concerned, however, that the conversation erased moderate voices that acknowledge both Israeli and Palestinian histories and rights to self-determination, and did an intellectual disservice to those in the audience by framing a multifaceted issue as a binary of right and wrong. The debate failed to meet the standard of critical dialogue and meaningful education befitting an institution like Stanford.
Members of Stanford Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) staged a public protest last week in White Plaza. On the steps of the stage across from Tresidder Union, students used chalk to write the names and ages of children killed in the Israel-Gaza conflict that unfolded over the summer.
At the Feb. 26 meeting of the ASSU Undergraduate Senate, senators passed a bill to extend the ASSU elections declaration deadline from March 1 to March 8.