The UW is officially divesting from coal, following the examples of schools like Stanford University and the University of Maine.
The commotion surrounding Thursday’s divestment vote began with a rally in Red Square. At first, it appeared that Divest UW, the group advocating for and working with the UW to divest, was going to have some competition getting their voices heard: “Environmentalists are Earth worshippers,” a religious protester screamed at the Divest UW rally.
Starting at about 25 people, the number of activists quickly grew. When it came time for the official vote at the Board of Regents meeting, the group’s size had doubled.
“Hey UW, you can’t hide, we can see your greedy side,” members chanted along with Reclaim UW, a group of students and workers fighting budget cuts and inequality.