This statement is a confirmation and an announcement that Bruin Feminists of 2014-2015 is co-sponsoring a resolution titled A Resolution to Divest from Companies that Engage in Violence Against Palestinians.
We are co-sponsoring this resolution because the cause for Palestine is a feminist cause. We acknowledge that our investment in corporate abuse affects intersectional communities and identities in the realms of race, class and gender. We stand with feminist scholars including bell hooks, Alice Walker, Eve Ensler and Angela Davis, who have called for international solidarity by feminist organizations to demand an end to injustices against Palestinian communities including “systematically having land confiscated, being deprived of their livelihoods, collective punishment, gender and racial violence, and ongoing expulsion and displacement from the Nakba until today.” 1
We are co-sponsoring this resolution in response to Palestinian civil society’s call for Boycott, Divest and Sanctions and Palestinian Queers for BDS’ 2010 request for solidarity. Our response is instilled in the belief that endorsing a human rights-focused divestment campaign removes our complicity in violence against Palestinian communities. We acknowledge that our investment in companies harms the health and livelihood of womxn, who have been forced to give birth at HP sponsored checkpoints, and queer Palestinians, whose narratives are erased and suppressed by corporate violence. We acknowledge that our investment in select American companies allows for the demolition of homes, destruction of resources such as olive trees, and normalization of the occupation.
Lastly, we are co-sponsoring this resolution in solidarity with campus communities that have decided to commit to a campaign tactic effective in the late 1980s when the UCs divested from companies engaged in unethical practices in apartheid South Africa. We are in solidarity with other campus organizations because it coincides with our mission statement to be a feminist collective that endeavors to be globally conscious and socially active against all systems of oppression that have bound the freedom and expression of gender, sexuality, race and class.
Bruin Feminists for Equality co-sponsors the 2014 fall divestment resolution because UCLA should not invest in any sort of systematic racism, homophobia, ableism, sexism, xenophobia, classism or violence with the money it asks from its students.