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Gates Divests!!! Presbyterians Next?

by Anna Baltzer, National Organizer
June 8th, 2014


HUGE NEWS! Bloomberg News has confirmed that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation divested all $184 million of its holdings in G4S following an international, Palestinian-led campaign urging the foundation to end investments in the British private security company that helps run Israeli prisons that hold and torture Palestinian prisoners. In the U.S., G4S also operates privatized juvenile detention facilities and works with Homeland Security to detain and deport people across the U.S./Mexico border and transport immigrants to detention facilities nationwide.

G4S - Securing Injustice

On the heels of Gates' divestment, public pressure from well-known leaders, and activists' disruption of the company's annual shareholder meeting, G4S announced that it intends to pull out of Israeli prisons completely. Until it does, the campaigns targeting G4S will and must continue, but this welcome announcement shows the incredible power of divestment and international pressure.

Congratulations to everyone involved in the campaign, including the thousands of you who signed this petition and US Campaign member groups in Seattle and Washington, D.C. who delivered it to the Gates Foundation! Your voices were heard.

Now, will you be part of another huge divestment moment?

In less than a week, I will be on the ground in Detroit, Michigan where the Presbyterian Church (USA) is considering multiple resolutions in support of Palestinian human rights, including a resolution to divest from three U.S. companies involved in the Israeli occupation.

Mobilizing support for the 2012 divestment vote that almost passed. Click to help make 2014 the year!

Working around the clock, we have been organizing a massive support effort with dozens of member groups and individuals in Detroit and beyond to show Presbyterians what widespread support lies behind them as they follow their conscience and church process by supporting Palestinian rights. From coordinating volunteers to testifying before voting commissioners, and everything in between, the US Campaign will be there every step of the way.

But this is a massive effort requiring a huge amount of time and resources... Only you can make it come together.

Together with the G4S victory, this month could go down in U.S. divestment history forever. Click here to help that happen by giving $25, $50, $100, or any amount you can today.

P.S. You may remember that in 2012, Presbyterian divestment lost by just one vote, showing we are at a true turning point where every little action can make a difference. Even if you can't give, you can still sign up to help with social media, graphic design, attending the GA, and more here.

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