ASUCD Divestment bill passes through senate
– At tonight’s (Jan. 29) ASUCD (Associated Students University of California,
Davis) senate meeting, Senate Resolution (SR) #9 passed with an 8-2-2 vote. The
text of SR #9 calls for the University of California (UC) Board of Regents to
divest from “corporations that aid in the Israeli occupation of Palestine and
illegal settlements in Palestinian territories, violating both international
humanitarian law and international human rights.” ASUCD voted down a similar
resolution this past May.
the passing vote, ASUCD formally recommends the UC Regents to divest from
American companies Caterpillar Inc., G4S PLC, Veolia Environment and Raytheon.
550 UC Davis students, staff and faculty members attended the senate meeting,
which was called to order at 8:57 p.m. in the Sciences Lecture Hall 123.
approximately 9:10 p.m., after introduction speeches from both supporting and
opposing sides of the bill, Aggies for Israel President Julia Reifkind called
upon the anti-divestment crowd to participate in a walk-out of the meeting,
causing most of those opposed to the bill, about a third of the attendees, to
Nicholas Sanchez, Anabiah Syed, Casey Nguyen, Reem Fatayerji, Azka Fayyaz,
Roman Rivilis, Robyn Huey and Andrea Velazquez voted in favor of the
resolution. Senators Artem Senchev and Eugenia Chung voted against it, and
senator Alex Lee abstained. Senator Amelia Helland was not present. The meeting
was adjourned at 10:07 p.m.
Davis joins UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC San Diego, UC Santa Cruz, UC Irvine