Divestment Feedback Form

Students for Justice in Palestine at UCLA has been working on a divestment resolution for this school year. We are making this a community-driven process to maximize the student voice when taking this to USAC.

Below is the core of the resolution that we have written, with the companies that we are targeting and the accompanying evidence for human rights violations. We have included guidelines for your suggestions, and we are looking for your input in this resolution. While SJP as an organization is ultimately responsible for the resolution and will therefore make the final decisions on which input to include and how to include it, we want to do the maximum possible to be as responsive and inclusive of community input. So please feel free to propose suggestions!

1. As this resolution is being considered by the Undergraduate Student Association Council of UCLA, we are only considering feedback by UCLA students.
2. The resolution is about divesting from American companies that violate human rights. Therefore, suggestions should not oppose human rights or support their continued violation.
3.. We don’t feel that, as college students, it is our place to dictate political solutions to people living under conditions that we do not experience. While the resolution may be supported by people who support a variety of political solutions to the occupation, USAC is not in a position to credibly endorse one of those solutions.
We would like the introduction to do the following things:
Establish the moral basis of divestment
Describe why students engage in divestment
Describe the history of divestment
Apply divestment to the context of human rights violations against Palestinians

This section contains the list of companies that we are invested in and which violate human rights: This section, or “the core” is already researched and written.

1. WHEREAS, the following illustrative and non-exhaustive list of companies in which the University of California invests enable and profit from human rights abuses and violence;

2. WHEREAS, Boeing, Caterpillar, Cement Roadstone Holdings, Cemex, General Dynamics, General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, and United Technologies have violated the universal right “to life, liberty, and security of person;” “to education;” to “privacy, family [and] home;” “to own property, and ...[not to] be arbitrarily deprived of property”;

3. WHEREAS, Caterpillar has violated these rights by continually providing engineering tools and bulldozers routinely used in the demolition of Palestinian homes, refugee camps, water cisterns, and agricultural fields in the West Bank and Gaza- , and by providing bulldozers used to expand settlements and construct the Separation Wall and checkpoints throughout the West Bank7, which have been ruled to be in violation of international law in the International Court of Justice’s 2004 Advisory Opinion;

4. WHEREAS, by providing cement and other building materials, Cement Roadstone Holdings (CRH) has contributed to the construction of military checkpoints, the Separation Wall, and settlements within the occupied Palestinian territory ;

5. WHEREAS, Cemex also owns and operates manufacturing plants in West Bank settlements, exploiting Palestinian natural resources in violation of international law;

6. WHEREAS, CRH and Cemex have supplied building materials used to build illegal settlements, the Separation Wall, and checkpoints within the occupied Palestinian territory;

7. WHEREAS, Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) has provided biometric identification systems used at Israeli military checkpoints, which restrict the freedom of movement of Palestinians, facilitate discrimination against Palestinians, and reinforce a stratification of citizenship;

8. WHEREAS, HP profits from global mass incarceration and provides prisoner data systems for the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs (ICE) Law Enforcement Support Center;

9. WHEREAS, corporations that the University of California invests in, including Boeing, General Dynamics, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, and United Technologies, have provided weapons used in systematic attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure in the Gaza Strip

Note: Please visit http://www.sjpbruins.com/divest.html for citations

Here, we would like to connect corporate violations of human rights back to UCLA and call for divestment and ethical investments. We would like to do the following:
1. Describe how these investments in human rights violations relate to students at UCLA, including Palestinian students
2. Ask the Regents for divestment and to apply socially responsible standards across the board
3. Ask for more student oversight over investment policies

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