Election Victory HIJACKED By Big Money Lobbyists On USF Campus
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"Let it be resolved that our Student Body recognizes that we the students have voiced support for divestment repeatedly, and request USF Foundation to create a socially responsible investment (SRI) committee so that we may divest from fossil fuels, private prisons, and companies complicit in human rights violations."
These are the exact words of a divestment referendum voted on by the USF student body in the Spring 2017 General Election. The referendum was put forth by an ad-hoc group supporting prison and coal divestment.
Unfortunately, this election and victory was HIJACKED by Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) using LEGITIMATE issues to highlight their narrow intrinsic values. Coal and prison divestment does not equate to the Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions (BDS) movement's ideology!
WE THE STUDENTS DEMAND:
- An end to external groups with big money meddling with university internal affairs. SAY NO to Palestine Legal and CAIR. BIG MONEY LOBBYISTS HAVE NO PLACE ON OUR CAMPUS!
- Students for Justice in Palestine must stop using "Trump-like silencing tactics" and "alternative facts," forcing their ideology and beliefs on the USF student body. WE WILL NOT BE SILENCED BY SJP BULLYING!
- The USF campus fossil fuel divestment community must unite and STOP SJP from HIJACKING our efforts and victories as they try to further and strengthen their own cause. FOSSIL FUEL AND PRISON DIVESTMENT DOES NOT EQUAL BDS EFFORTS!
- We call upon SJP to APOLOGIZE for misleading the USF campus.
Our voices deserve to be heard, not silenced!
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