This is Swarthmore’s alumni weekend! Mountain Justice is spending the weekend educating alumni about Swarthmore’s unjust investments, our efforts to expose them, and why divestment is an effective step toward environmental justice.
If you are an alumnus visiting this site in response to our flyering, THANK YOU! Please look around the site. To start with, this page explains what divestment is, and why it works. Here’s an op-ed by one of our members that talks about mountaintop removal and the Appalachian communities that originally inspired us to begin this campaign. And here’s a fun video that we made to counteract coal industry propaganda. There’s a lot of other good stuff, too. You might be interested in Swarthmore President Rebecca Chopp’s response to our divestment proposal, and our ensuing response to her.
We spent the last year raising awareness and support among students on campus. Unfortunately, though we have some support among administrators, the Board of Managers has not yet committed to divestment. That’s why alumni outreach is a priority for this summer and next year. Swarthmore’s administrators listen to you alums way more than us students — let’s work together to make divestment happen!
Contact the alumni outreach team at SwarthmoreMJ@gmail.com to get involved or add your name to a statement of support.