If you’re taking a walk by Admissions today, you’ll no doubt notice the protest being held by students pushing for the University’s divestment from weapons contractors. They’ve been out there since yesterday, says Laura Heath ’11, pictured above. And they plan on camping out for as long as it takes—if needed, until May, when the trustees are set to decide on the divestment issue.
Students have also established a Divestment Office blog to chronicle the developments of the protest, and the divestment issues at stake:
After planning for several weeks, students were given permission to erect a tent city on the lawn of the Investment Office protesting Wesleyan University’s investment in weapons contractors. Quickly, two tents were pitched and a small sign which reads “Divestment Office” was hung from one of the tents.
The tents were set up to protest Wesleyan’s investment in several weapons contractors [that] have returned enormous profits since the start of the Iraq War. The school has an undisclosed amount of its endowment invested in companies such as General Dynamics and Raytheon. Both companies make the majority of their profits from government defense contracts. […]
Until the Board of Trustees, which holds the power to divest, has removed Wesleyan’s financial investment in weapons contractors, the tents will remain set up on the lawn.