Statement of Support for Divestment and Palestine

November 13, 2014

We, the Asian Pacific Coalition (APC) at the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA), are a coalition of twenty-four Asian American and Pacific Islander organizations. We are the official voice of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community on campus. Through our Principles of Unity, the code by which our coalition organizes by, we recognize the oppressive conditions Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have faced in the United States. Having historically been restricted access to institutions and denied rights in this country, we support and are in solidarity with Palestinian peoples whom have been restricted to move and have been denied basic human rights under Israeli occupation.

Whereas, the University of California invests in technologies that are used in the construction of military checkpoints, the Separation Wall, the demolition of Palestinian settlements, and the exploitation of Palestinian natural resources, the Asian Pacific Coalition affirms that the University of California should not invest or contract with American businesses that are invested in the violation of human rights in Palestine. In addition, University of California students should not be forced to support University of California invested American businesses that profit from the oppression of Palestinian civilians, which is currently inevitable due to the payment of student tuition fees.

Therefore, we affirm and support student and community efforts in calling upon the University of California to divest from American companies that perpetuate the occupation of Palestinian peoples and the violation of human rights including Boeing, Caterpillar, Cement Roadstone Holdings, Cemex, General Dynamics, General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, and United Technologies.

In recognizing the violation of human rights and the oppression perpetuated by companies invested by the University of California, the Asian Pacific Coalition – in solidarity with community members – calls upon the University of California to uphold and honor the Principles of Responsible Investment, stating that “businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.”

Signed,

The Asian Pacific Coalition at UCLA

Link to PDF: APC Statement of Support for Divestment