Tonight, you are faced with a very difficult decision–your vote on UGS-W2013-6.
As a representative of the ASSU, it can be crippling when you are faced with this type of resolution. You do as much research and outreach as you can, but at the end of the day, it is you and your vote on the line. I urge you to not think of the repercussions on yourself, but the legacy of which you are a part.
As young adults, this platform–the Stanford Student Senate–is one of the most powerful to which you have access. Buried in the minutia of Appropriations policy and elections drama, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that you are awarded consistent and meaningful press coverage–both Stanford-specific and national.
In 1976 and 1987, the ASSU took a stand against South African apartheid (http://csre.stanford.edu/theses/11_DErvin.pdf). Their actions helped lead the South African University Divestment movement; our alumni helped to bring apartheid to its knees.
Last year, I was faced with a very similar decision as the one before you tonight–whether to sign my support to the SPER petition on selective divestment. I conducted my research and I did what needed to be done–stand up and say that, for once, the ASSU would stand for something. I supported and support Israeli, Palestinian, and all human rights. (www.stanforddaily.com/2012/05/04/op-ed-why-i-support-israel-palestine-and-divestment/).
I urge you to use your voice to support rights Israeli, Palestinian, and human rights. I urge you to join the long legacy of strong ASSU advocacy. I urge you to make the brave choice and vote in favor of the bill.
ASSU President || 2011 – 2012
B.A. History | Class of 2012 | Stanford University
ASSU Vice President || 2011
ASSU Chair of the Undergraduate Senate || 2010 – 2011
ASSU Undergraduate Senator || 2009 – 2011