With the month of April not yet over, once again Cornel West has proven that he is one of the contending voices in America.
After a stunning 20-minute speech filmed in a Manhattan church at the beginning of this month, which played prelude to another public address and subsequent march against police violence and the prison industrial complex (organized by the Stop Mass Incarceration Network), he has now lent his voice to a weeklong protest called Heat Week that has been occurring at Harvard University. So, after temporarily shutting down the Brooklyn Bridge, he went north where students launched the Divest Harvard campaign, as a call for the Ivy League University to unalign itself with fossil fuel interests. It turns out a few million dollars are tangled up in Harvard from coal, oil, and gas companies.
On the students’ website they’ve posted calls to:
- immediately freeze any new investments in fossil fuel companies
- immediately divest direct holdings (currently $19.6 million) from the top 200 publicly traded fossil fuel companies
- divest indirect holdings in the top 200 fossil fuel companies within 5 years, and reinvest in socially responsible funds.