Transition is inevitable, justice is not.
- Quinton Sankofa
We have seen how divestment is a successful tactic to move resources and power away from extractive industries. However, divestment itself does not guarantee justice to communities who continue to fight at the front lines of the climate crisis.
Through reinvestment, students and colleges have the opportunity to support and learn directly from the growing number of thriving, local economies built by and for communities who have been marginalized and disenfranchised by current oppressive systems of power. Divest Ed is thrilled to support the development of place-based reinvestment tactics that are informed and led by local grassroots leadership.
It is time to escalate by building relationships with stakeholders who have long resisted the unfettered growth of institutional wealth. We are hitting the pressure points that our corporatized institutions work to actively cover. We are starting from the ground up and centering most impacted within our communities.
Reinvestment Research Cohort (Dates TBD)
We will be forming a national Reinvestment Research Cohort to publish a series of local reinvestment reports. Modeling The Reinvest Report (2018) published by movement organizers in the Northeast, each regional report will highlight the funds, organizations, and nonprofits that are building community-controlled economies. The reports are intended to be presented to university administrations as viable investment options. While the reports will be tangible tools for both community partners and campus organizers, it also encourages campus organizers to prioritize building campus-community relationships.
By the start of 2020, we aim to have at least three regional reinvestment reports published and launched publicly in the local area. The cohort will become deeply familiar with the Just Transition framework, and will be encouraged to host local events to launch the reports alongside community partners and inform their campus of its role.
The cohort is not limited to students working on fossil fuel divestment campaigns and will be convened initially through national calls. Divest Ed plans to support the cohort through outreach, logistics, and revision, but the work will largely be driven by the regional report writers themselves.
See more Reinvestment Resources at our Campaign Resources page!
Interested in reinvestment or learning more about the national Reinvestment Research Cohort? Email Rachel at rachel[at]betterfutureproject.org.