Divest UW: We Are Being Heard

SEATTLE, WA – This week on May 14th the University of Washington Board of Regents will vote on coal divestment. On that day the commons near Gerberding Hall will be filled with the voices of students, the meeting room will be packed with activists all asking, “Whose side are you on?” It has been two plus hard years of campaigning and working, drafting resolutions and writing speeches, making progress and being “forgotten” since Divest UW has started. But all that work has finally led us to this point. We are being heard.

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Butts on the Floor

What does institutional power really look like? As student divestment activists we lobby our colleges to get them to activate their institutional leverage on behalf of people and planet, but when do we get a glimpse of this force? I believe I caught a peak last Friday. On that day at noon, 272 Whitman College students, faculty, and alums took seats on the well-carpeted floor of Memorial Hall. On the mezzanine outside of conference room 321 where the Trustees had been seated in leather office chairs, the group settled in for their hour-long occupation. These 272 of all different sizes persuasions, sitting close together in this gilded hall (right beneath our campus’s ivory-white clock tower I kid you not) were to me a breathing portrait of an institution mobilized, and a constituency ready to act together.

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Tufts Climate Action sits in!

Three days ago, 33 Tufts students and alumni of Tufts Climate Action began a sit-in in President Monaco’s office. 

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Fossil Free CU-Boulder Ends Their Occupation for Fossil Fuel Divestment with a Civil Disobedience Training

DENVER, CO -- On Thursday, April 16, organizers with Fossil Free CU had their fourth meeting with the Board of Regents this school year. A majority of the student supporters were at CU-Boulder occupying Norlin Quad celebrating the end to their 3-day, 2-night occupation with a civil disobedience training.

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28 Bowdoin students sit in for climate justice

Brunswick, ME — Early Wednesday morning, 28 Bowdoin students entered President Barry Mill’s office for a “Sit-In for Climate Justice,” refusing to leave until the College committed to collaborating with them on fossil fuel divestment.

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Letter to the Editor: A Collision Course With a Problem of Our Own Making

Cross-posted from the Swarthmore Daily Gazette 

It was with shock that I discovered in a New York Times article last spring that Swarthmore College holds investments in the coal industry.  A Quaker college, located in a state that has been devastated by mountain top removal, has investments in coal?  Upon further investigation, I learned that, even though Swarthmore students were the first in the nation to call for divestment, the Board of Managers had announced it would not divest from fossil fuels, including coal, but also oil and gas.

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Movement to divest at Allegheny College will not fade with time

Movement to divest at Allegheny College will not fade with time

By: Nathan Malachowski, Community Organizer at Iowa CCI

On April 22nd, 2014, Allegheny Student Government (ASG) voted to pass a resolution in favor of fossil fuel divestment. This was a cursory step toward garnering support for the initiative, and in many ways served as a commitment on the part of ASG to pursue fossil fuel divestment on an institutional level. To be clear, students at Divest Allegheny have the following demands:

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37 Swarthmore Students and 6 Alumni Begin Sit-in

Early this morning, Swarthmore Mountain Justice launched an extended sit-in for fossil fuel divestment on the campus that birthed the now global divestment campaign, kicking off a historic spring of escalating nonviolent action throughout the student divestment movement. The 37 students and 6 alumni are asking the Swarthmore Board Investment Committee Chair Chris Niemczewski and Board Chair Gil Kemp to return to the negotiating table and agree to end the College’s investments in a rogue industry that violates Swarthmore’s Quaker values and recklessly imperils a just and sustainable future for our generation.

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