In the mid-1980s, “divestment was not a tactic without controversy,” writes Yasmin Gagne in this week’s lead story. Today, not much has changed. Despite numerous protests, meetings, and teach-ins, student groups like Columbia Prison Divest and Barnard Columbia Divest for Climate Justice still find themselves at odds with Columbia’s Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing.
However, there is precedent for successful divestment campaigns at Columbia. This week’s lead story not only explores these campaigns, but contextualizes Columbia’s current divestment movements within this complex, often messy, history.
In short, the word “divestment” is no longer just about money; for many Columbians, it’s about ethics—honesty and responsibility. And our responsibility at The Eye, first and foremost, is to join in the discussion. We hope you’ll have something to say, too.