UC Davis launches divestment campaign

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Contact: Students for Justice in Palestine at UC Davis

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ASUCD to vote on “UCD Resolution in Support of University of California Davis Corporate Accountability through Divestment from Corporations Profiting from the Illegal Occupation of Palestine”

(April 24, 2013) In the coming weeks, the Associated Students of University of California, Davis, (ASUCD) student government senate will be voting whether or not to divest from corporations that are profiting from human rights violations occurring in the occupied Palestinian territories. This will make the University of California, Davis the sixth UC to vote on a Divestment resolution this year, following UC San Diego, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, UC Berkeley and UC Irvine.

The resolution targets Caterpillar, General Electric, Cement Roadstones and Raytheon, all of which are profiting from human rights violations in the occupied territories (violations which have been deemed illegal by the United Nations and the International Court of Justice).  The Students for Justice in Palestine (Davis), sponsored the resolution, joining a UC-wide effort to assert students’ agency and insist on socially responsible investments by divesting from corporations profiting from the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestinian Territories.

Whether the resolution “UCD Resolution in Support of University of California Davis Corporate Accountability through Divestment from Corporations Profiting from the Illegal Occupation of Palestine,” passes or not, the Students for Justice in Palestine at UCD sees this as a beginning to pushing the University towards a more socially responsible investment.