Faculty Letter UMDivest Movement University-of-Michigan

Apr 30th, 2015
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We, the undersigned U-M faculty members (professors, lecturers, graduate student instructors), wish to express our support for the student organization SAFE and its 30+ allies under the umbrella of #UMDivest in their call for U-M asset managers to review investments by U-M in multi-national corporations that violate the human rights of Palestinians.

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ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION 3-050A RESOLUTION FOR THE uNIVERSITY OF mICHIGAN TO dIVEST FROM SOCIALLY IRRESPONSIBLE COMPANIES THAT VIOLATE PALESTINIAN HUMAN RIGHTSWHEREAS,the role of the President's Advisory Committee on Labor Standards and Human Rights is to "Monitor code enforcement and promote University leadership in corporate citizenship with respect to fair labor practices, human rights, and sustainability in its licensing operations"1;AND,WHEREAS,as an example of this commitment, the Procurement Services of the Business and Finance Office at the University of Michigan is committed to "Socially responsible procurement [which] is defined as conducting the University of Michigan's business in a manner that meets or exceeds the ethical, legal, commercial and public expectations that society has of business operation" 2; AND,WHEREAS, The University of Michigan continues to be hub for student activism surrounding social justice, including issues of militarism, women's rights, environmental justice, and underrepresented minorities; AND,WHEREAS, the University of Michigan's Board of Regents' divestment from South African Apartheid in 1978 and from tobacco-related companies in 2000 sets a precedent for ethical divestment from socially irresponsible companies; 3AND,WHEREAS, human rights are universal and apply to all people regardless of race, nationality, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or other status4; AND,WHEREAS, Israel continues to occupy the West

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