'In a historic move, Brown University in Rhode Island has become the first US Ivy League institution to pass a student referendum supporting divestment from companies complicit in Israel’s human rights violations.
The Brown vote follows a similar divestment resolution passed by the student government at Swarthmore College in early March.
The Brown referendum calls on the administration “to divest all stocks, funds, endowment, and other monetary instruments from companies complicit in human rights abuses in Palestine, including Boeing, Caterpillar, G4S, Hewlett Packard Enterprise CO, Motorola Solutions Inc., Oaktree Capital Group LLC, Textron, AB Volvo, and The Safariland.”
It garnered 69 percent of the voting student body’s support, according to students with the Brown Divest campaign, and the voter turnout “was one of the highest in the history of elections held by the Undergraduate Council of Students,” the group adds.
The 21 March referendum was a “historic day for Brown as we take an emboldened and clear stand against the university’s complicity in human rights abuses in Palestine and in similar systems of oppression across the world,” Brown Divest said.
Students say that the measure follows years of mobilization and the unity of campus groups, and that they will continue to hold the administration accountable to implement the demands of the student body.
A student supporter of the referendum who did not wish to be named told The Electronic Intifada that since the measure passed, more than 250 students have applied to join the core group of Brown Divest. Student activists are also preparing to engage in public activism to pressure the administration to implement divestment.
“The student body has a united stance,” the student said. “They recognize that what’s going on in Palestine is not okay and that we should do something about it.”'
Read more: Students vote to divest at Brown, Swarthmore
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