Just to let you know that the spontaneous meeting some students activists had at the CAAT National Gathering back in November has now actually led to a National Day of Action on 27 February around lunchtime. Join us and campaign for ethical investment at your university.
Campaign Against Arms Trade and People and Planet will be helping coordinate a national day of action in protest against university shareholding in arms companies. The event was initiated by activists at University College London and Manchester University.
Continue reading “National Day of Action for University Ethical Investment, Wed 27th February”
At the end of last term the Disarm UCL campaign put on a fake graduation ceremony to protest against UCL’s investment in arms shares. One student dressed as a military general handed out fake diplomas and toy guns to other students graduating in camouflage uniforms.
The action definitely turned a few heads including the one of the UCL Provost who happend to pass by. It was a fun action to put on and we got quite a bit of news coverage including the Times Higher, the Independent, the Evening Standard, the Guardian Comment is free website and the New Statesman website.
Continue reading “UCL students graduate from the university of war”
A quick update on “Disarm UCL” the campaign to get University College London (UCL) to ditch its arms shares.
The campaign is going very, very strongly at the moment. Last week was official “Disarm UCL campaign week” with full support of the Student Union.
We launched our new petition and got lots of signatures.
SIGN OUR ONLINE PETITION HERE
Continue reading “Disarm UCL campaign steps up the pressure”
The reason why I have not been blogging for ages is simple:
I haven’t been around. Here are a few lines on the difficulties of being an anti-arms trade campaigner in exile:
Three months ago I left London for a research trip to Ukraine and that’s when things really started to get going:
Two days before my departure University College London, my university we had so desperately tried to persuade to ditch its shares in arms companies, quite unexpectedly announced that it wants to develop an ethical investment policy.
What an incredible campaigning victory!
Continue reading “Diary of an anti-arms trade campaigner in exile”
Just to let you know that I am now blogging against the arms trade on the New Statesman website :)))
They have just put my comment piece “Global university without a global conscience” up on their Campus Radicals blog.
It has attracted quite a few comments already and was nicely timed to go live just before the UCL Council tomorrow looks at the issue of an ethical investment policy. Hopefully the UCL Council will listen to the voices of over 1200 UCL students, staff and alumni and ditch the arms shares.
UCL Provost Malcolm Grant was yesterday presented with a petition signed by over 1,000 UCL staff and students calling on him to sell UCL’s shares in an arms
company. The provost also received a hand-signed copy of a book by UCL alumnus Richard Wilson, in which he describes how his sister died as a result of the arms trade.
Richard Wilson is just one of the UCL graduates who has given his backing to
Disarm UCL, which calls for the College to divest from arms trader Cobham plc
and to adopt an ethical investment policy. Continue reading “1,000 UCL students tell provost to ditch arms shares”
It’s been a while since I last updated you guys on how things are going at the Disarm UCL campaign.
As you might know University College London (UCL) is currently the biggest university investor in the arms trade in the UK. Most UCL students, staff and alumni think this is a disgrace. I am one of them.
We had a meeting last night and it was good to see everyone so full of ideas and enthusiasm for the campaign so close to the end of the academic year.
Despite the fact that most of us are coping with very stressful exams and essay deadlines the campaign is still going strong. We have a new alumni coordinator who got 30 UCL alumni to write to the UCL Provost to tell him to ditch the arms shares via pledgebank. Well done, Dan! And thanks to everyone who wrote letters.
Continue reading “Disarm UCL campaign going strong”
I am from Cornwall and doing two weeks work experience with CAAT as part of my degree course in journalism. Its only my second day at CAAT but so far its been very exciting being in London. Yesterday we held a protest outside the AGM meeting of Reed Elsevier who run arms fairs as a subsidiary business.
Some of the CAAT team went into the meeting as shareholders and asked questions to the board asking them to justify their involvement with the arms trade, especially in the face of their links to healthcare and the loss of their rating as an ethical company to invest in. They also asked questions about the invitation to arms fairs given to human rights abusers and suspects of genocide.
Continue reading “Reed Elsevier AGM protest”
I’ve been so busy lately that I forgot to tell you about this really cool campaigning success we had at Disarm UCL last week:
Quick reminder: we are campaigning to get UCL to sell its disgraceful 1.5 million pounds worth of arms shares. We tried to get UCL Union support on this. And now we’ve got it 🙂
We presented our motion for ethical investment at the UCL Union Council meeting and they voted overwhelmingly in favour of our motion ! The motion states that the Union will fully support our campaign to get UCL to divest its’ shares in arms companies Cobham plc and Smiths Group. Read the details here.
This is fantastic news for us. Continue reading “UCL UNION votes to support the Disarm UCL campaign !”
The ethical investment policy of my university (University College London – UCL) bans investments in tobacco companies. However it does not ban investing over 1,5 million pounds worth of shares in arms companies.
How did this happen?
Here’s one version of events:
Confidential insights into UCLs investment decisions
If you think UCL should stop investing in arms companies please sign here!
Many thanks to Scary Boots for the cartoon!