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Divestment

The Case for Fossil Fuel Divestment

Bevis Longstreth | Posted 07.11.2014 | Business
Bevis Longstreth

What does divestment accomplish? It avoids the ugly picture of trustees seeking to profit from emissions of carbon through the sale and burning of fossil fuel reserves and from the massive use of shareholder funds to search for more fossil fuels to sell and burn.

We Want People to Change Their Minds

Bill McKibben | Posted 07.10.2014 | Green
Bill McKibben

Every one of us in the Western world has contributed to climate change. We drive, fly, cool, heat. Perhaps we draw pensions from funds that back Exxon and Shell. On and on it goes, since fossil fuel is knit into the fabric of our society. If, as the Times puts it, Tom Steyer is "shadowed by coal," so are the rest of us.

Universities Make 'Cli-fi' Dreams Come True

J. L. Morin | Posted 07.17.2014 | Education
J. L. Morin

Universities are getting tough on environmental protection as they tackle challenges, through architecture, literature, hard science, and finance, bringing the new genre of climate-change fiction to life.

Using Tragedy to Change the Narrative

Nida Khan | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Nida Khan

Until the inhumane treatment of Palestinians is ended, Netanyahu cannot play the victim no matter how hard he may try to spin a situation -- even when he disgustingly uses the deaths of innocent teenagers to do so.

3 Points of Hope on Climate Change: Back to the Future 2014 to 2024

Judith Samuelson | Posted 07.02.2014 | Green
Judith Samuelson

There is no more important challenge than the need to address climate change, and with my 2024 hat on, it's a relief to say we are now winning the war and will avoid catastrophe. How did it happen?

Catholic University's Divestment Decision A Call to Action on Climate and Human Rights

Daniel J. Curran, Ph.D. | Posted 07.01.2014 | Green
Daniel J. Curran, Ph.D.

The University of Dayton recently announced it will begin taking steps to divest from major coal and fossil fuel companies. This action follows a ne...

Do the Presbyterians Expect Jews to Be the World's Only Christians?

Rabbi Kenneth L. Cohen | Posted 07.01.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Kenneth L. Cohen

On June 20, the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) voted 310 to 303 to divest its financial holdings in three American companies which do business in Israel because they "profit from non-peaceful pursuits."

Divest or Double Down?

Terry Tamminen | Posted 06.30.2014 | Green
Terry Tamminen

I witnessed pomp and circumstance at prep schools from Orlando to the Napa Valley and at colleges from Los Angeles to the Ivy League. The surprising topic at all of these cap-and-gown fests? Endowments divesting their holdings in fossil fuel companies.

Presbyterians Divest from the Israeli Occupation: The End of the Beginning?

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

If there is to be a just resolution, some sufficiently potent other groups of people will have to effectively weigh in on the side of the Palestinian victims of occupation.

Jaweed Kaleem

Presbyterian Church Makes Controversial Move Against Israel

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 06.23.2014 | Religion

The largest U.S. Presbyterian church narrowly voted Friday to divest from three multinational corporations that it said supply Israel with products th...

An Open Letter to Our Presbyterian Friends

Cantor Michael Davis | Posted 06.19.2014 | Religion
Cantor Michael Davis

As religious leaders, we are sensitive to the feelings of those Jews who oppose divestment. But we cannot choose to ignore the daily suffering of Palestinians and the shockingly routine loss of Palestinian life living under Occupation.

The Presbyterian Church's Tough Love of Israel

Sam Bahour | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
Sam Bahour

Palestinian civil society and Palestinians -- Christians and Muslims -- have urged everyone interested in seeing peace with justice to divest from the occupation and to invest only where the occupation does not benefit.

Presbyterian Divestment: Contesting Representations of 'the Jewish Community'

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

There's no question that some Jews will be very unhappy if the Presbyterians vote to divest from these three companies. But it's equally clear that the opponents of divestment from the occupation do not speak for all Jews.

Anti-Apartheid Archbishop Calls Presbyterians to Back Divestment from Israeli Occupation

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.16.2014 | Religion
Robert Naiman

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the leader who more than any other human being alive is associated with the successful use of divestment to help overturn apartheid in South Africa, is calling on Presbyterians to choose divestment from the Israeli occupation.

Jaweed Kaleem

United Methodist Church Makes Major Move On Divestment

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 06.12.2014 | Religion

A United Methodist Church fund is divesting from a multinational security firm that activists have criticized for its work in Israel and the Palestini...

Presbyterians Poised for Historic Vote Against Israel's Occupation of Palestine

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.12.2014 | World
Robert Naiman

The most important reference point for non-Presbyterians to judge the morality and wisdom of the divestment that the Presbyterians are poised to consider is the context of failed diplomatic efforts for the last 20 years to resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Criticism of Israeli Policies Toward Palestinians Grows

David Palumbo-Liu | Posted 06.11.2014 | College
David Palumbo-Liu

The latestt academic association to consider censure of Israel was by far the largest group to have done so -- the Modern Language Association. The MLA boasts a membership that dwarfs all others -- it has about 30,000 members worldwide.

Leading Seminary Makes History With Vote To Divest From Fossil Fuels

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.10.2014 | Religion

Trustees of Union Theological Seminary in New York City voted on Tuesday to divest from fossil fuels, making Union the world's first seminary to take ...

Why Proposed Presbyterian Divestment From Israel Is Wrong

Jeanne Bishop | Posted 06.10.2014 | Religion
Jeanne Bishop

I believe in divestment, where appropriate. Threatening to pull our money out of corporations doing business in certain parts of the world can be a good idea, if done in the right place and for the right reasons. Divestment is a terrible idea for Israel.

Jaweed Kaleem

Presbyterian Church's Next Move Could Be A Tipping Point In The Israeli Divestment Debate

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 06.20.2014 | Religion

When thousands of leaders of the nation's largest Presbyterian denomination meet this week for the church's biennial General Assembly, they'll pore th...

Open Letter to Presbyterian Church U.S.A. from the Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace

Philip Farah | Posted 06.05.2014 | Religion
Philip Farah

Boycotting and divesting from companies that profit from the Israeli occupation are not actions aimed against Jews in Israel. Rather, they are means of sending a clear message to the Israeli government that its treatment of the Palestinians is abhorrent.

Private Prisons Are Losing

Rashad Robinson | Posted 05.28.2014 | Black Voices
Rashad Robinson

Over the past 20 years, the number of people locked up for-profit has increased by 1,664 percent, but the horrors of the industry have not been experienced evenly.

Portland Bails On Walmart

The Huffington Post | Andrew Hart | Posted 05.16.2014 | Business

Walmart and Portland, Oregon don't mix. Portland Business Journal reports that on Thursday, Portland city officials announced it will not be makin...

Three Reasons Stanford's Decision to Dump Coal Is a Game Changer

Judith Samuelson | Posted 07.15.2014 | Green
Judith Samuelson

One of the curious things that make up our national lethargy on climate is the deafening silence from young Americans who will pay the biggest costs of global warming -- personally and financially. It's a relief to see students step up on the opportunity to shape their future.

Divest Now: Clayton Williams, the Oil Corporation That Loves the NRA (Even More Than its Own Shareholders)

Naomi Seligman | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Naomi Seligman

Oil and gas giant Clayton Williams Jr. is, of course, under no obligation to change his opinions. But he has no business using his publicly traded corporation to further his political agenda.