Stanford Central American Action Network
Defending the LRS
- As concerned graduate students we reject the terms of the argument that have been put forth over the last week in The Stanford Daily’s coverage of the League of Revolutionary Struggle’s presence in various progressive groups on campus.
- We ask, what is wrong with being in the League? According to the democracy the right espouses at their convenience, there is nothing illegal or immoral about belonging to a leftist political party. We should judge these alleged members of the League by their political program and their activism. If we agree with the necessary progressive change they have helped to bring about on campus, then we should applaud them, not condemn them according to a rhetoric that should have been buried with McCarthy.
- As members of the left, we have known and worked with members of the League for years. Whether or not we agree with all of their agenda, it has never been hidden, and their political philosophy has a long-standing tradition in the nation’s political life. While we are concerned with the League’s tactic of secret membership, recent attacks by The Stanford Review and The Daily legitimate their caution. How can The Daily expect members of this group to disclose their identity in the face of such coercion and hostility?
Signatories were Jose Jesus Cazares, Benjamin Robinson, Maria Saldana, Ming-Yeung Lu Graduate students, modern thought and literature, Marcia Klotz Graduate student, German studies, Diane Nelson Graduate student, anthropology, Michael Reilly, Marisa Sanders Graduate students, Latin American studies, Sha Xin Wei Graduate student, mathematics.
- [The Stanford Daily, Volume 196, Issue 48, 1 December 1989]