NEW YORK - Fifty New Yorkers gathered in the cold in front of TIAA-CREF national headquarters to show support for a shareholder resolution asking trustees to end investments in companies that contribute to or enable serious human rights violations, including companies whose products support Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands. (Photos from the rally available here.)
CREF shareholders, including a professor of peace and conflict studies, addressed the crowd, emphasizing that it is crucial that the retirement company let shareholders have a conversation about the human rights abuses their investments are supporting. Also present was Omar Barghouti, one of the founders and leaders of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions National Committee. Barghouti's evening talk with Judith Butler at Brooklyn College this evening has been the object of much recent controversy among local city officials and in the national media.
Where: TIAA-CREF headquarters, 730 Third Ave (at 45th St.), NYC
When: Thursday February 7, 2013, 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
What: Demand that TIAA-CREF addresses the concerns of shareholders who have submitted a resolution calling on CREF to divest from Veolia and other companies profiting from the occupation of Palestine. Allow the resolution to go forward and be on the ballot.
Why: This year’s resolution calling for divestment is the next step in the We Divest campaign. Over 100 CREF shareholders have filed a resolution calling on the pension giant to divest from companies profiting from the illegal Israeli occupation and to end their complicity in the violation of Palestinian human rights.
Join Omar Barghouti, of the BDS National Committee, and other activists, academics, and cultural workers to show your support for this campaign at TIAA-CREF’s national headquarters on the eve of the deadline for filing resolutions.
If you are a CREF shareholder and would like to join in filing the resolution, click here.
Signs and hot cocoa will be provided. Dress warmly!