by Mary Schellentrager, Divestment Campaign Coordinator, Energy Action Coalition
On dozens of campuses across the country yesterday, students Marched Forth on March 4th with marches and rallies demanding our universities divest now!
Flaunting the orange square, we showed our growing power with escalated pressure on our university presidents and boards. We proclaimed "Divestment is a Tactic; Justice is the Goal" and connected our movement with the larger struggle for economic and climate justice.
Yesterday, we showed how our national momentum from February's Power Up! Student Convergence can translate to taking action on our campuses in solidarity with one another. Together, we are unstoppable!
Check out the national photo roundup after the jump!
Divest for our Future Middlebury organized a march and rally on campus that drew 150 student supporters!
Brown Divest Coal held a rally on their quad demanding their university divest. The rally follows a statement from the administration revealing that Brown is invested in some of the filthiest 15 coal companies they're targeting for divestment. Check out video from the action on their facebook page!
Students from Bowdoin Climate Action marched forth on their quad, following an all-star panel they hosted last week where Unity College President Stephen Mulkey, Bill McKibben, and Dan Apfel of the Responsible Endowments Coalition called for the climate change conversation to shift to action on campus, starting with divestment.
Syracuse students held a rally and marched across campus, chanting "We are unstoppable; another world is possible." The march ended at their administrative offices, where student representatives met with the Vice Chancellor, CFO, and members of the Sustainability Action Council.
Cornell DivestNOW, still soaring with momentum from their rally that made the front page of the Cornell Daily Sun last week, kicked off a full week of petition deliveries to President Skorton yesterday.
Columbia University & Barnard College
Columbia-Barnard Divest contined momentum from their successful rally and press coverage in the Columbia Spectator last week by tabling and outreaching to new student supporters.
Tufts Divest for Our Future organized a march and rally yesterday that was attended by dozens of students and President Monaco!
SUNY - Geneseo
Students in Divest SUNY-Geneseo gathered at their school's administrative offices and called on their university to go fossil free!
Fossil Free Yale rallied yesterday to pressure their Board to divest - check out this video peition from the action!
Brandeis students marched across campus yesterday and rallied outside of their administration's offices for divestment!
Students from Mount Holyoke Fossil Free organized a photo petition yesterday with over 50 students participating and calling on the university to divest!
University of California at Berkeley
UC Berkeley students rallied at their administration building yesterday to show students want the entire UC endowment to go fossil free.
Hot off the heels of a successful Environmental Justice Teach-In last weekend, Smith students gathered to push their administration to divest yesterday.
Fossil Free Stanford held a rally on campus calling on their Board to divest and held an outreach tabling event where they gained dozens of new student supporters.
Harvard Students demanded divestment with an action in their library.
Students from AU Fossil Free gathered student petitions yesterday to call on their adminstration to divest.
California Polytechnic State University
Cal Poly students organized a photo petition where dozens of students showed their support for divestment.
Students at Haverford dropped a banner in their student center calling on their university to divest now!
With momentum building from Vassar Student Association's overwhelming support (21-1) in passing a resolution for fossil fuel divestment last week, Fossil Free Vassar kicked off March Forth a few days early with a rally during their Board of Trustee's meeting last Friday! Check out this video of their trustees' responses to recieving the resolution, student petitions, and proposal to divestment during the Board Meeting.
Western Washington University
WWU students met yesterday to push their administration to divest and plan a panel for next week featuring environmental and economic experts and a video from Bill McKibben.
Stevens Institute of Technology
DivestNOW Stevens tabled for petiiton signatures yesterday and created a participatory art installation in their library.
March Forth Day of Action even got some solidarity love from President Johnathan Lash and the Hampshire College community. Hampshire was the first university to screen fossil fuels from their portfolio - if they can do it, your school can too!
Fair Food Network
We also got solidarity love from the Fair Food March gathering up in Michigan!
Missed the March Forth on March 4th?
It's never too late to take action - We'll see you in the streets!
For more information on divestment, or to launch a campaign at your school, email email@example.com.