We are thrilled to share updates on a number of exciting events, projects, and campaigns at REC!
This past summer, REC was able to launch its International Solidarity Program (ISP) to the Philippines with fossil fuel divestment organizers from across the country. Join us on October 19 to hear about the trip in New York City over a traditional Filipino kamayan dinner. We’ll celebrate U.S. student movements, solidarity with international grassroots struggles, and REC’s role supporting the development of U.S. student activists since 2004. RSVP here and get your Kamayan tickets today!
This September, we are hosting the University Wealth Hoarding & the U.S. Student Debt Crisis: A Report & Roundtable in New York City this October. Tuition at U.S. colleges and universities has climbed to astronomical heights, forcing millions of young working class people to assume huge amounts of debt for the mere right to compete in living wage job markets. What is the significance of wealthy endowments in the context of the student debt crisis and inflationary tuition? How should endowments be used to aid this crisis? What is the impact of university wealth hoarding on the future of higher education? If you’d like to participate, please email us at [email protected] .
We are incredibly excited to announce Unconference 2016, which will be taking place in NYC on Oct. 21-23! This event is the only student-led space focused on fossil fuel and prison divestment, solidarity, and endowment justice. This convergence will bring together the Fossil Fuel Divestment and Prison Divestment movements to build a foundation for shared tactics and analysis. Apply today!
To cap off the summer, our signature program, the Summer Organizing Retreat, was the biggest cohort we ever hosted! Student organizers from across North America came together to discuss endowment campaigning and how to build a strong foundation in endowment organizing. Led by trainers from our own Training for Trainers program, participants honed their ability to set demands, facilitate, plan direct actions, create political education modules, and deepen coalition building.
After winning a landmark case, we congratulate the Columbia University graduate students, who may now unionize after the National Labor Relations Board ruled in their favor after a two-year battle.
Also, Nikita Perumal, REC's Summer Organizing intern, wrote about the ways other climate justice organizers can change the current conversation on carbon reserves to shift our demands amidst our recent movement wins.
Updates on REC Initiatives
Recent announcements from the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security to respectively end and review private prison contracts have significantly impacted our national private prison divestment strategy. REC's National Organizer for Prison Divestment campaigns, Natalie Casal, reviews what this means for the private prison divestment movement.
After a powerful spring of escalations and wins from some hard fought fossil fuel divestment campaigns at University of Mary Washington, UMass and Pratt, student organizers are gearing up to push for their demands using new tactics in 2016-2017. Students who participated in REC's first Philippines International Solidarity Program are developing campus teach-ins to deepen the analysis of the injustice fueled by the fossil fuel industry, and more groups are building with other student coalitions. The students in REC's organizing community continue to raise the stakes and take their campaigns in new, innovative directions.
Last, we are happy to share that our partners at the The SRI Conference on Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing are currently offering scholarships to the 27th Annual SRI Conference. This year, #AllInForImpact takes place at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Denver from November 9 to 11. Visit our page for more information on how to apply.