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December 30, 2015

Prison and Climate Divestment Activists Unite on Campuses

Student activists who have mounted parallel campaigns seeking to redirect their colleges' investments are increasingly forming alliances to ratchet up pressure on behalf of their causes, reports the Associated Press.

At Tufts University, Wesleyan University, and the University of Pennsylvania, groups that had separately called for endowment funds to be pulled from from fossil-fuel companies, private prison operators, and firms with ties to Israel's Occupied Territories have formed coalitions and merged demands. Divestment activists have also joined forces on some campuses with groups working on racism, sexual assault, and labor issues.

"There's a consciousness with the younger generations that these are not single issues," said Zakaria Kronemer, a national organizer with the New York-based Responsible Endowments Coalition, which works with student campaigners. "It doesn't make sense for us to be working in silos anymore."