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Illustration of ASSU Executives Munira and Vianna with the ASSU logo and title text “ASSU Execs Update, Issue 3: Summer Check-in.” Below describes what’s in this email, which includes 1) ASSU Independence Day Letter, 2) #StopSanQuentinOutbreak, 3) Stanford Community Internships, 4) Mutual Aid Basic Needs Fund, and 5) Worker Relief Fund” on a blue background.

Dear Stanford community;

We hope this email finds you well — it has been a rough and exhausting month for all of us and we hope you’ve taken the weeks since school has ended to take a step back. In this email, we will be touching base on many of the topics that have made this last month so heavy so if you feel like you are unable to engage with the email the way you generally may, that’s perfectly alright.  Audre Lorde said ‘Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare’ and this wisdom truly guides the work that we do. It is so important to take care of yourself. Get some rest, spend time with your loved ones, take deep breaths- whatever is needed to make sure you can be fully yourself. 

As always; a TLDR from us (with content warnings for sections):

  1. The ASSU Independence Day Letter - cw: death, violence, police
  2. Join Prison Renaissance & SWR - #StopSanQuentinOutbreak.
  3. Stanford Community Internships
  4. Mutual Aid Basic Needs Fund 
  5. Worker Relief Fund



Have a good night,

Munira Alimire, ASSU President 2020-2021

Vianna Vo, ASSU Vice President 2020-2021

Jianna So, ASSU Chief of Staff 2020-2021

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ASSU Independence Day Letter

CW: This letter is about the Fourth of July and speaks at length about violence, death, anti-Blackness and police brutality.

CW: This letter is about the Fourth of July and speaks at length about violence, death, anti-Blackness and police brutality.

On July 4th, 1776,  the ‘Founding Fathers’ of America signed the Declaration of Independence, setting out their vision for the United States, where every man is created equal and should receive their inalienable human rights. For many, today is a day of celebration — signifying liberty, equality and independence. However, for many others, today is the 243rd reminder that the United States’ vision came at the expense of a majority of its citizens —particularly of its Black and Indigenous citizens— and was achieved through violent means. Independence Day doesn’t fill a lot of people with joy, because it’s a reminder of the liberty and justice that have been denied to us for so long. 

These are feelings many people are carrying during this Independence Day, as we navigate the dual crises of the pandemic and the police brutality, coping with the reality that our government is incredibly responsible for both. We’ve been especially aware of the United States’ long history of racism and oppression - beginning with the twin evils of chattel slavery and settler-colonialism. These systems were created to exploit, abuse and immobilize Black and Indigenous folk and there is a clear line connecting them to the systems we live in today. For example, while chattel slavery may have been outlawed, it evolved into modern-day mass incarceration. Anti-Blackness and anti-indigenous racism continue to exist, they just evolve and reappear in different ways.

As the day comes to an end, we ask you to acknowledge our privilege and question  ‘Who is free in America?’ Who gets to partake in the vision the Founding Fathers set out for us?  These are questions that we have already had to grapple with, considering as we witness anti-Black state violence play a larger role in all of our lives. From Black protestors facing increased violence from law enforcement and far-right supremacists to incarcerated people dying from COVID-19 because the government does not want to take action, Black people are being mercilessly surveilled, threatened, assaulted and killed by the state. We encourage you to take action on local campaigns to address state violence in your community, such as the #StopSanQuentinOutbreak campaign led by Prison Renaissance and other California organizers. 

Closing off our letter, we want to remind you to continue taking a stand and supporting your community. The last month we’ve really seen so many people take initiative and lead difficult conversations, actions and fundraisers. However, even though new coverage continues to decrease, student advocacy shouldn’t. Our organizing exists beyond this moment - we need to continue investing time, labor, and resources into changing our world. We have the power to make our dreams of racial justice a reality. We cannot be complicit in state violence against Black and Indigenous people, so we must actively come together to fight for liberation. We look forward to the work ahead of us for the next months and years; the future is closer than we think it is.

In solidarity;

The Associated Students of Stanford University

Join Prison Renaissance's Campaign

#StopSanQuentinOutbreak

TLDR: Join Prison Renaissance and other organizers in their campaign to Stop the San Quentin Prison Outbreak -if you want to take action; RSVP to their phone bank on Monday July 6th, read their zine or distribute their social media toolkit.

This Independence Day, we are reminded that we are not free yet, and that we see this perhaps most clearly within the prison-industrial complex. As then-incarcerated writer and contributor to Prison Renaissance Zine’s first issue James King wrote, “Prisons are the soul of America. It’s the place where America connects most intimately with its determined oppression of people of color. Prisons embody the patriarchal, misogynistic, fundamental faith in violence that fueled this nation’s rise from rural outpost to cosmopolitan center of all the world’s vices.”

Today,  in place of their third annual magazine, Prison Renaissance at Stanford is launching our Special Edition COVID-19 issue. This “zine” features a collection of artwork and poetry from 5 artists incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison, created within the last few months during the pandemic and illustrates the particular pain we are feeling as COVID-19 spreads rapidly throughout prisons, jails, and detention centers across the country. In San Quentin State Prison, about 50 miles north of Stanford, over 1/3 of incarcerated folks (1300+ people as of 7/3) have tested positive for COVID-19. The majority of cases can be traced back to a few weeks ago, when the CDCR negligently transferred 121 incarcerated folks from a known COVID hotspot to San Quentin. 

Prison Renaissance hopes that this issue will begin to capture the lived realities of the outbreak in prison and they invite you to view this zine as an entry point to engaging in a community-led call to action—by calling government officials, donating to Re:Store Justice, supporting our incarcerated community’s mental and physical health, and sharing #StopSanQuentinOutbreak on social media. 

If you want to take action; RSVP to their phone bank on Monday July 6th, read their zine or distribute their social media toolkit.

Share #StopSanQuentinOutbreak Now
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Stanford Community Internships

Offered by Stanford Alumni

Through this effort, we have already secured over 100 internships for Stanford students. New internships, jobs and project opportunities are being posted to Handshake daily, and hundreds more alumni have offered to provide mentoring and career advice. We are humbled by this widespread show of compassion and are now working to distribute these opportunities across campus. 

These opportunities are truly unique, as they have been created and sourced by members of the Stanford community that are personally invested in helping us succeed. 

We have summarized for you the following internship and mentorship options: 

  1. Look for jobs and internships: Alumni Sourced Opportunities  - View job, internship and one time project opportunities posted by alumni in Handshake, as well as available job and internship postings on alumni company websites. This document is being continuously updated, so please keep checking for new opportunities! 

  2. Connect with alumni and career mentors: Stanford Alumni Mentoring- Connect with, and learn from, alumni from a broad array of majors and careers 

  3.  BEAM Summer Boot CampSign up for a 6-week program that will help you build professional skills, learn about industries and roles, and connect with employers and alumni in a supportive environment. The Boot Camp is open to all current Stanford students and recent graduates and is free of charge.

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Mutual Aid Basic Needs Fund

Donate to Fellow Stanford Students
Please consider donating any amount to @smuadma (the mutual aid basic needs fund handle) via Paypal, Venmo, or CashApp. This fund is managed by a team of student fund managers and an alumni advisor to make sure that 100% of it goes directly to students in need.

If you have questions, you can contact primary student fund manager Will Shan ('22) at willshan@stanford.edu and DMA ('86) at donnam.anderson@stanfordalumni.org.
Donate to Mutual Aid Basic Needs Fund
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Worker Relief Fund

Donate to Row Staff

This week, in closing the Row for traditional housing, 60 food service were fired for the entirety of next year. Donate to Student for Workers’ Rights emergency workers’ fund here:

Venmo: @stanfordworkersfund

GoFundMe: www.gofundme.com/f/support-all-laid-off-stanford-workers

PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8ozZkz8PEn

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