6 May 2013 / Electronic Intifada / Oberlin College student senate passes divestment resolution, targets six companies
Oberlin College, the historically progressive liberal arts institution in Oberlin, Ohio, successfully passed a divestment resolution on Sunday, 5 May.
In a press release sent to The Electronic Intifada, the Oberlin College Students for a Free Palestine (SFP) group say that after a three-hour plenary session, the student senate voted “by majority” to support the resolution, with several modifications from the original draft.
The resolution calls for divestment from six companies which profit from Israel’s occupation, including companies in the settlement industry (SodaStream) and Israel’s checkpoints and prison system (G4S). The resolution was supported by a wide variety of student groups on campus.
Oberlin College is the latest university in North America to hold or pass such a resolution in the student senate during the 2012-2013 school year. In California alone, student senates at the University of California at Irvine, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara and UC Berkeley have all held divestment votes (with UC Irvine, UC San Diego, and UC Berkeley passing and upholding the resolutions). The undergraduate student union at York University in Toronto, Canada, passed a divestment resolution in March.
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