The student senate at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) voted in favor of a resolution urging the university to divest from companies profiting from Israel’s occupation by a final tally of 8-7-0.
The resolution was introduced by UCR’s Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and the evening’s success followed many months of preparation. A divestment resolution had been presented to the student senate earlier in the year. And even before that, in the previous school year, UCR’s SJP managed to successfully pass a divestment resolution before witnessing outside groups pressure the student government into rescinding the clear victory.
UCR’s divestment hearing was one of three simultaneously taking place on Wednesday. The other two were held at San Diego State University and the University of California, Santa Barbara where, at both institutions, student groups also presented similar divestment resolutions urging the administration to withdraw investments from groups that verifiably profit from occupation and human rights abuses.
While we celebrate this victory, it’s worth taking a moment to reflect on what this year’s “divestapalooza” means — not just in terms of the future for Palestine awareness but also in terms of what it says about the student movement in the United States and its ability to mobilize efficiently, effectively, and passionately. [Read more...]