Hey Everyone! We’re excited to announce that registration for the 2014 Fossil Fuel Divestment Convergence has been extended until March 16th! This convergence is an in-person meeting of the fossil fuel divestment campaigns from around the world where we will learn from from climate justice leaders, build our own organizing skills, and strategize together as a movement. Please register your school as soon as possible, we can only accept 300 students so it’s going to be first come first serve.
There are travel scholarships available for students in need. In order to be eligible for a travel scholarship, you must register by 11:59pmPST March 8th and apply for the Scholarship by 11:59pmPST March9th. If you need ideas/help brainstorming how to raise funds check out this awesome Fundraising Toolkit!
As a reminder, please register together as one school and not separately, this makes work on our end much easier. We are also increasing our student cap for each school to 5 students per school. If you would like to bring more than 3 students you may fill out the form twice to accommodate. The planning team members would love to see divesters from all of your schools attend, so please check out the information below, forward it to a friend, and get a group registered to attend the convergence.
We are also excited to announce a few of our confirmed speakers and panelists.
- Tim DeChristopher
- Henia Belalia — Peaceful Uprising and Deep Roots United Front
- Melvin Willis – Richmond CA Youth Community Organizer
- Fredy Lozano — Colombian coal miners’ union
- Deirdre Lally — Shalefield Organizing Committee
We hope to see you all there!
- The Fossil Fuel Divestment Convergence Planning Team
The Keystone XL pipeline is set to bring toxic tar sands from Alberta, Canada to the Gulf Coast, where it will be refined for export. As young people we’ve had enough: approval of the pipeline would ensure that our generation takes on the risk of oil spills, increased toxic pollution from refineries, health disasters, and a exacerbated climate change.
We are young, awaiting a future fraught with uncertainty. This will not deter us from participating in an act of civil disobedience. Indeed it has compelled us to organize one.
We ask you to join us in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, March 2nd for this action
SIGN UP HERE: http://xldissent.org/sign-up/
A fossil fuel divestment meet-up with campus divestment activists from across the country will take place prior to the action training from 1-4 PM on March 1st at the Thurgood Marshall Center.
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By Lydia Miller-Jewett
This January I returned to my school, Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, from a semester abroad program. There are innumerable differences that one suddenly notices upon returning to a familiar campus after a while away. They are of varying degrees, from brand new buildings, to subtly changed decoration. But few changes can be as exciting as hurrying across campus for a class and suddenly seeing orange squares go by, pinned on back packs and coats!
The orange square has become more and more visible on our campus and I have been lucky enough to watch this happen. What has made this even more exciting is that I remember at the Power Up Convergence 2013 when the orange square was presented to us with the hope that it would become a symbol of the movement — a movement that is connected, not separate from others. It is always important to remember that having a solid symbol doesn’t mean everything else is also just as solid, but it is quite an amazing step. And this step toward solidarity is just one of many.
To have a Fossil Fuel Divestment Convergence happening again, sure to be only better than before, is another of these steps. A lot of good happened during our time on Swarthmore’s beautiful campus. We started the weekend out in what was probably the best foreshadowing for what we have been focusing on so much more during this past year – we stood in solidarity with Swarthmore’s team as they confronted a trying board meeting, something we all can certainly relate to. And this is what I mean. We started it out by supporting others, recognizing that we are all in this together, and that we understand each other. But throughout the weekend we also had the unique and necessary opportunity to learn what differences we were all facing… different tactics, thoughts, starting places, and emotions…
We began some incredibly important conversations that are imperative for the success of this movement. We set the space to start looking critically at ourselves: the inclusiveness (or lack there of) in the movement, the privilege… the marginalization. We must continue to constantly check our selves… ask if we are working with or detrimentally speaking for our brothers and sisters. These are the things that we must continue to tackle as this movement solidifies. Because it is solidifying. It is making progress. WE are making progress. And with the Fossil Fuel Divestment Convergence 2014 as proof, the space for coming together and continuing to make this progress will just keep growing with us.