Boycott, Divestment & Sanction Ad-Hoc Committee

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Chair

Meetings
About the Committee
Year-End Report: April 2015
Committee News & Events

 

 

Chair

To contact the Committee co-chairs, please e-mail divest@utgsu.ca.

Meetings

As announced in the Weekly UTGSU Digest.

 

About the Committee

The BDS Ad Hoc Committee was struck at the September 2013 UTGSU General Council meeting to respond to the motion passed at the December 2012 UTGSU Annual General Meeting (the highest decision-making body of our union) to call on the University of Toronto to divest from companies benefiting from violations of international law and human rights abuses in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

The motion states:

Be it resolved that the Graduate Students Union endorse Palestinian civil society’s 2005 call for boycotts, divestment and sanctions by calling on the University of Toronto to refrain from investing in all companies complicit in violations of international law. This includes any company that: profits from the illegal occupation of Palestinian land, directly benefits from the construction of the Wall and Israeli settlements, is economically active in settlements, and profits from the collective punishment of Palestinians. This would include the companies BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin and Hewlett Packard.

All those interested in moving this motion forward are welcome to join the committee. Please contact the chair if you have questions or would like to join.

Year-End Report: April 2015

Please see the BDS year-end report here: Year-End Report 2015 [pdf]

Committee News & Events

October 31, 2014: University of Toronto Students Condemn Racist Attacks on Free Speech on Campus and
Demand Accountability and Action by Administration. Please see the press release [pdf] here.

July 16, 2014: Newly released list of U.S. CORPORATIONS COMPLICIT IN CURRENT ATTACKS ON GAZA indicates that the three companies that the UTGSU BDS Committee is targeting are complicit in current attacks.

June 10, 2014: Check out this great article from Science for Peace on Why the UofT Should Divest from Violations of International Law.

April, 2014: Check out spoken word artist Remi Kanazi’s new video titled “This Divestment Bill Hurts my Feelings” and share with your friends! The UTGSU BDS Ad Hoc Committee invites you to get involved in our movement. Please email divest@utgsu.ca if you’d like to know more or get involved.