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Prison Divestment Youth Retreat 2016

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Students protest UC funding of private prisons (Photo via Common Dreams) Via La Cartita | March 24, 2016
This summer the third annual National Prison Divestment Youth Retreat will bring together youth from across the country who recognize that, in order to address the criminalization of communities of color and the systematic harassment of immigrants, we must confront the private interests supporting racist, anti-immigrant and pro-incarceration policies. The retreat will be a space to gain the organizing tools needed to grow successful prison divestment campaigns on our campuses and in our communities. We will learn about legal and financial systems; build relationships with fellow youth as well as movement elders; develop national divestment strategy; and build the national youth-led movement against for-profit prisons that strives for prison abolition and a just immigration system.

The location and dates should be finalized soon. Fill out the Prison Divestment Youth Retreat Interest Form if you would like us to send you the registration form when all the logistics have been finalized!

 

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An Alum's Thoughts on UMW's Divestment Victory

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On April 15, 2015, 17 University of Mary Washington students and I exited the administrative building that we had been occupying for 21 days. We joined hundreds of our peers who gathered behind a wall of VA state troopers. Chants started as two students and a community member were pulled into the back of a paddy wagon with shackles around their ankles. The UMW administration, along with the board, had ordered us to end our sit-in an hour before in a drastic statement of defiance to the campus community’s continued demands for fossil fuel divestment.

 

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Summer 2016 Interns

Our staff with former REC interns

We're looking for two Organizing Interns this summer to work at our office in Downtown Brooklyn.  Submit your cover letter and resume by May 16, 2016.

Find out more by checking out the description at CONNECT > Jobs & Volunteering

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NEW JERSEY PRISON DIVESTMENT COALITION LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN AND RALLY AT GEO GROUP HALFWAY HOUSE

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

APRIL 22, 2016

Nina Macapinlac, New Jersey Prison Divest

(973) 641-9735, nina@endowmentethics.org

 

NEW JERSEY PRISON DIVESTMENT COALITION LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN AND RALLY AT GEO GROUP HALFWAY HOUSE

Newark, NJ – Members of New Jersey Prison Divest, a newly formed coalition of community and student organizations, rallied today outside of the Newark Residential Reentry Center, which is owned by GEO Group Inc., the second largest private prison corporation in the country. This rally marked the launch of the coalition’s campaign against mass incarceration and criminalization in New Jersey.

Made up of 15 community and student organizations working on issues around immigrant rights and criminal justice, New Jersey Prison Divest held a community speak-out in front of the halfway house. Representatives who spoke included those from Pax Christi, New Jersey Communities United, Wind of the Spirit, Paul Robeson Prison Divestment at Rutgers University, and People’s Organization for Progress. These speeches included direct experiences of those who were formerly incarcerated or affected by criminalization and mass incarceration.

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12 Years at REC: Escalations and Celebrations!

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:

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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)

 

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REC Supports Columbia University Occupation of Low Library #TimesUpCU

 

Photo from Columbia Divest for Climate Justice Facebook page

Photo from Columbia Divest for Climate Justice Facebook page

The Responsible Endowments Coalition supports the students of Columbia Divest for Climate Justice (CDCJ) on the fifth day of Low Library's occupation.

The fossil fuel industry drives the climate crisis, exploits and oppresses communities along its entire supply chain, and has captured our political process by buying off our politicians. We commend Columbia Divest for Climate Justice for confronting their administration’s complicity in this destructive industry by demanding their university cut financial ties​ with the top 200 dirty energy companies.

President Bollinger must publicly recommend full fossil fuel divestment to Columbia’s board of trustees, and have the University divest its British Petroleum and ExxonMobil shares.

We applaud CDCJ for organizing and mobilizing students, alums, and faculty at Columbia University. Low Library’s occupation by CDCJ is an incredible show of student power and discipline. REC sees students demanding #endowmentjustice as the first step campuses are taking across the nation to ultimately turn to a cooperative economy powered by democratically controlled renewable energy. REC will continue to support these campaigners until all CDCJ’s demands are met and Columbia University is fossil free!

Support this action and Columbia Divest for Climate Justice by sending donations directly to student activists here.

#TimesUpCU #endowmentjustice

 

 

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Marcie Smith in The Nation this week

"Marcie Smith, Executive Director of the Responsible Endowments Coalition, calls this a 'rage-inducing picture.' 'Universities raking in a record $40 billion in 2015, Wall Street stacked boards of directors approving self-dealing investments, all while tuition continues to rise, student debt continues to mount, and value of a college degree declines,' she says. 'The state of higher education is yet another example of austerity in America, and signals the dangerous creep of a free market fundamentalism that thinks all institutions in society exist to enrich the bankers.'

This week, REC's Executive Director, Marcie Smith is quoted in The Nation in Astra Taylor's article, "Universities Are Becoming Billion-Dollar Hedge Funds With Schools Attached." Check it out and share!

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 (AP Photo / Elise Amendola, File)

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REC Supports VA Students - #RepealThePermits !

17 students were arrested at the Department of Environmental Quality in Richmond, VA.  We must do everything in our power to ensure that Dominion Energy is not be permitted to dump coal ash into Quantico Creek on Wednesday, March 9, 2016.

Police begin arrests at DEQ in Richmond - Image credit Z. Kronemer 

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STAND WITH VA: No To Dominion Energy Dumping Coal Ash in Virginia Waters

For over a decade, Dominion Energy, the largest energy utility company in Virginia, has been dumping tonnes of coal ash into Quantico Creek--a tributary of the Potomac River. They have been contaminating this prime source of drinking water, which services Virginians in 39 counties and 16 cities.

VSEC holds DOMINION PROFITS at local action

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Land is Life, Existence As Resistance: Reflections on Solidarity Trip to the Philippines

This week, some 133 indigenous survivors of Typhoon Pablo returned to their mountain home in Compostela Valley, Mindanao—the southernmost island of the Philippines—after being forcibly evacuated by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for over two weeks. Last month, I had the opportunity to integrate with this community as a delegate of the 2015 BAYAN USA peace mission. As a REC staff member, I joined the mission with the objective of learning more about the relationship of militarization and counterinsurgency with mining and resource extraction in the Philippines and other countries in the Global South. Little did I know that I was going to get a much closer look than I had expected.

The BAYAN USA Peace Mission was made up of eight US-based Filipino activists and two Palestinian youth organizers from the Palestinian Youth Movement. As international delegates, we were invited on a fact-finding mission to Side 4, Barangay Mangayon in Compostela Valley to document the conditions of the Lumads and distribute school supplies to the children. “Lumad” is used to refer to the 18 ethnolinguistic tribes of indigenous people living in Mindanao, one of the most mineralized places in the world with an estimated amount of $1 trillion worth of untapped mineral resources. The Lumads are at the forefront of the struggle against climate change and imperialist plunder in the Philippines, and have put up organizations to defend their ancestral lands. Because of their active resistance against large-scale logging, mining and plantation agriculture, the Lumad peoples have been subject to increasing state violence and human rights violations in recent years.

On November 24th, the night before our arrival to Side 4, the local organizers got word that the 66th IB of the Armed Forces of the Philippines had encamped outside the school in an empty house within the community. The organizers gave us an orientation on safety and conduct, but they were not fazed and encouraged us to stay in high spirits. They emphasized that our solidarity as international delegates was even more urgent given the situation. Throughout the trip, this sentiment presented itself time and time again—by being in the community and learning the conditions of the Lumad, our biggest contribution as international delegates is to bring back the stories to our own communities and expose the truth of the Lumads’ plight to the rest of the world.

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BAYAN USA Peace Mission delegates and one of our local organizers from Mindanao during our six-hour trek to the Salugpongan School

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