Calvin Joel Martin

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Calvin Joel Martin

Peoples Platform

Peoples Platform represents interests of black students, letter to Stanford Daily, Volume 197, Issue 36, 16 April 1990;

I would like to voice my concern regarding the black community in the ASSU elections. There have been many statements made about broad representation and inclusion in the past week. However, it is hard to believe that all of these assertions are true when there exists a slate that does not include one black candidate and has also not consulted with the BSU about which issues are important to our community Does this complete absence of African-American representation demonstrate lack of concern for black students or does it show that there are no black students willing to run on and embrace a platform of supposed diversity? If we, Stanford, truly wish to unite and bring together all students, then black concerns must be a part of it. Are we any less important than the rest of the Stanford family? The Black Student Union participated in the slating process for the Peoples Platform, and we took great care to ensure the representation of the broadest possible array of Stanford students.
The Peoples Platform includes candidates from the Pro-Choice Alliance, the Rape Education Project, the Public Service Center, the gay, lesbian and bisexual community, and the Graduate Concerns Committee as well as from the Asian American Student Association, MEChA, BSU and the Stanford American Indian Organization. It is also running a slate of 10 graduate senators. All of these candidates were chosen zX meetings open to everyone. It is my hope that Stanford will not be fooled by mere assertions about diversity and broad representation. Real diversity does not come about by merely saying it, for it must be reflected in concrete results. The struggles of black people in this country have always been for inclusion and thoroughgoing democracy. That is the tradition that we come from and why I see this election in terms of demonstrated openness, inclusion and respect.

Calvin Joel Martin Chair, Black Student Union

"Justice and Hope"

Steven Phillips wrote Justice and Hope: Past Reflections and Future Visions of the Stanford Black Student Union 1967-1989, in 1990.

I owe special thanks to Keith Archuleta—my critic, counselor, fellow freedom fighter, and friend. Whether I was developing the concept devising the plan, dissecting the drafts, or discussing the points, he saw me through from start to finish and helped me realize a dream. I am grateful to the entire staff of the CPPC. In particular, Anne Greenblatt displayed considerable understanding and support. Virgina Malt shared her genius for design, and James Patterson was, well, James—- one of the friendliest and most encouraging people I know. My largest debt is to the Black Student Union- I am grateful to Mary Dillard and the 1988-89 officers and Calvin Joel Martin and the 1989-90 officers for their patience, support, and assistance. They demonstrated remarkable understanding as production schedules changed, deadlines moved, and the imperative of making history delayed the efforts to record history. Through it all. we persevered, and now, at last, it's done. My final thank-you goes out to all the members of the Black Student Union—past and present—who made the history recorded in these pages. Keep up the struggle.[1]

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