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1969–1970
1969–1970
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1969–1970: Cambodia Strike

Engineering at Stanford
A Pacific Studies Center treatise on the Stanford Engineering department and its relationship with the military. 8 pages.
Hewlett Packard and the War
Flyer from “Group for Civil Disobedience, Stanford University.”
October 14
Stanford SDS presents Red Flag Tours
On October 15, “as we protest by staying out of class,” Stanford SDS will offer two tours.
c. April 30, 1970
Resolutions Adopted by the Faculty Senate at Stanford 4/30/70
Senate resolutions to renegotiate the status of ROTC; and a proposal to create a University delegation to meet with congressmen, senators, and representatives of the President of the United States.
May 2, 1970
Stanford Press Release
“Substantial support appeared to be developing this weekend for a strike at Stanford protesting American involvement in Cambodia and related issues.”
May 3, 1970
Stanford Press Release
“Stanford braced for its first full-fledged student strike Sunday night (May 3).”
May 4, 1970
Telegram from Senator McGovern to Student Body President
Asking for support of congressional action to cut off funding for the war.
c. May 4, 1970
Stanford Medical Community’s Vote to Condemn U.S. Involvement in Cambodia
Resolutions adopted by Stanford Medical School faculty, students, and staff.
The Cooper-Church Amendment
Text of an amendment to “avoid the involvement of the US in a wider war in Indo-China and expedite the withdrawal of American forces from Vietnam, …”
The Silent Majority Stands in Opposition to the Indochina War
Undated, unsigned report on a Gallup poll and other political opinion analysis.
What’s the US Doing in Cambodia?
Undated statement by Committee of Concerned Asian Scholars.
Vietnamization and Urbanization
Undated statement by Committee of Concerned Asian Scholars (Stanford).
What You Can Do
Undated list of groups and activities that one could join to help the anti-war effort.
Please Write Your Congressman and your Senators
From the Indochina Political Action Group, an undated plea to write – and suggestions for the letter.
May 4, 1970
Letter to The President, The White House
Letter which begins, “It has become increasingly clear that our great universities have become stages for display of deeply rooted national discontent,” with request for assistance in collecting signatures.
May 4, 1970
Operation Total Victory
A 4-page treatise by the Pacific Studies Center that attempts to analyze what led up to the dramatic escalation of the war, the options available to Nixon, and possible scenarios for the future.
Vietnam Political Action Group
Undated contact information for the group.
c. May 5, 1970
Liberation College
A list of groups organized to propose and carry out alternatives to “business as usual,” prepared by the Political Action coordinating Committee (PACC).
Stanford Workers Against the War
Undated flyer asking employees to join the strike against the war.
May 5, 1970
Letter to Patrick Shea, ASSU President, from David Truong
Letter supporting the strike, from David Truong, a Stanford graduate of the “68 Class, and son of Vietnam presidential candidate Truong Dinh Dzu.
May 5, 1970
Communications Department Strike Activities
Reports on the activities of the Communications Department.
c. May 5, 1970
Communication Department Projects
List of projects.
c. May 5, 1970
Psychology Department Members Address the “Extraordinary Circumstances Which Confront Us”
A Resolution from a meeting of nine faculty and nine students of the Psychology Department.
Who is President Nixon Calling “Campus Bums”?
Flyer to solicit funds and signatures to run full-page ads in the L.A. Time and S.F. Chronicle.
Promoting a National Work Stoppage
Flyer asking for a national work stoppage by the National Pause for Peace Committee, Stanford Community for Peace.
Letter Explaining the Strike
An unsigned, undated, letter, addressed to “Dear Sirs,” intended to briefly explain that, “the intention of the strike is to redirect the University’s energy and resources in response to the national emergency, rather than have a simple cessation of activity.”
Encina Should Remain Open
An unsigned, undated note stating that the activities in Encina should not be stopped as they provide services to students, faculty, and staff.
May 6, 1970
Stanford Press Release
“The faculty senate of the Stanford University School of Medicine passed a resolution at a noon meeting today condemning President Nixon’s action as unwise, immoral, and harmful.”
c. May 6, 1970
National Student Strike Poster
Poster showing map of the US and listing schools on strike.
Proposal to Suspend Academic Obligations
This proposal from eleven student signers demands that all academic obligations be suspended; that incompletes be automatically granted upon request; that graduating seniors receive automatic “pass” grades; that University residences and resources be made available for anti-war activities; and that a moratorium be declared on all Department of Defense research. It also announces a mass meeting in Memorial Auditorium.
Letter to President Nixon
Sponsored by 25 faculty, the letter to President Nixon is to be sent when a sufficient number of signatures is obtained.
May 6, 1970
Communications Department Strike Sheet
The Communication Department’s reports on the various group strike activities.
May 7, 1970
Stanford Daily Ad: Congress, You Must Act For Us
A full page ad, by 36 families, in the Stanford Daily advocating that Congress exercise its constitutional power to stop the spread of the Asian War, and requesting support to run the same ad the following week on a full page in the Washington Post.
May 7, 1970
A Program for Stanford
Full page Stanford Daily ad, from the Department of Philosophy, asking the Academic Senate to pass resolutions to reschedule classes and that attendance be voluntary. making classes for the rest of the semester.
May 7, 1970
Stanford Press Release
“Broadened support and new demands emerged in the Stanford strike Thursday (May 7) as the faculty prepared to consider resolutions on Cambodia, ROTC, and violence.” A “Strike Chronology” states, “buildings effectively blocked include the High Energy Physics Laboratory, Applied Physics, Applied Electronics Laboratory, Durand (home of Aeronautics and Astronautics), and Skilling…”
Ad by 2,413 Families or Individuals: Congress, You Must Act For Us
Ad urging Congress to exercise its constitutional power to stop the spread of the Asian War, now with the support of 2,413 paid listings of families or individuals from Palo Alto and neighboring communities. Note: file includes only two of the three pages of the ad.
Resist Paying Phone Tax
An unsigned, undated note asserting that 10% of your phone bill goes “directly to support the war in Southeast Asia” and suggesting that you not pay the federal phone tax.
Optimism
An untitled, unsigned, undated few paragraphs beginning “ … I noticed a spirit of optimism which I have not encountered in months.” It encourages the reader to “involve yourself” and call PACC.
May 10, 1970
Operation Total Victory, 2nd Edition
An 8-page treatise, by the Pacific Studies Center, analyzing the escalation of the war in Southeast Asia.
“PACC (the Political Action Coordinating Committee)
Formed on May 5, 1970, with a nucleus of 500 undergraduate and graduate students from Stanford University, in one week this committee grew to over 2,000 students, faculty, and staff working on 50 separate projects.
May 18, 1970
Stanford Press Release
“No Asian experts were consulted prior to President Nixon’s decision to enter Cambodia, Professor John Lewis of Stanford told a luncheon audience …”
May 19, 1970
Stanford Press Release
Five releases: a large group of Stanford students studying in Austria demonstrated at the US embassy there; as protests continue, ROTC contingents are operating both on and off campus; about 75 radicals went on a widow breaking spree; a suspected rapist was arrested on campus; and burglars broke into the Music Library and stole electronic equipment.
c. May 19, 1970
Keep the Library Open, But Not “As Usual”!!
The staff participating in the University strike asks for support in specific ways for their support of the strike.
May 20, 1970
The McGovern-Hatfield Amendment
Text of the amendment and a plea to write members of Congress asking them to support it.
A Pocket Guide to Encina Hall
Brief descriptions of the functions of eight offices in Encina Hall.
Re-organization of the University
Unsigned, untitled, undated opinion beginning “We see the strike as … a re-organization of the University.”
National Work Stoppage Committee
The cover sheet to a packet of information for laying the local groundwork for a national work stoppage.
The Destruction of Indochina
A 1970 report by the Stanford Biology Study Group which attempts to analyze the extent and seriousness of the long-term ecological damage done by the United States to Southeast Asia, with a foreword by Donald Kennedy, chairman of the Department of Biological Sciences at Stanford.
May 27, 1970
National Strike Information Center (Newsletter #12) –
A twelve page, large format publication listing information and news from around the country.
Fall, 1970
May, 1970: A Peaceful Protest Against the Vietnam War
Article by Spyros Andreopoulos, published in the Stanford MD, subtitled “Moderate Medical Students and faculty take up political action in response to the War and destructive acts on the Stanford campus.”
c. December 9, 1970
Alleged Disruption of meeting of EE 261, May 1, 1970
Stanford Judicial Council Case Number 56 (1970) – opinion, dissent, and note from President Richard W. Lyman regarding the case.