Divest Ed trains and nurtures the movement of young people to transform their universities and invest in community power, collective liberation, and care.
Divest Ed disrupts the business-as-usual politics of the primarily class-privileged and white climate movement. Through political education, Divest Ed guides students to recognize the root of the climate crisis: capitalism and white supremacy. We strive to make sure the campus divestment movement is pro-Black, pro-Indigenous, class conscious, and anti-capitalist. Not only does Divest Ed aspire to "divest from the bad," but also to "reinvest in the good," as outlined in Movement Generation's Just Transition framework. Fossil fuel divestment is a tactic to move resources from the capitalist, extractive economy and reinvest in community-controlled economies. This also means divesting our personal ideologies and beliefs from white supremacist and capitalist logic and reinvesting in QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) wisdom. Reinvestment is integral to our work.
Reinvestment is the inextricable deed of Divestment which enkindles the restoration of resources to Indigenous and Black visions towards a just and equitable climate future, with Indigenous commitments and traditions stewarding the ways of the work, policy, and intersectional struggle of the movement. Culture begets policy, and Divest Ed is committed to shifting the culture of the movement in a way that decentralizes harmful ways of regarding power, people, and hoarding resources, so that we may continue to discover and nurture the solutions that make climate justice a possibility for our students, frontline communities, and beyond. We view the climate movement as a community that must center Black Liberation, Indigenous Sovereignty, collective care, and anti-capitalism. Our latest priority is in scaffolding an ongoing frontline community reinvestment project and reinvestment coalition amongst our base and comrades. Intentional collaboration with our partners/comrades/support & students to design the future of climate justice/our world by centering those historically silenced, made invisible, and door-stopped in the name of Capitalism and white supremacist world-market interests must take precedent. Divest Ed is committed to a culture of intentional Reinvestment, which is accountable to aligning our campaigns, strategies, and goals with Indigenous and Black directorship in clear partnership agreements.
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Divest Ed’s work demonstrates our credibility in the movement and we anticipate its currents and trends with ease, purposeful methodology, cooperative organizing with students, and deep listening. We have been affirmed by the care we bring to the work we do each day, and we ask that you affirm us in that work as well by sharing this ask with your family, friends, and peers who have the means to make an impactful shift in the work we do at Divest Ed. We want to become sustainable so that we can continue to learn and growth in this work with you until we can all rest and restore with our Mother, Earth. Your support is paramount to the success of our work.
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Divest Ed has been offering coaching to fossil fuel, prison, war, and apartheid divestment campaigns since 2018. Divest Ed coaching may be for you if:
Your campaign is facing an obstacle that you don't know how to approach
Your campaign wants to include reinvestment demands (or transition completely to a reinvestment campaign)
You want to start a campaign at your campus but you don't know where to start
Bring your questions and requests to us, and we'll do our best to support you. If you want to set up a coaching call with Divest Ed, fill out the form below, and we'll be in touch.