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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.

The failed praxis of positive intent

Things have changed on campus in my time at Stanford. As student activism flared up around such issues as the Black Lives Matter movement and the Israeli occupation of Palestine, topics of social inequity and injustice permeated the walls of the Stanford bubble to settle neatly in our lecture halls and class sections, our dorms and student groups, and notably our student publications.