The Evergreen State College to Vote on Divesting from Apartheid Israel

Divest @ TESC Kick-Off

Tuesday, May 18th
Lecture Hall 3

Your vote matters!

For the first time our student ballot includes resolutions of international importance. We are calling on Evergreen to adopt a socially responsible investment policy and refuse to do business with Caterpillar – a company that is implicated in grievous human rights violations.

Find out why great folks like South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and author Naomi Klein are encouraging campuses around the country to divest from companies that profit off of Israel’s occupation of Palestine. Learn about Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International’s condemnation of funding for war crimes in the region. Hear from fellow students why these resolutions deserve your support.

Your participation and knowledge matter and now is our time to take a stand for human rights.

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The Statements

There are two exciting resolutions on the student ballot at The Evergreen State College. If you are currently enrolled at Evergreen, please vote yes on these two resolutions below! Voting begins May 17. Check back within the next 48 hours for more details!

Statement #1: We, the student body of The Evergreen State College, call on The Evergreen State College Foundation to instate a socially responsible investment policy. To this end, we ask them to divest from companies that profit from Israel’s occupation of Palestine. As members of the Evergreen community, we stand with conscientious Palestinians, Israelis, and other international figures such as South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu to endorse the non-violent tactic of boycott, divestment, and sanctions for a peaceful and just resolution to the Israel/Palestine conflict. Do you support this resolution?

Statement #2: In 2003, Evergreen student Rachel Corrie was killed by a weaponized Caterpillar bulldozer while non-violently protecting the home of a Palestinian family in Rafah, Palestine. Numerous Palestinian civilians have been killed by militarized Caterpillar bulldozers, as well. Caterpillar, Inc. knowingly sells bulldozers to Israel for military purposes in violation of international law and the US Arms Export Control Act, despite on-going pressure from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch that they desist. Their equipment is used to demolish Palestinian homes, wells, olive trees, orchards, farmland, and other infrastructure as well as to build Israel’s Annexation Wall, which was declared illegal by the International Court of Justice in 2004. Therefore, we, the student body, demand that The Evergreen State College declare a CAT-Free Campus and instate the following policies:

1. Refuse to allow Caterpillar equipment to be used for maintenance and upkeep of campus facilities.
2. Include stipulations in all construction agreements that no Caterpillar equipment will be used for any contracted services with the college.

These policies will remain in effect until Caterpillar, Inc. ends its complicity in human rights violations. Do you support this resolution?

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