Last updated 9:13 PM CST, Mar. 25
Loyola University Chicago’s student senate passed a resolution Tuesday evening to divest from corporations profiting from Israel’s occupation.
The resolution, introduced by Loyola’s Students for Justice in Palestine, passed by a landslide vote, with 26 student senators voting in favor, none voting against, and two choosing to abstain.
However, following pressure from select students, the resolution was faced with a revote the following week, which it also passed. (Read the full account here.)
The resolution urges the university administration to withdraw investments from eight corporations complicit in Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories, including Caterpillar, SodaStream, Veolia, and Hewlett-Packard.
The divestment resolution itself faced no opposition, according to students and community members present at the hearing. The only major hurdle faced by student organizers was a proposed amendment to edit the formatting and visual layout of the resolution. The content was not changed.
This evening’s turn of events makes Loyola University Chicago the first Catholic university and the first university from the state of Illinois to pass divestment.
Loyola’s divestment success is one of three divestment hearings that occurred simultaneously across the nation.
At the University of Michigan, the Central Student Government voted to “table, indefinitely” a divestment bill presented by student representatives of campus group Students Allied for Freedom and Equality. Over one hundred students and supporters in attendance began to chant in protest of the student government’s decision.
In Phoenix, AZ, Students for Justice in Palestine at the Arizona State University also introduced a divestment bill for a first-read. It, too, was tabled indefinitely, but student organizers intend to present the resolution for a vote on April 1.
It is worth noting that no resolutions were rejected this evening.
This article will be updated as more information is made available.