Boycott, Divestment & Sanction Committee

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

 

 

 

Chair

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

About the Committee

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Committee exists in order 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.

Legislative Program 2018-2019

Please see the BDS 2018-2019 Legislative Program here: BDS 2018-2019 Legislative Program

Year-End Report: April 2015

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

Committee News & Events

October 29, 2018: The committee co-organised a public “BDS 101” workshop for students wanting more information on the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement and its objectives.
More coming soon!