Thursday, May 19, 2016

Divestment victory at University of Wisconsin

"UW-Madison graduate student union endorses BDS"
May 19, 2016

The following press release was sent out by the UW-Madison Union of Graduate Student Workers:

“Members of the Teaching Assistants’ Association at the University of Wisconsin-Madison vote overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution to divest from the State of Israel and corporations that profit from the illegal occupation of Palestine.

“During a two-week vote distributed to all union members, the Teaching Assistants’ Association (TAA/AFT Local 3220) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the oldest graduate student labor union in the United States representing over 9,000  graduate workers and students, voted overwhelmingly (81% of voting members) in favor of adopting a resolution to divest from Israeli state institutions and international corporations complicit in the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the ongoing violations of Palestinians’ human rights.

“In doing so, the TAA joins other graduate student unions UAW 2322 at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, UAW 2865 at the University of California System, and UAW 2110 at New York University, who have stood in solidarity with Palestinian Civil Society’s call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) as a non-violent tactic to put political and economic pressure on Israel until it ends the occupation and its violation of human rights and international law. The resolution also calls on the TAA’s employer, the University of Wisconsin System, and parent international, the AFL-CIO, to divest from the state of Israel and companies that contribute to and profit from the military occupation and oppression of Palestinians....”


Sunday, May 8, 2016

Another victory for boycott against the apartheid state:
-at the University of Massachusetts

"UMass graduate union votes to support boycott, divestment movement against Israel"
April 21, 2016

AMHERST — The Graduate Employee Organization at the University of Massachusetts has adopted a resolution in "solidarity with Palestinian civil society" and supporting the controversial Boycott, Divestmentand Sanctions Movement.

The question put to its membership of more than 2,000 last week asked: "Should GEO/UAW2322 and its members join the global movement for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions, until such time as Israel has complied with international law and respected the rights of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Palestinian citizens of Israel, and all Palestinian refugees and exiles?"

According to a GEO press release, 95 percent of those voting supported it.

The movement is an attempt to "put political and economic pressure on the Israeli state until it complies with international law and respects the human rights of Palestinians in the occupied territories," according to a press release....


"Univ. of Massachusetts Grad Student Workers Endorse BDS Against Israel:
"The 2,000-member Graduate Employee Organization, part of United Auto Workers Local 2322, passed a resolution endorsing BDS."

April 21, 2016

"In a rebuke to their union’s top officials, graduate student workers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst overwhelmingly approved a measure aimed at supporting Palestinian human rights last week.

"The 2,000-member Graduate Employee Organization (GEO), part of United Auto Workers Local 2322, passed a resolution endorsing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), a global movement pressuring Israel to respect the rights of Palestinians and end its occupation of Palestinian territory. The vote—which organizers say passed with 95 percent approval—comes just months after the UAW International Executive Board (IEB) controversially overturned a similar BDS resolution passed by University of California graduate student workers with UAW Local 2865...."


Boycott and divestment against Israel:
-- Victories at CUNY and University of Chicago

"BDS takes two big strides, at CUNY and U of Chicago"
Mondoweiss, April 16, 2016

"Two important developments in the campaign to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel over human rights violations. Last night the City University of New York (CUNY) Doctoral Students Council overwhelmingly endorsed academic boycott of Israel as a blow against 'settler colonialism and structural racism.' 

And two days ago the University of Chicago student government voted, also overwhelmingly, that the university should divest itself from ten companies that profit from 'apartheid' in military-occupied Palestine..."

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Huge crowd expected for U-M Divestment vote, March 31st-

The University of Michigan's Central Student Government will vote on last night's resolution for divestment, in support of Palestinian human rights, on Tuesday, March 31, in the Michigan Union’s Rogel Ballroom, 530 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. 

Hundreds of people are expected to pack the ballroom next Tuesday, in support of this divestment resolution. See today's media coverage:

"SAFE presents revamped divest resolution to CSG"

March 25, 2015

     (9 photos are included, from last night's giant student government meeting)

"After failing to secure the passage of a similar proposal last year, Students Allied for Freedom and Equality proposed a new divestment resolution at Tuesday night’s Central Student Government meeting.

"SAFE is the University’s chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine, an international organization that stands for Palestinian solidarity on college campuses. One of the group’s primary goals is to advocate for the Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions movement, which in part asks institutions to divest from companies that allegedly facilitate the violation of Palestinian human rights. Divestment movements are typically group proposals made to a city or university board, requesting suspension of investments in companies that support unethical or immoral actions.

"...The meeting began with nine speakers voicing their position during the community concerns portion of the meeting. Eight of the speakers, including seven University students and an Ann Arbor resident, spoke in favor of divestment...

"...The resolution was sent to be approved by the resolutions committee. The assembly will vote on its ultimate approval at CSG’s meeting next Tuesday evening in the Michigan Union’s Rogel Ballroom."



Divestment resolution wins at Loyola University's Student Government, the night of March 24, 2015:

"A two-minute window into Loyola University’s historic divestment win"

March 25, 2015



"McMaster students vote to support BDS boycott campaign"

March 24, 2015

"McMaster University’s student union voted in support of the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement that aims to put economic and political pressure on Israel over issues related to the occupied territories and Palestinian people. Students at the student union’s annual general assembly voted to endorse the BDS campaign where 622 people voted for the resolution and 28 voted against...."


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

University of Toledo divestment resolution against Israeli Apartheid -

A landslide victory is reported on March 4, 2015

"Toledo student government passes first BDS resolution in Ohio"

March 4, 2015


"The University of Toledo student government passed a divestment resolution during an open forum meeting March 3. This is the first divestment resolution that has been passed by a university student government in Ohio....

"...Undergraduate students at The Ohio State University in Columbus will have the chance to vote on a similar divestment resolution during student government elections March 9 to 11. Moses expressed worry that the vote at UT may set a precedent for other universities.

" 'I think the vote now gives other Ohio colleges and their SJP groups the courage to come out and start their boycott, divestment and sanctions campaigns,' she said. 'I unfortunately think we might start seeing a bigger trend.' "


"Divestment passes:
"Resolution gains majority vote, campaign continues"

Independent Collegian (At University of Toledo; Ohio)
March 4, 2015


"Shouts of joy and excitement erupted from the supporters of the divestment resolution as it passed in an overwhelming majority vote of 21-4 during the weekly University of Toledo Student Government meeting.

"At the start of the meeting, 94 attendees were present, not including the 27 senators and 7 SJC members in attendance...

"...Derek Ide, SJP steering committee member, said Israel is not being singled out by the resolution.

" 'It is not us [SJP] who singles out Israel. It is Hillel and AIPAC and every other defender of Israeli crimes who wants Israel to maintain a special status, a status that places them above international law and unaccountable to the norms and standards of justice.' ” 


Earlier US divestment victories:

US Student Victories in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement


2003 - Wayne State University (divestment)
2005 - University of Michigan - Dearborn (divestment) (again in 2010)
2009 - Hampshire College (divestment)*
2010 - UC Berkeley (divestment receives majority vote, but is vetoed)
2011 - DePaul University (Sabra boycott)
2012 - Earlham College (Sabra boycott)
2012 - Evergreen State College (product boycott)
2012 - Arizona State University (divestment)
2012 - National MEChA endorsement of BDS (divestment)
2012 - University of Massachusetts – Boston (divestment)
2013 - UC Irvine (divestment)
2013 - UC San Diego (divestment)
2013 - UC Berkeley (divestment)
2013 - Oberlin college (divestment)
2014 - Loyola University at Chicago (divestment)
2014 - UC Riverside (divestment)
2014 - University of New Mexico Graduate and Professional Student Association (divestment)
2014 - DePaul University (divestment referendum)
2014 - University of California, Santa Cruz (divestment - later striken)
2014 - University of California, Los Angeles (divestment)
2014 - University of California Graduate Union (UAW 2865) (full BDS referendum)
2015 - UC Davis (divestment)
2015 - UC Student Association (divestment)
2015 - Stanford University (divestment)
2015 - Northwestern University (divestment)

(This list is likely missing some victories prior to 2012.)
*Hampshire’s divestment has been implemented. Other successes on this list represent votes calling for university divestment. 


Saturday, February 28, 2015

"Anti-Israel divestment push gains traction at US colleges"

"Anti-Israel divestment push gains traction at US colleges"
Associated Press

Feb. 28, 2015
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"...Nowhere is the impact more evident than the University of California system. Student governments at five of the 10 UC campuses have voted for divestment. Two more, Santa Cruz and Davis, did the same, but the votes were thrown out over procedural issues. Since December, divestment also won the backing of the labor union representing thousands of teaching assistants and other workers for the entire UC system, UAW2865, and the University of California Students Association, which represents student government bodies statewide..."

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Divestment against Apartheid Israel--

At the University of Michigan, 2015, and
At Northwestern University:

"SAFE launches campaign to encourage divestment"

Michigan Daily (University of Michigan at Ann Arbor)
Feb. 25, 2015

Students Allied for Freedom and Equality — the University chapter of the activist group Students for Justice in Palestine — read a new divestment resolution Tuesday during the Divestment and Sanctions Symposium. Organizers intend to bring [it] before the Central Student Government...


"Northwestern poses transparency challenges as students move forward with divestment"

Daily Northwestern
Feb. 25, 2015

"After the passage of Northwestern Divest’s resolution at Associated Student Government Senate last week, NU joins a growing number of universities in the United States whose students have pushed for divestment from companies allegedly involved in human rights violations in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

"Student governments at six of the nine undergraduate colleges within the University of California system have passed resolutions calling for divestment...."