Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Desmond Tutu supports UC Berkeley divestment--and you can too

Anti-apartheid hero Desmond Tutu writes today in the Huffington Post:
"It was with great joy that I learned of the recent 16-4 vote at UC Berkeley in support of divesting the university's money from companies that enable and profit from the injustice of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land and violation of Palestinian human rights. Principled stands like this, supported by a fast growing number of U.S. civil society organizations and people of conscience, including prominent Jewish groups, are essential for a better world in the making, and it is always an inspiration when young people lead the way and speak truth to power. Despite what detractors may allege, these students are doing the right thing. They are doing the moral thing. They are doing that which is incumbent on them as humans who believe that all people have dignity and rights, and that all those being denied their dignity and rights deserve the solidarity of their fellow human beings....These students are helping to pave that path to a just peace and I heartily endorse their divestment vote, encourage them to stand firm on the side of what is right, and urge others to follow the lead of the youth."
Desmond Tutu supports divestment at UC Berkeley, and you can too. The Associated Students of the University of California Berkeley (ASUC) will cast its final vote TOMORROW on whether to divest from two corporations profiting from Israeli occupation and apartheid. This means that you have one last chance to support the divestment resolution by asking ASUC student senators to overturn their president's veto of the resolution. Click here to send a message urging ASUC student senators to support divestment.