Campaign Goals

Our Game Plan for Spring 2010 

      1.      To educate the University and increase dialogue on this issue.

How are we pursuing this goal?

i.                    Weekly dialogue meetings with professors: We will do all we can to bring together professors from different departments, and with different perspectives on the issue. These weekly dialogues are open, in the sense that everyone is allowed to share their opinion. Furthermore, we recommend that students invite their professors to these dialogue events. We also recommend that students set up discussion meetings in their dorms.
The first official one will be held on Monday, May 9th.

ii.                  Teach-ins: We will have an introductory Teach-in on Thursday May 6th. We will also go from dorm to dorm during house meetings and provide summaries about the issue.

iii.                We will have weekly interfaith prayer sessions for peace and justice.

iv.               Setting up 6 different projects that will bring Stanford students to the region. 

      2.      To ensure that our University is not invested in companies that violate human rights in the region.

Why is this important?

i.                    Our University has an ethical Standard that we must uphold, and this ethical standard has been applied almost everywhere around the world accept this region.

ii.                 We are focusing on specific companies. For a list of the companies click here. 

iii.               We must not lend ourselves to things we find morally wrong. Not only are these companies violating human rights, they are also working hard to prevent a peace agreement using their profits because they have an incentive to maintain the status quo.  President Obama, Vice President Biden, Secretary Hilary Clinton, and General Petraues have all said that the circumstances under which these companies operate and the policies these companies support make a peace agreement much more difficult. They also agree that the persistence of this conflict is costing the US “blood and treasure” as President Obama put it. Seeking divestment is not asking Stanford to do something about this conflict, its asking it to take itself out of the conflict. We are already doing harm, we need to divest ourselves from it. 

3.      To develop new creative ways that will help end this conflict. 
                 We are in the process of setting up a large range of different ways to help alleviate the human suffering in the region.

       These include:
i.                    Working to set up an ASB to the region.

ii.                 Working with some professors to set up an Overseas Summer Seminar.

iii.               Planning a trip for Stanford entrepreneurial students to work with scientists and engineers in the region to develop alternative energy systems that can satisfy impoverished populations’ energy necessities.

iv.               Planning a trip for Stanford engineers to the region to develop methods that will allow impoverished populations to obtain water more efficiently and safely.

v.                  Planning a trip for Stanford medical students to assist and learn from doctors working in dangerous situations under tough circumstances.

vi.               Planning a trip for Stanford IR majors interested in US foreign policy in the Middle East, or development in third-world countries. 

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