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Divestment Presentation

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by Shadi Matar on 17 January 2014

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South African Apartheid
Segregated Areas
What is Apartheid?
1. An official policy of racial segregation formerly practiced in the Republic of South Africa, involving political, legal, and economic discrimination against nonwhites.
2. A policy or practice of separating or segregating groups.
3. The condition of being separated from others; segregation.
Merriam Webster Online
What is apartheid?
Example of S. African Apartheid
Is there apartheid in Palestine?
How does this effect students?
How do these companies profit from apartheid?
What does this resolution actually do?
What this bill does NOT do.
Who supports this resolution?
Is There Apartheid in Palestine?
I have been to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and I have witnessed the racially segregated roads and housing that reminded me so much of the conditions we experienced in South Africa under the racist system of Apartheid. I have witnessed the humiliation of Palestinian men, women, and children made to wait hours at Israeli military checkpoints routinely when trying to make the most basic of trips to visit relatives or attend school or college, and this humiliation is familiar to me and the many black South Africans who were corralled and regularly insulted by the security forces of the Apartheid government.

In South Africa, we could not have achieved our freedom and just peace without the help of people around the world, who through the use of non-violent means, such as boycotts and divestment, encouraged their governments and other corporate actors to reverse decades-long support for the Apartheid regime.

Students played a leading role in that struggle, and I write this letter with a special indebtedness to your school, Berkeley, for its pioneering role in advocating equality in South Africa and promoting corporate ethical and social responsibility to end complicity in Apartheid. I visited your campus in the 1980’s and was touched to find students sitting out in the baking sunshine to demonstrate for the University divestment in companies supporting the South African regime.
Desmond Tutu: Letter to UC Berkeley
Is this a student issue?
What does this resolution actually do?
Lets students know where their money is going
Puts pressure on companies to change policies
Advocation of human rights
Logical means to an end
Start the domino effect of change
March 6, 2013
Divestment from Companies that Profit from Apartheid
What this resolution does NOT do
Bankrupt these companies
Says ASUCR is Pro-Palestinian
Says ASUCR is Anti-Israel
Says ASUCR is Anti-Semitic
Ends our relationship with this company
Polaroid ID Cards
Israeli Issued IDs
Basel System
Desmond Tutu
Who Supports This Resolution on campus?
Concluding Thoughts/Questions
Institutionalized Racism
Monday March 4, 2013
Palestinian Only Buses
S. Africa
Students do not want their money being used to support an apartheid system.
Students were the key to ending Vietnam War and South African Apartheid
As students we are the ones who lead change to make a better worldWe expect a higher standard of ethics from the UC system as a whole.
"To those who wrongly accuse you of unfairness or harm done to them by this call for divestment, I suggest, with humility, that the harm suffered from being confronted with opinions that challenge one’s own pales in comparison to the harm done by living a life under occupation and daily denial of basic rights and dignity. It is not with rancor that we criticize the Israeli government, but with hope, a hope that a better future can be made for both Israelis and Palestinians, a future in which both the violence of the occupier and the resulting violent resistance of the occupied come to an end, and where one people need not rule over another, engendering suffering, humiliation, and retaliation. True peace must be anchored in justice and an unwavering commitment to universal rights for all humans, regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender, national origin or any other identity attribute. You, students, are helping to pave that path to a just peace."
Desmond Tutu
Student Orgs
How do these companies profit from Apartheid?
1. UC Students Pay Fees/Tuition
2. UC Schools use these funds to make contracts with companies
3. Companies make more and more profit continuing with the same policies
4. Same policies remain in effect thus continuing the cycle.
HP Code of Ethics
Caterpillar Code of Ethics
Afrikan Student Alliance
Alpha Pi Sigma
Armenian Student Association
BLAACK (Brothers Leading African Americans through Consciousness and Knowledge)
Filipinos in Health Sciences
Global Brigades
Hip Hop Congress
La Familia
Latino Business Student Association
Muslim Student Association
NAMES and Neighbors
Nu Alpha Kappa
Pakistani Student Association
Queer People of Color
RAZA Assembly (38 Orgs)
Sigma Lambda Beta
Sigma Pi Alpha
Sisters in Strength
Society of Women Engineers
Students for Justice in Palestine
Sustainable UCR
Unidos Salvadorio de Estudiantes Universidados (USEU)
Union Estudiantil de la Raza (UER)
Jodi Kim, Ethnic Studies (associate professor)
Patricia Morton, Art History (chair and associate professor)
Setsu Shigematsu, Media and Culture Studies (assistant professor)
Dylan Rodriguez, Ethnic Studies (chair and professor)
Freya Schiwy, Hispanic Studies (associate professor)
Amalia Cabezas, Ethnic Studies (associate professor)
Farah Godrej, Political Science (associate professor)
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