Alumni Divestment Network

Who We Are:

The fossil fuel industry is hoping our movement will lose power as our student organizers graduate. With the Alumni Divestment Network, we’re proving them wrong. The ADN is committed to uniting and supporting movement alums (graduates and college seniors in the divestment movement) to continue organizing post-graduation.  Rather than diminishing in power as student organizers graduate, our movement will grow exponentially stronger as student leaders become movement organizers for the long-haul.

What We Do:

1) Building Political Community:

  • Providing support and resources for alums organizing post-college
  • Furthering political education through a reading group
  • Mentoring college seniors in their transition into post-college organizing
  • Building deep relationships among divestment movement alums to continue expanding the power and breadth of the divestment network

2) Leveraging Alumni Power for Student Divestment:

  • Assess the needs of student campaigns and determining strategic ways to leverage young alumni organizing capacity to support the student movement
  • Goal of building self-sufficient alumni organizing team to leverage power for the student movement

3) Organizing Beyond Divestment:

  • Over the next two years, the ADN is bridging the gap between campus divestment campaigns and off-campus climate justice organizing.  We envision establishing local hubs of action across the country, led by alums, students, and local frontline community organizations to fight the fossil fuel industry and build a just transition to an economy for people and the planet.

How To Get Involved:

We invite all movement alumni and college seniors who have been involved in student divestment to join the alumni divestment network.  Contact alumnidivestnetwork@gmail.com to get involved.  Current possibilities for engagement include the political education reading group and the student divestment support team. Look out for upcoming opportunities and feel free to contact us with any questions!

Check out our Organizing Pledge Project 

Through the Organizing Pledge Project, we are sharing stories about what brings us to this work, and why we are committed to organizing for the long-term. We encourage you to check out and participate in our project as we work toward a just and sustainable world.

DSN People of Color Caucus

The POC Caucus is open to students, alumni, and staff in the fossil fuel divestment movement who identity as people of color. We believe in the power of centering our identities and knowing our histories. We create spaces for people of color in our movement to network, share skills, and build alignment. The POC Caucus is:

  • A political home for divestment organizers of color. A space for relationship building, peer-mentorship, skill-sharing, and political education. We center the intersections of race and ecology in our relationships and commitment to climate justice.
  • A voice of the Divestment Student Network and broader divestment movement. 
  • A bridge between fossil fuel divestment networks, other student/youth movements, and grassroots climate justice groups.

This semester we’re doing a collective study on #BlackLivesMatter & Ecology. As diverse folks of color – including Black, Asian American, Desi, Latina, first and second generation immigrants, mixed-race and mixed-heritage folks – we reflect together on a core principle of #BlackLivesMatter, ‘when Black people in this country get free, we all get free’ and the relationship between Black liberation and climate justice.

To get involved, email Sachie Hopkins-Hayakawa (sachiehh [at] gmail.com) or Zein Nakhoda (zein.nakhoda [at] gmail.com).

#BlackLivesMatter & Ecology Study

 The global liberation of Black people is fundamental to the preservation of life on this Earth in the presence of climate chaos

Quinton Sankofa in Black Liberation and Ecology

Delegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held on October 24-27, 1991, in Washington DC, drafted and adopted 17 principles of Environmental Justice.  Since then, The Principles have served as a defining document for the growing grassroots movement for environmental justice.

STUDY #TWO

March 23, 2015

Black Liberation and Ecology” (event hosted by Wose (Wō-say) Community of OaklandIle Omode (E-lay O-mo-day) School, Sponsored by Movement GenerationThe Brotherhood of Elders)

Principles of Environmental JusticeDelegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held on October 24-27, 1991, in Washington DC, drafted and adopted 17 principles of Environmental Justice. Since then, The Principles have served as a defining document for the growing grassroots movement for environmental justice.

Why #BlackLivesMatter Should Transform the Climate Debate (Naomi Klein)

Robert Bullard – The Genesis of Environmental Justice” (very brief introduction to EJ movement history); archival Material from Warren County PCB protests: Newsreel Footage + Photos

Sonny Lawrence Alea ‘14

Reflecting on Reclaiming Abuelita Knowledge: “Pursuing environmental studies and trying to be “green” has, instead of bringing me closer to the earth and to my roots, taken me in a direction of separating me from my Filipino culture…When I came back from the retreat this weekend, the first thing I did was ask my mom to make me a Filipino breakfast. It was something I craved after being surrounded by people who affirmed that I have a place in the DSN.” – Sonny, Fossil Free SFSU Alumnus

Sachie Hopkins-Hayakawa ‘13

“The divestment movement for me has been a series of moments where I could step out and say, I don’t see myself reflected in this movement, so it isn’t the movement for me, or I could step in, and work to make it the movement I want it to be and we need it to be. And part of working in the Caucus for me has been stepping in, and building relationships that give us the courage to do what is hard.” – Sachie, Swarthmore Mountain Justice Alumnus, Maypop Collective

Maya Jenkins ‘18

“I thought about the tendency towards unity without struggle. Because we’ve been torn apart for so long, that we crave this unity. But I remember being pulled into green spaces and everyone rallied around the notion that climate change is the one thing that is going to affect everyone. But just because it’s global, that doesn’t mean we’re all the same. It affects everyone disproportionately, and so we there will be deep struggle as we try to unite around climate issues.” – Maya, Fossil Free Yale

STUDY #ONE

Black Liberation and Ecology Movement Generation Justice & Ecology Project

37 Swarthmore Students and 6 Alumni Begin Sit-in in Finance and Investments Office for Divestment

Early this morning, Swarthmore Mountain Justice launched an extended sit-in for fossil fuel divestment on the campus that birthed the now global divestment campaign, kicking off a historic spring ofescalating nonviolent action throughout the student divestment movement. The 37 students and 6 alumni are asking the Swarthmore Board Investment Committee Chair Chris Niemczewski and Board Chair Gil Kemp to return to the negotiating table and agree to end the College’s investments in a rogue industry that violates Swarthmore’s Quaker values and recklessly imperils a just and sustainable future for our generation.

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