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Divest Harvard Demonstrates

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Earlier this month, Pitzer College made history by becoming the largest university endowment to divest — see below.

 

Divest Harvard readies for its biggest event yet this Wednesday

 

This Wednesday, April 30, Divest Harvard will be holding a day of action outside Massachusetts Hall. This event is expected to be their largest yet, and they have scheduled rallies and speakers throughout the entire day.

On students’ last day of classes for the semester, Divest will open at 10am with a morning rally featuring climate activist Tim DeChristopher, New Economy Institute president Bob Massie, Harvard political philosopher and historian Soha Bayoumi, and Cambridge city councilor and lieutenant governor candidate Leland Cheung.

At noon, representatives of our alumni and faculty will be speaking, including journalist Wen Stephenson ’90, HLS professor Jon Hanson, First Parish Church minister Fred Small HDS ’99, and HBS emeritus professor Shoshana Zuboff GSAS ’80.

The events will continue with a rally from other student activist groups around campus at 3pm, a community rally at 6pm, and possible movies or skype-ins at 9pm.

If you are in the Boston area on April 30, consider stopping by anytime during the day. The students have worked incredibly hard over the past six weeks to put this event together, and expect it to be a defining moment of their campaign. Especially following the momentous release of the faculty letter (prominent signatory Naomi Oreskes recently coauthored an article in the Guardian expressing many of these points), they expect their day of action to exert significant pressure on the Harvard administration on the divestment issue.

Desmond Tutu calls for divestment

Desmond Tutu, anti-apartheid activist and Nobel Laureate, became one of the most prominent voices yet to call publicly for divestment from fossil fuels with an April 10th article in the Guardian.

Contradicting the claims by President Faust (and many other university presidents) that divestment is a meaningless symbolic gesture, Tutu writes “People of conscience need to break their ties with corporations financing the injustice of climate change.” He discusses effectiveness of divestment, arguing that it exerted “serious moral pressure” against the apartheid regime.

Pitzer College divests

Pitzer College made history by announcing, on April 12, that its board of trustees had unanimously approved fossil fuel divestment, to take place by the end of 2014. Pitzer is the biggest  university to announce divestment so far and the first in Southern California. President Laura Skadera declared, moreover, that she did not expect divestment to damage the university’s $125 million endowment.

Learn more about Divest Harvard’s allies:

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Divest Harvard operates with the support of Better Future Project, a citizen action project dedicated to building the climate movement in Massachusetts and beyond.

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