SJP West BDS Campaigns

1. BDS at the University of California 

The University of California system is currently invested in Israel’s oppression and subjugation of the Palestinian people. The Regents are collectively using tuition dollars from the UC Treasury to invest in corporations that support and profit from human rights violations in the Occupied West Bank and Gaza. 

UC students are attempting to break this chain of investments by putting forward resolutions in their student governments to divest from the following corporations among others: General Electric, Raytheon, Hewlett Packard, Caterpillar, United Technologies, Cement Roadstone Holdings, Northrop Grumman, Boeing and General Dynamics. Support divestment from occupation on your campus today!

Timeline of Divestment Efforts at UC campuses 

2009 – Students at UC San Diego present their first divestment resolution. It does not pass.

2010: Students at UC Berkeley present a divestment resolution that passes on its first vote. It is vetoed a week later and despite continuing to hold majority support, the senate is not able to overcome the veto.

2010: Students at UC San Diego presents a divestment resolution but is turned down again.

2011: Students at UC San Diego attempt divestment a third time, but are unable to reach the senate for a vote.

2012: Students at UC Irvine presents a divestment resolution and it passes unanimously. This marks the 1st UC to pass divestment.

2013: Students at UC Riverside presents a divestment resolution to their student senate, and it passes. However, after being pressured by anti-Palestinian groups on campus, the senators reconvene and vote to rescind the resolution.

2013: Students at UC San Diego finally pass their divestment resolution by a large margin. This marks the 2nd UC to pass divestment.

2013: Students at UC Santa Barbara submit a divestment resolution which fails by 1 vote. The bill is re-voted on two more times that year.

2013: Students at UC Berkeley successfully passes a divestment resolution. This marks the 3rd UC to pass divestment.

2013: Students at UC Davis presents a divestment resolution which does not make it out of committees.

2013: Students at UC Riverside present a divestment resolution which fails by one vote.

2014: Students at UC Riverside re-present their divestment resolution which finally passes. This marks the 4th UC to pass divestment.

2014: Students at UCLA present a divestment resolution which fails by one vote.

2014: Students at UC Davis present a divestment resolution which results in a tie.

2014: Students at UC Santa Barbara present a divestment resolution which does not pass.

2014: Students at UC Santa Cruz present a divestment resolution that passes. This marks the 5th UC to pass divestment. Later that summer, UCSC Student Body President Shaz Umer invalidates the vote based on his interpretation of Roberts Rules. 

2014: Students at UCLA present a divestment resolution which passes. This marks the 5th UC to pass divestment

2015: Students at UC Davis present a divestment resolution which passes. Later, the resolution is then stricken down by the judicial board as “not pertinent to student welfare.” Finally, the bill is presented again with specific language about student welfare. The resolution passes, overriding the judicial board. This marks the 6th UC to pass divestment. 

2015: Students at UC Santa Cruz present a resolution to overturn UCSC Student Body President’s invalidation of the 2014 divestment vote, citing overwhelming evidence that the vote was valid. The resolution passes, making UCSC the 7th UC to have passed divestment. 

2016: Students at UC Merced present “A Resolution in Support of Divestment from Companies in Violation of Human Rights” which passes overwhelmingly and is signed by the student government president on April 26, 2016. This makes UC Merced the 8th UC to have passed divestment. 

2. BDS in the California State University System

2014: Students at San Diego State University present a divestment resolution which takes months to pass through committees. It finally reaches the full senate, but does not pass.

2015: Students at San Diego State University present a divestment referendum to the campus. It gains a majority vote, but does not reach the 2/3rds threshold to be formally adopted. 

2015: Students at San Jose State University present a divestment resolution that passes. This makes San Jose State the 1st CSU to pass divestment.

2017: Students at California State University – Long Beach present a divestment resolution that passes. This makes CSU Long Beach the 2nd CSU to pass divestment.  

3. BDS at Community Colleges

2017: Students at DeAnza College present a divestment resolution that passes. This makes DeAnza the first community college to pass divestment. 

4. BDS at private universities

2007: Students at Stanford University present a divestment resolution that does not pass.

2013: Students at Stanford University present a divestment resolution that does not pass.

2015: Students at Stanford University present a divestment resolution which passes. This makes Stanford the first private college in California to pass divestment.

2017: Students at Claremont College (Pitzer) present a resolution to disallow student funds from being used to make purchases from companies involved in occupation. This makes Claremont the second private college in California to pass a BDS motion.