Since 2013, we have been cultivating a relationship with the Transgender Gender-Variant Justice Project, an organization that works to support transgender women inside and outside of prison. Several representatives came to speak in 2013 and 2014, and in the Spring of 2014 we began visiting their office to help with their letter-writing campaign. They rely on a base of volunteers to help respond to the volume of mail they receive from trans women in prisons across the country. We are working to better develop this relationship and determine how we can leverage our own resources as Stanford students and be more supportive of their efforts without placing a burden the organization.
On January 29, 2015, The EJ Committee of the Stanford NAACP partnered with Students for a Sustainable Stanford (SSS) and Stanford Students for Education Reform to host a panel discussing the environmental justice issues in the Stanford area. The panelists were, Ms. Annie Loya from Youth United for Community Action, Dr. Donald Barr from Stanford University, and Professor Michelle Anderson from Stanford Law School. Each panelist shared their particular experiences with EJ, what they’re doing to address the major issues and explored ways for members of the audience to get involved. This event was held as a part of SSS’s Environmental Justice Week.
In winter quarter of 2015, the Health Committee hosted a panel event that allowed four students from Stanford's Black community to share their struggles and breakthroughs with mental health and the duck syndrome to a group of about thirty members from the Stanford community. Our goal was to inform people about the very real issue of mental health, to encourage people to be more cautious when wanting to use words like "crazy" or "depressed" to describe less severe situations, and to de-stigmatize and spark conversation within our community about mental health and well-being.
During the 2014-2015 school year, 19 students groups came together to form a coalition for the Stanford Out of Occupied Palestine, or SOOP, campaign. SOOP focuses on getting Stanford to withdraw its investments from companies that are complicit in the facilitation of the occupation of Palestine. The Stanford ASSU voted to recommend divestment to Stanford Boards of Trustees on February 18th during the undergraduate senate hearing.