ARE YOU IN THIS FOR THE LONG HAUL? TAKE THE ORGANIZING PLEDGE.

WHO WE ARE:

We are building a movement to dismantle the power of the fossil fuel industry, halt climate crisis, and fuel a just transition to a more equitable and sustainable economy that extends beyond the boundaries of the college campus. The crises we face demand that we win campaigns for divestment on campus, and continue to build power long term. While our targets expect our movement to lose momentum as student organizers graduate, through the Long Haul Initiative (LHI), we’re proving them wrong.

The Long Haul Initiative is a program of the Divestment Student Network dedicated to cultivating collective commitment to long haul organizing throughout our network, and enabling the ongoing engagement of our leaders after they leave school.  We recognize that organizing after college is not a conventional, or easy decision to make. We are developing a variety of projects to break down the barriers restricting folks from organizing post-college, supporting leaders to develop the skills to continue movement work, leveraging alumni power to strengthen student campaigns, and building bridges to off-campus climate justice work.

Rather than diminishing in power as student organizers graduate, our movement is growing exponentially stronger as student leaders become movement organizers for the long-haul.

Want to join the LHI? Fill out the form below or contact us at longhaulinitiative@gmail.com.  

Check out our Principles for more insight into what we believe and how we organize.

 

CURRENT PROJECTS: 

1) SOLIDARITY HOUSING

Resourcing our work is one of the greatest challenges of organizing.  Solidarity Housing is connecting DSN organizers with movement supporters who can offer free or low-cost housing to break down some of the financial barriers our organizers experience post-college.  We are developing networks of potential hosts across the country and brainstorming possibilities for other forms of low-cost movement housing. Contact Lina Blount at lblount1@gmail.com to join the Solidarity Housing team.

2) CAMPUS CAMPAIGN SUPPORT 

As the movement for fossil fuel divestment grows across the country, more and more campaigns need support developing organizing skills and building effective strategy.  The Long Haul Initiative is working with leaders in the DSN Regional Networks, 350.org and Responsible Endowments Coalition staff to support alumni to become coaches for campus campaigns and connect them to campaigns in need of support. If you are an alum who’s interested in doing campaign coaching, contact Michaela at ms2932@nau.edu.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED:

We invite all post-college folks and current students who have been involved in student divestment organizing to join the LHI. Fill out the form below to stay in the loop through our email list! Please contact us with any questions at longhaulinitiative@gmail.com.

 

ESCALATION PLEDGE

We’ve petitioned. We’ve met with our leaders. We’ve demonstrated our power through rallies and marches. This spring, we are taking the next step to ask our administrators, “Whose Side Are You On?”
Will they side with the fossil fuel industry that drives climate change and injustice, or with the students who envision a better world, and have the courage to build it? There is no middle ground.
Hundreds of students nationwide have pledged this spring to take nonviolent direct action–risking arrest if need be–to thrust their campaigns to victory. Some will occupy administrative buildings, some will stage blockades and sit-ins, some will drop banners, but all will disrupt the unconscionable status quo of inaction. Every administrator and observer will have a choice. Whose side are they on? The world, and history, will be watching.
SIGN THE PLEDGE to join with students around the country in escalated action this spring, and take a look at this Divestment Escalation Toolkit for action and messaging inspiration.

TRAINING AND RESOURCES

TRAINING  

Request a Training HERE. 

Are you planning a training or convergence? Do you have questions about trainings? Contact Jess, our Director of Training at jgradybenson@gmail.com. 

 

RESOURCES 

Divestment 101

Divestment 101, by Swarthmore Mountain Justice

A campus guide to Fossil Fuel Divestment, 350.org

Campaign Strategy and Planning

Beautiful Trouble, A Toolbox for Revolution, 100+ authors write short articles on running campaigns

Organizing Cools the Planet, by Joshua Kahn Russell & Hilary Moore

An Action How-To Guide, The Ruckus Society

Group Facilitation

Organizational Culture: The How-to’s of Starting a Group off on the “Right Page,” by Sally Bunner

Training and Facilitation Tools, by Training for Change

Training Exercises for Campaign Groups, by School of Unity and Liberation (SOUL)

Climate Leadership Workshops Toolkit, by 350.org

Organizer’s Toolkit, by New Organizing Institute

Building the Wheel, by Build the Wheel

Frontline Solidarity

The Solidarity Organizing Toolkit, by the Frontline Solidarity working group of the Divestment Student Network

Anti-Oppression & Collective Liberation

Towards Collective Liberation, By Chris Crass

Catalyst Project

Anti-Oppression and Allyship: A Resource Guide for Self-Education

Financial Studies Supporting and/or Related to Divestment
[An even larger set of resources can also be found at http://gofossilfree.org/resources/]

The Financial Case for Divestment of Fossil Fuel Companies by Endowment Fiduciaries, by Bevis Longstreth (Former SEC Commissioner)

Stranded assets and the fossil fuel divestment campaign: what does divestment mean for the valuation of fossil fuel assets?, University of Oxford

Unburnable Carbon 2013: Wasted Capital and Stranded Assets, by Carbon Tracker Initiative

Do the Investment Math: Building a Carbon-Free Portfolio, by Aperio Group

Reinvestment

Reinvestment 101 by Responsible Endowments Coalition

Social Media

The Most Amazing Online Organizing Guide Ever, by Green Memes

Traditional Media

How to get traditional media to cover your event by Better Future Project

Fundraising

Grassroots Fundraising Resources, Divestment Student Network

Collections of Resources compiled by Organizers

Resources for Organizer’s and Activists, by Joshua Kahn Russell

Organizing for Power Resources Page