As you’ve no doubt noticed, the SLAC fasters are no longer occupying the Main Quad. At around 5:30 p.m. yesterday, after at least 3 uniformed and 2 undercover police surrounded the fasters’ tent encampment, negotiations regarding the occupation of the Main Quad began between various administrators and SLAC. The administrators, including Nanci Howe and Maureen Powers, told the fasters that they would be able meet with President Hennessy on Monday but did not give a specific meeting time. As SLAC members caucused about holding the Main Quad and increasing pressure on Hennessy, Maureen Powers made a phone call to the President and secured a 5 p.m. meeting time.
The administrators stipulated that no more than 6 people could come to the meeting with Hennessy, and they must be students currently enrolled in the University. Workers and alumni were not invited to negotiate.
While Ms. Powers added that the President’s Office would try to schedule an earlier meeting time first thing in the morning, SLAC members have received no phone calls regarding a time change. The meeting is still set for 5 p.m.
Meanwhile, fasters have moved their camp back to White Plaza, where they will continue to talk to students, pass out information to tour groups, and starve in the hope that President Hennessy will implement a fair living wage policy for workers. Support from students has been overwhelming, with about 70 students currently signed up for Tuesday’s solidarity fast and countless others showing their support in the form of blankets and vocal support. If you’d like to join the solidarity fast, send an e-mail to StanfordLaborAction@gmail.com or stop by our camp in White Plaza. Also, meet up at the White Plaza Encampment at 4:30 to conduct a send-off for negotiators, followed by solidarity statements from various campus organizations.
The 12 fasters are Sheva Diagne, Lisa Llanos, Joséles de la Cruz, Daniel Weissman, Ali Batouli, Liz Brody, Ernesto García, Maribel García, Chris McGilvery, Sofia Lee, Max García, and Christi Tran. Fasters come from all parts of the Stanford community, with 5 undergrads, 2 grad students, 3 on-campus workers, and 2 alumni. All of the fasters are going strong, and yesterday, faster Joséles de la Cruz told the Community Day crowd that he could go another 2 weeks.
In today’s issue of the Daily, coverage of the now 5-day fast was completely absent, with the 3 articles devoted to Community Day not once mentioning the demonstration or the Main Quad stake-out. SLAC members do not feel, however, that the Daily’s lack of coverage is indicative of student interest. The fast is currently being covered by the Mother Jones Blog and the Palo Alto Weekly.