Divestment panel discussion this friday!

In the course of Swarthmore Mountain Justice’s fossil fuel divestment campaign, we’ve gotten a lot of questions about the technical aspects of divestment. Things like…

  • What is divestment?
  • How will it work at Swarthmore?
  • How does divestment bring about political and economic change?
  • Will divestment put the college at risk economically?
  • What are the similarities and differences between this and past divestment movements?

Come to a panel discussion THIS FRIDAY at 4:30pm to learn the answers to all these questions and more. The panelists are:

Ellen Dorsey — Executive Director, Wallace Global Fund. Dorsey has worked at the nexus of advocacy and academic research to advance the work of NGOs toward human rights and environmental justice. During her time as a student at the University of Pittsburgh, she campaigned for divestment from South African apartheid, and later studied in South Africa as a Fulbright Scholar. A PhD in Political Science, Dorsey has taught at Carnegie Mellon, Chatham, American, and Georgia State. Her most recent publication is New Rights Advocacy: Changing Strategies of Development and Human Rights NGOs, with Paul Nelson, Georgetown University Press, 2008. Prior to her time at Wallace Global, she worked for Amnesty International, developing campaign actions on the global link between human rights and environmental issues.

Dan Apfel — Executive Director, Responsible Endowments Coalition. Apfel has been an advocate for social and environmental issues for nearly ten years, and was an advocate for responsible investment while in college. In his work with REC, Dan interfaces with students at hundreds of colleges and universities, as well as college investment officers and other investment professionals. Prior to joining the REC Dan served as a Program Officer at the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions, where he worked with credit unions serving diverse low- and moderate-income communities around the country.

Hannah Jones ’12 — Swarthmore Mountain Justice. Hannah is a Mountain Justice member and a soon-to-graduate senior. She is excited to help Swarthmore move toward true social and environmental responsibility.

The event will be discussion-based, so come with any and all questions about divestment and/or Mountain Justice’s strategy!

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