The Phoenix (A manifestation: November 6, 1978)
by Chris Hables Gray
California, United States
November 6, 1978
This appears to be an article written for “The Phoenix” reporting on a demonstration of 300 students and workers in the lobby of Stanford University's Old Union. Six months previously police arrested 294 protestors who had refused to leave the Old Union. They were protesting Stanford's refusal to vote its 152,487 shares of Ford Motor Company stock in favor of a church-initiated resolution mandating Ford's withdrawal from South Africa. Many people who were arrested in May were back. Student protests last spring demanding corporate withdrawal from South Africa had a real effect—on campuses in California and across the U.S., and also on the media, community groups, state and national politicians, and people of other countries. Impacts rippled to Santa Cruz, to Antioch Ohio, to Cambridge England, to Naples, to Tanzania, and even into South Africa itself. In the next six months Stanford will experience three more sit-ins, as well as vigils, rallies, petition drives, and a blockade of the President's office. Sit-ins and building blockades are taking place nationwide: at Harvard, Columbia, Wesleyan. Berkeley, Princeton. Davis, Irvine, Riverside. It has become clear that Stanford's policy on South Africa isn't an irrational flaw in a fundamentally sound institution. Rather, its position springs from the nature of Stanford and its role in corporate America. Many protesters are acting not only against Stanford's South Africa policy, but also against a society that we feel isn't meeting our needs, people's needs. The Stanford left centers in SCRIP (which focuses on the South Africa issue), several co-op houses, two women's groups, the Gay People’s Union, MEChA (the Chicano student organization), Black Student Union, Asian-American Student's Association, student government (the left has won the last three elections), the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and a number of small collectives. The article mentions Steve Biko, UN Ambassador Andrew Young, and U.C. San Diego.
Used by permission of Chris Hables Gray.
Collection: Chris Hables Gray collection