Ira "Tripp" Williams
In 1987 "The Plan" has taken up a general focus in its pitch for the COP: more student control. Juniors Lori Abert, Eric Allen and Julie Martinez and sophomore Ira Williams have devised a campaign that focuses less on particular issues and more on seeking out new areas for student voices to be heard.
"We're looking primarily at University matters in which students have not traditionally had control," Allen said. The members of The Plan would like to sec more student opinion reaching the Financial Aids Office. Allen believes many students may be frustrated as the amount of financial aid offered them freshman year decreases in subsequent years. "It's hard to say what exactly we can do. but we'd like to take a look at that," Abert said. In admissions, the slate would like to see "an increase in the pool of applicants to minority enrollment," Martinez said. She and Williams have past experience with ethnic groups on campus, which, along with the gay and lesbian and "politically progressive" groups, have begun to cooperate this year. Martinez said. "We feel very much accountable to those groups." she added.
Student office space is another matter in which the slate feels students should have a say. Allen said the fact that the Old Firehouse is currently used to house some student group offices is ridiculous. Martinez added that Asian student groups — unlike Chicano and black groups — have no central office. The slate maintains that it does not adhere to any particular goals but instead to a definite idea of what the COP should do. "The COP can only talk to the Administration, write to them and be effective lobbyists for students." Allen said.
Abert, a junior lit economics and German, has been involved in the ASSU for the past two years, serving as elections commissioner last year and as administrative manager this year. She has also held offices for the last two years in the Delta Gamma sorority, was an orientation volunteer last year and co-coordinated the "Great American Smokeout" at Stanford last fall. Allen, a junior in history, is currently an ASSU Senator, where he sits on two committees. He has also been involved with Stanford Big Brothers, has been a campus tour guide and has served as president of his dorm. Martinez, a junior in human biology and anthropology, is involved in the Chicano community. She currently serves as student activities coordinator, program board chair and budget and administration committee member at El Centro Chicano. She is also a MEChA core member, Chicano orientation coordinator and La Colectiva coordinator. Williams, an undeclared sophomore, is active in the black community. He is minority admissions chair and a general representative in the Black Student Union. He is vice-president of Kappa Alpha Psi and co-coordinated a SWOPSI class. Last year, he was an ASSU Senate associate.
People's Platform endorsement
April 7 1987, the Peoples Platform last night formally endorsed "The Plan" slate for Council of Presidents in next week's ASSU spring election. The platform, a coalition of students who support a political agenda promoting the rights and interests of minorities and other progressive issues, also made endorsements for Senior Class Presidents and candidates for ASSU Senate. If the slates and candidates accept the endorsements, each of them will be expected to uphold the tenets of the People's Platform, which include increases in funding for ethnic studies and community centers as well as support for more general Issues such as total divestment from South Africa.
For undergraduate senate, the Peoples Platform voted to endorse juniors Stacey Leyton and Brett Mahoney, sophomores Lillian Hirales, Jon Inda, Miguel Marquez and Jeff Marshall and freshmen Jason Dominguez, Gina Harrison, Derrick Lin and Daniel Luna. In the graduate race for the senate, the platform endorsed Richard Vaughan and Don Gagliardi. For the first time, slates in the Senior Class Presidents race approached the Peoples Platform for endorsement. The platform voted to endorse the "Slate of '88" made up of Maria Meier, Eric Prosnitz, Paige Mazzoni and Stuart Levy. "We were concerned (about whether we'd get the endorsement), but we really felt that we were the most qualified," said sophomore Julie Martinez, one of four members of The Plan COP slate. "I think that the support of the Peoples Platform will be helpful," added Martinez, who is joined on The Plan slate by juniors Lori Abert and Eric Allen and sophomore Ira "Tripp" Williams.
The different minority and progressive groups that make up the People's Platform have come together in the past and have achieved much through their unity, Martinez said. "The People's Platform is really growing in political power," said Felix Cuevas, a Peoples Platform campaign coordinator. "A lot more people sought endorsement this year than last year."
Different minority communities are very supportive of the People's Platform, because they know that it represents a diverse populace and that its candidates are more responsible to the students. Cuevas said. More minorities and progressive whites are running this year because the People's Platform has given them more of a sense of having potential for change, according to Cuevas. "[A Peoples Platform endorsement] makes a big difference," Cuevas said. "Out of nine people that we endorsed last year (when the group was started), seven of them were elected and five were elected to voting positions." "It's an interesting concept." graduate senator Steve Hellman, who is not a member, said of the People's Platform.
Robeson event sponsors
Sponsors of the event included poet Amina Baraka, Grace T. Bassett, actress Vinie Burrows, former Peoples Voice editor Marvel Cooke, Councilmember Tom Duane, Attorney Rob Ellis, Assemblymember Roger Green, Gus Hall, Councilmember Bill Perkins, labor unionist Bobbie Rabinowitz, actor John Randolph, Pete Robinson, poet Sonia Sanchez, singer Pete Seeger, labor unionist Chris Silvera, PWW editor Tim Wheeler, New York City Coalition of Black Trade Unionists president Jim Webb and labor unionist Ira Williams.
- [The Stanford Daily, Volume 191, Issue 34, 9 April 1987]
- [The Stanford Daily, Volume 191, Issue 33, 8 April 1987]
- PWW March 21, 1998, page 2