Oakland Moves toward Total Divestment

Oakland divestment activists

This morning the Oakland City Council Finance and Management Committee unanimously approved a resolution to divest from all fossil fuels. The resolution now goes on the consent agenda of the full City Council at their next meeting June 17.

Councilmember Dan Kalb (center, in the photo) introduced the resolution, titled "To Prohibit And Discourage Investments In Fossil Fuel Companies." Six 350 Bay Area members spoke to the committee—Deborah Silvey, Ophir Bruck, Janet Cox, Stephanie Tidwell, Ruby MacDonald, and Linda Rudolph—along with Brian Beveridge of the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project, and several other members also attended.

Join us at the City Council meeting Tuesday, June 17, to support final passage of the resolution, when Oakland will join San Francisco, Berkeley, and Richmond as a fossil-free city. The consent agenda will begin at 5:30 pm in Council Chambers on the 3rd floor of City Hall (near 12th Street BART). 

UPDATE, June 17, 2014—The Oakland City Council unanimously approved the divestment resolution, along with a resolution against the expanding problem of crude oil by rail in the Bay Area.

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UC Alums Publish Divestment Newsletter

Fossil Free UC Alums

University of California alumni from 350 Bay Area and throughout the state are working closely with UC students to petition the Regents for complete divestment from fossil fuels. They have just published the first edition of their newsletter (click here), which includes an interview with Rebecca Solnit on the importance of activist engagement. Co-editors are Kathy Aschheim and John Taylor, and contributors to this issue are Chris Lenz, Elliot Goldstein, Jeff Huggins, and Kathy Barnhart.

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