I wrote about Swarthmore College’s student movement, which is called Mountain Justice, earlier this year. Mountain Justice was the very first divestment movement (away from fossil fuel investments) in the United States. This dedicated, passionate group of kids has been requesting that their school divest from fossil fuel investments since 2010.
The man responsible for obstinately continuing to deny divestment is Gil Kemp, who even made my Wall of Shame.
Despite the Swarthmore Mountain Justice kids holding a 32 day peaceful “sit in” last April to protest their school administration’s continued resistance to divesting, AND despite the fact that the Swarthmore faculty voted to support the protestors demand for divestment, the University’s Board of Managers, led by Gil Kemp, has bizarrely chosen to continue fossil fuel investment.
I don’t know about anyone else, but my daughter is starting the application process for college admission. She’s getting lots of solicitations from the best schools in the country, including Swarthmore. She has decided, based on the absolutely ridiculous actions of the Swarthmore Board of Managers, that she will not apply to Swarthmore. In fact, she’s spreading the word amongst her friends who are also considering where to apply. Swarthmore just doesn’t reflect the values of conscientious, forward-thinking young people.
Now there’s a movement I can get behind…