Many of the service workers we organize with at Students for Workers’ Rights (SWR) are Filipino migrants, and we affirm that their individual stories and struggles must be situated within the broader frames of imperialism and capitalism. We at SWR also condemn the oppression of the Philippine labor movement by the Duterte regime, while affirming that the Philippine state’s brutal use of force is a reaction to the profound power of people’s struggle.
We at Students for Workers’ Rights (SWR) apologize that it’s taken us so long to update the community on our campaign for contracted workers. We spent April and May anxiously corresponding with service workers about promised pay that had yet to arrive, and we struggled to communicate changes because of the persistent opacity of Stanford…
As a graduating senior of the Class of 2020, and as an international student with class privilege, I’ve been reflecting on where to dedicate my financial resources post-graduation. It’s often customary for graduating seniors to donate a largely symbolic amount to their alma mater, as a token of gratitude and a sign of future commitment to their university. However, after witnessing Stanford’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its consistently lackluster response to the demands of the Black community, I cannot in good conscience donate a portion of my income to Stanford University’s general funds.
Ethan Chua of Students for Workers' Rights argues that Stanford's refusal to provide contacted workers with appropriate protection, information and pay increased their risk of exposure to COVID-19.
What’s particularly unique and cruel about the COVID-19 dystopia, however, is how much of it has emerged from the very conditions that allow many of us in the Global North to live comfortable, modern lives — the conditions of global capitalism.
On March 16, Stanford University released its policy of pay continuation for workers whose hours would be affected by COVID-19. However, the University’s pay continuation policy contains a serious omission: It does not apply to the several hundred contracted workers who are not technically Stanford employees, yet who perform various essential functions on campus.
Ethan Chua argues for more protections and benefits for Stanford service workers, particularly in light of COVID-19
Service workers on Stanford’s campus have a strong commitment to the health and well-being of students and faculty. However, their concern for us should not come before their own safety.
The 22% Campaign presents a set of eight demands to Stanford, including that the University publicly release disaggregated admissions data.
On Jan. 7, Stanford’s Affordability Task Force (ATF) announced a set of five new benefits to take effect in 2020 for faculty and staff, including expansions to family leave and healthcare and the creation of an employee emergency assistance fund.
Stanford is currently employing the services of Core Management Services (CMS), a “janitorial and custodial consulting company” whose business model entails maximizing profit at the expense of custodial staff’s job security, health, and overall well-being. As student activists who care deeply about service workers and their struggles for equity, we’ve been hearing troubling news from custodians who are worried about CMS’s preparations for the “time and motion study” Stanford has contracted it to perform in a transparent attempt to extract more labor from already overworked custodial staff.
The current situation is not an isolated incident, but rather the latest in a prolonged series of conflicts between the Philippine government and insurgents based in Mindanao. In addition, President Duterte’s declaration of martial law has fueled fears of nationwide military rule.
Ethan Chua reflects on the unfairness of the standards that marginalized writers, and writers of color are held to in their fiction.
"The Colorado" ignores the fact that indigenous communities are diverse and vibrant, and they comprise people of all ages - not just tribal elders safeguarding age-old secrets.
When I receive the inevitable email that tells me I didn’t make it, I try to remind myself of a few things.
In light of recent politics, I’ve been thinking a lot about “authenticity,” and how we often use it to exclude those unlike us.
One of the most daunting tasks I’ve ever faced is answering the question: “So, when are we all free to meet up?"
I realized, first of all, that the freedom that college provided didn’t translate to a new self. Even though I was suddenly presented with opportunities that I’d never had before, I still started out the same person I was before I left the Philippines.
In 2017, terror continues within the borders of a nation whose leaders have long declared it their mission to stop it.
Consigning a large group of leaders who come from diverse political, social, and cultural contexts to a single populist movement is an easy way to ignore the very real nuances that apply to any political campaign.
A few months ago, Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte broke off from his scripted speech at a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to launch into what many called a tirade about atrocities committed by the U.S. military in the aftermath of the Philippine-American War. President Duterte reminded delegates of how the ethnic peoples…
The first few weeks starting at Stanford are lonely ones, though we don’t tend to admit it. Instead, the loneliness shows in smaller ways - long walks to downtown Palo Alto for boba with headphones on, a Marguerite ride where we lose count of the stops, Friday nights when it’s difficult to sleep with the music from the latest frat party booming through the windows. It’s got me wondering why, on a campus we half-jokingly refer to as paradise, the feeling of loneliness sinks in so deep in so many days.