Colleges should devote more time to teaching economics and elementary finance to their students. Armed with some basics, these well-meaning students would be able to make a much bigger impact on our world.
RISD students have been pushing for divestment since January, but after an initially positive response, the Board of Trustees has now refused to move any proposals forward despite large amounts of support from students and faculty.
Around the country, Americans are not only lobbying their Congressmembers to support legislation to reduce gun violence, they are also voting with their dollars -- through pension funds, government purchasing policies, and university endowments.
Over the past months, the youth climate movement and its allies have been raising the stakes. In its first month alone, the fossil fuel divestment movement reached 192 campuses, and even spread to the city of Seattle. But we're not going to stop there.
Divesting a major company from an investment portfolio is a huge move. This quick development, just days after the massacre, demonstrates the incredible power that large investment funds hold when they even mention the consideration of divestment.
Climate change activist Bill McKibben has been touring the nation and promoting the idea that universities need to stop supporting fossil fuel companies. But officials at Chicago's leading universities are not yet willing to comment.
I am all for dumping carbon stocks, if for no other reason than a sense of decency and honor. And the spectacle of targeting the enemy -- giving them a name and an address -- is great, but it needs to be linked to other forms of leverage.
Over the years, not only has Israel prohibited the emergence of a new Palestinian economy -- it structurally and systematically has made certain that even the buds of such a productive economy would never see the light of day.
The mainstream U.S. press wrote quite extensively about last week's Presbyterian campaign for corporate social responsibility. Virtually all the headlines focused on the decision not to divest from corporations profiting from the Israeli occupation.
At the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA, the commissioners emphasized the importance of alleviating suffering through the establishment of a just, peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict -- a profoundly pro-Israeli position.
Tisha B'Av fell on the same day as the first TIAA CREF annual meeting since Jewish Voice for Peace initiated a campaign to get TIAA CREF to divest its holdings from companies that profit from Israel's occupation of Palestinian land.
Students are helping to pave a path to a Middle East 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 their lead.