Historical Archive

A3M: Press Release from Stanford University News Service

April 4, 1969
Press Release
Students meeting on April 3 expressed opposition to all classified research; research in chemical-biological warfare and counterinsurgency; and studies used against the people of Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand. They voted to ask the trustees, who will be meeting on April 8, to end such research at Stanford Research Institute.
April 10, 1969
Press Release
Students who packed Dinkelspiel Auditorium voted that the responses by the trustees were “unacceptable,” and they decided to stage a sit-in. Late Wednesday evening, April 8, students filled the Applied Electronics Laboratory, saying they intended to prevent classified research there.
April 10, 1969
Press Release #2
President Kenneth S. Pitzer gave individuals occupying the Applied Electronics Laboratory written notice that they were violating University policies in preventing the normal conduct of business there.
April 11, 1969
Press Release
Students occupying the AEL are preventing researchers from doing their work.
April 13, 1969
Press Release
Demonstrators continue to hold the AEL , while a petition was being circulated urging the sit-in to end.
April 13, 1969
Press Release #2
Faculty leaders urged students to end their occupation of AEL.
April 13, 1969
Press Release #3
Provost Richard Lyman announced that faculty and staff will begin identifying protestors who refuse to leave the AEL.
April 14, 1969
Press Release
Student demonstrators identified themselves only as “The April 3rd Movement” when approached by teams of faculty-staff interviewers acting in accordance with judicial procedures. Concurrently, students organized by Young Americans for Freedom staged a counterdemonstration at AEL.
April 15, 1969
Press Release
Student demonstrators debated whether or not they should take classified files, then reaffirmed their intention of not tampering with classified files during the occupation.
April 15, 1969
Press Release #2
Supporters of the April Third Movement endorsed plans to start research on activities in nearby buildings.
April 17, 1969
Press Release
A3M leaders sit-in at AEL declared, “if we are successful here the next step will be to move to the (Stanford) Industrial Park.”
April 17, 1969
Press Release #2
Demonstrators voted to continue their occupation of AEL and not to occupy the nearby space engineering building.
April 17, 1969
Press Release #3
Various views were expressed at an afternoon rally in White Memorial Plaza, as the AEL occupation continued.
April 20, 1969
Press Release
Students who attended a Frost Amphitheater rally cast ballots, commended the April Third Coalition, urged an end to classified research; opposed research in chemical-biological warfare and counter-insurgency; and called for a one-day cessation of classes to examine the appropriateness of these kinds of research.
May 1, 1969
Press Release
Three documents: (1) An end-of-the-sit-in chronology reporting that the demonstrators left Encina shortly after 125 police officers arrived. (2) A Press Release stating that Santa Clara County sheriff’s deputies have been requested to clear Encina Hall. (3) A message to the Stanford community from President Kenneth S. Pitzer and Provost Richard W. Lyman.