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University of Illinois at Chicago Student Government votes unanimously to divest from Israeli occupation

The Undergraduate Student Government Assembly of the University of Illinois at Chicago voted unanimously on Monday (February 15th, 2016) to pass a resolution urging the university to divest from corporations profiting off of the Israeli occupation and other human rights violations.

The resolution aims to end UIC’s complicity in investments within multinational corporations that actively profit and enable human rights violations, including G4S, Hewlett-Packard, Caterpillar, Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Foxconn. Within the resolution, UIC Divest also emphasized transparency, urging the university to share its investment portfolio with the public, and establish a role for students on the Board of Trustees investment committee.

UIC Divest is a student led movement on campus, made up of 24 organizations, calling on UIC to divest from all human rights violations. This vote comes after several weeks of campaigning by the UIC Divest coalition to mobilize the student body, gathering more than 800 signatures in support.

In 1987, UIC partially divested from apartheid in South Africa, in response to mass pressure from the student body. Thus, UIC has a history of divestment and a longstanding commitment to social justice. The resolution passed is indicative of UIC Divest’s commitment to pressure UIC to uphold its commitment to socially responsible investments.

“This vote comes after weeks of hard work by UIC students to raise awareness on campus. We held multiple workshops, actions, events, and tabled for days in the student center, gathering hundreds of signatures on a petition, in order to ensure that students were informed on the issue. We are ecstatic that USG did the right thing in voting unanimously to divest, withstanding pressure from opposition and outside lobbyist organizations.” said Ahmad Albanna, USG senator and UIC Divest organizer.

While tonight’s divestment vote is an important step in the divestment movement, we recognize that this is just the beginning. We are committed to working towards urging the university to divest wholly from the Israeli occupation and all forms of oppression of marginalized communities, and to uphold the demands of its students.

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Groups endorsing the boycott of products made in Israel’s illegal and racist settlements include:

Students for Justice in Palestine

Jewish Voice for Peace Chicago

Students for the Advancement of Freedom, Equality & Human Rights

United Students Against Sweatshops

Black Student Union

Fearless Undocumented Alliance

Mexican Students de Aztlan

Pakistani Student Organization

Union for Puerto Rican Students

Political Science Student Union

Hindu Student Council

United Muslim Relief

Amnesty International

Muslim Student Association

Palestine Children’s Relief Fund

Powerlifting and Body Building

MEDLife

Thaakat

Arab American Association of Engineers and Architects

Delta Epsilon Mu-Psi Fraternity

Delta Xi Phi Sorority

Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement

Anti-War Committee

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