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A year since the bridge: Reflections on the Stanford 68

On Monday, January 19th, 2015, sixty-eight protesters were arrested on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge after an MLK-day action of nonviolent civil disobedience. Fifty-seven of us were cited and released after being brought to the California Highway Patrol’s police department, while eleven were held overnight in jail. I remember, wrists zip-tied together, seeing a road sign leaning against the side of the room where many of us were temporarily held. “Rough road ahead,” it read.

Civil disobedience is for the binary

For as long as these structures exist as they are, civil disobedience will continue to be far more dangerous, difficult, and traumatizing for gender-nonconforming people, people of color, low-income individuals, and other groups marginalized by society. However, it is for this precise reason that we continue to put our voices, bodies, and actions into these situations. It is with the knowledge that structures of oppression make resistance the hardest for those who can dismantle them that we continue to stand.

State of the Union breakdown

Super Tuesday columnists Aimee Trujillo ’15 and Johnathan Bowes ’15 reflect on last week’s State of the Union. Both columnists fault Obama, but from different perspectives. Trujillo suggests that while Obama has much to be proud of, race relations were notably missing from Tuesday’s speech. Bowes, on the other hand, chides Obama for digging into his progressive agenda rather than focusing on working with the newly elected Republican majorities.

In Praise of Presidents’ Day

In 1862, the United States Congress began the tradition of reading George Washington’s farewell address aloud on the first President’s birthday. In the midst of the Civil War, the Senate and the House found Washington’s words warning against party politics, divisive rhetoric and irresponsible governance to be especially relevant. My, how far we’ve come. Washington’s…