50 Activists attend meeting as UMass Board of Trustees approves motion of divestment from fossil fuel companies
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AMHERST– By a unanimous vote from the University of Massachusetts Foundation’s Board of Directors, UMass will become the first major public university to divest its direct investments in fossil fuel companies, according to the school’s press release. In mid April, hundreds of University of Massachusetts students held a sit-in inside the Whitmore Administration Building, demanding the university cut its investments in fossil fuels. The protest lasted eight nonconsecutive days and over 30 students were arrested for trespassing on the property. Today, their efforts have been rewarded. “This action is consistent with the principles that have guided our university since its Land Grant inception…
The University of Massachusetts divested its endowment from direct holdings in fossil fuels today, according to a press release sent by the UMass Foundation, becoming the first major public university to do so. The decision was made after a unanimous vote by the Board of Directors of the UMass Foundation, an organization which oversees and arranges the endowment of UMass. In April eight days of demonstrations from the UMass Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign resulted in the arrest of 34 participants for refusing to leave the Whitmore Administration Building. The Whitmore sit-in led to a commitment from UMass system President Marty…
Organizer Sarah Jacqz says that campaign’s action may not come through the occupation of Whitmore
Letter: How much difference does divestment really make?
UMass Divest The Rest sit-in continued for the fourth consecutive day inside Whitmore on Thursday, April 14. No students were arrested. Photos by Shannon Broderick, Katherine Mayo, and Judith Gibson-Okunieff.
Wednesday’s arrests make for a total of 34 when added to the 15 students arrested Tuesday following a sit-in protest at Whitmore Administration Building.
The UMass Divest The Rest sit-in continued on Wednesday in Whitmore, with 19 students arrested.
Divest UMass rallied and staged a sit-in at Whitmore to demand divestment from fossil fuels.
In the wake of recent climate talks in Paris, UMass sophomore Sarah Jacqz writes that the Board of Trustees has an opportunity to make a statement.
After nearly a year of requesting a meeting with the president of UMass, the Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign will finally get a chance to speak with him face-to-face on May 13.
Photo slideshow: Students marched from Student Union to the Whitmore building protesting the police brutality and overall response during the events of Blarney Blowout. Photos by Cade Belisle, Robert Rigo, James Jesson and Alex Lindsay.