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How persistent student organizing forced one of the largest public universities to divest from fossil fuels | Waging Nonviolence

Last month, the University of Michigan became the latest to accept the obvious — that investing in the destruction of society is fundamentally counter to the mission of higher education. With its endowment of $14.2 billion, Michigan now becomes one of the largest public universities to commit to divesting from fossil fuels.

I couldn’t have imagined writing that sentence only two years ago, when I watched as 10 of my peers were escorted out of the university’s central administration building in handcuffs after an exhausting eight-hour sit-in. But as many other student divestment campaigns have learned, organizing — with some strategic direct action — eventually pays off.

Read the whole story here: How persistent student organizing forced one of the largest public universities to divest from fossil fuels | Waging Nonviolence

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