WATCH: Stanford group occupies police station grounds to advocate defunding police
- Stanford met with a group called “Abolish Stanford” during a “reverse town hall.”
- The group, which advocates for abolishing Stanford Police, occupied the police station’s property on the same day that they met with the university.
A Stanford University student group called “Abolish Stanford” occupied the university’s police station grounds in September. Stanford administrators met with Abolish Stanford the same day for a “reverse town hall.”
Abolish Stanford, an “autonomous formation fighting for police abolition and total liberation at Stanford University,” protested on the Stanford Police Station’s property to draw attention to their demands.
One Abolish Stanford protester stood up behind a trashcan, calling on Stanford to defund the police using a megaphone.
We are live-streaming the rally now: https://t.co/3lwsalNArA— abolish stanford (@abolishstanford) September 11, 2020
The students demanded extensive healthcare coverage for Stanford community members, support for student immigrants, reparations for the local community, action to address gentrification, and “divestment from campus police.”
"This occupation will persist until our demands are met,” said the organizers.
On September 10, Stanford administrators — including Provost Persis Drell, vice provosts Susie Brubaker-Cole and Stacey Bent, interim Title IX coordinator Catherine Glaze — attended a “reverse town hall” event with Abolish Stanford and seven other student groups.
During the event, Abolish Stanford called for the termination of the university’s contract with the Stanford University Department of Public Safety, as well as training students to find alternatives to policing.
Stanford Director of Media Relations Ernest Miranda told Campus Reform that Stanford does not sponsor Abolish Stanford financially.
Campus Reform also reached out to Abolish Stanford but did not hear back in time for publication.
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