Transition is inevitable, justice is not.
- Quinton Sankofa
We have seen how divestment is a successful tactic to move resources and power away from extractive industries. However, divestment itself does not guarantee justice to communities who continue to fight at the front lines of the climate crisis.
Through reinvestment, students and colleges have the opportunity to support and learn directly from the growing number of thriving, local economies built by and for communities who have been marginalized and disenfranchised by our current economic system. Divest Ed is thrilled to support the development of place-based reinvestment tactics that are informed and led by local grassroots leadership.
It is time to escalate by building relationships with stakeholders who have long resisted the unfettered growth of institutional wealth. We are hitting the pressure points that our corporatized institutions work to actively cover, and we are taking direction from the most impacted within our communities.
Reinvestment Research Cohort (Fall 2018 - Spring 2019)
Beginning in late Fall 2018, we are forming a national Reinvestment Research Cohort to publish a series of local reinvestment reports. Modeling The Reinvest Report (2018) published by movement organizers in the Northeast, each regional report will highlight the funds, organizations, and nonprofits that are building community-controlled economies. The reports are intended to be presented to university administrations as viable investment options. While the reports will be tangible tools for both community partners and campus organizers, it also encourages campus organizers to prioritize building campus-community relationships.
By the end of the 2018-19 academic year, we aim to have at least three regional reinvestment reports published and launched publicly in the local area. The cohort will become deeply familiar with the Just Transition framework, and will be encouraged to host local events to launch the reports alongside community partners and inform their campus of its role.
The cohort is not limited to students working on fossil fuel divestment campaigns and will be convened through a first national call this fall. Divest Ed plans to support the cohort through outreach, logistics, and revision, but the work will largely be controlled by the regional report writers themselves.
See more Reinvestment Resources at our Campaign Resources page!
Interested in joining the first national Reinvestment Research Cohort call this fall? Email Rachel at rachel[at]betterfutureproject.org.