Today, Earth Day, REC celebrates 12 years of organizing students, alumni, and other university stakeholders across the country for #endowmentjustice. Since our founding, REC has grown to train and mentor over 3,000 student campaigners at over 50 schools annually, giving them tools for holding corporations and investors accountable. This work is more important than ever before and we are grateful that you are beside us, a part of the REC community.
Here's what is new at REC:
Fossil Fuel Divestment Campus Escalations
It's an extraordinary time in the fossil fuel divestment movement. In the past month, both the Pratt Institute and the University of Mary Washington have committed to divest entirely from fossil fuel holdings and Yale announced it would be divesting from coal. And we are presently in the midst of a major escalation across campus campaigns: close to 80 students have been arrested at Divest UMass' organized sit-in at the Whitmore Building; NYU Divest held a 33-hour sit-in at the Bobst Library; and Columbia Divest for Climate Justice has occupied the Low Library since Friday, April 15. These courageous students even got a shout out from presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and actor Mark Ruffalo! (Photo from NYU Divest)
Prison Divestment National Week of Action 2016
This week, across the country, campuses and communities have been mobilizing to build power for their campaigns and eliminate tax breaks for private prison companies. As part of the Prison Divestment National Week of Action, sign the petition to demand the Joint Tax Committee revoke private prisons’ REIT Status and end tax breaks for private prisons here: www.tinyurl.com/NoPrisonTaxBreaks
If you are interested in attending the 2016 Prison Divestment Youth Retreat, please look out for our application in the next week or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
REC is a proud partner of Divest for Democracy, Invest in a Just Transition, a new initiative that connects the power of the fossil fuel divestment movement with campaigns calling on the US government to do its part to divest the economy from fossil fuels and invest in a just transition to a clean, renewable energy future. Follow @democracydivest and #Divest4Democracy and join us on Tuesday, April 26, at 11 AM EST for a Twitter Town Hall. We'll be discussing the route to a #FossilFreeDemocracy: fighting #dirtymoney in politics, ending subsidies to the fossil fuel industry, stopping oil and gas extraction on public lands, and securing public investment in a just transition to a clean, renewable energy economy.
International Solidarity Program
This June, REC will connect fossil fuel divestment organizers with frontline communities in the Philippines through our first International Solidarity Program. Our team of staff and students will be visiting communities affected by coal fired power plants in Batangas, integrating with Typhoon Haiyan survivors in the Visayas, and finally seeing the Lumad struggle against foreign multi-national corporations in Mindanao. Please consider making a donation to support this program and help build the international solidarity necessary to achieve real climate justice.
Summer Organizing Retreat
Our annual flagship program will be held from July 18 to 22 in New Jersey. This program is ideal both for students who want to learn the basics of endowment campaigning or those who want to take their existing campaign to the next level. Our application to participate will be available next week, so keep your eye out and be sure to spread the word! Space is limited.
Thank you again for what you give to the REC community. Onward!