In the 1980’s, activists seeking the end of apartheid rule in South Africa found themselves frustrated by the U.S. and other governments’ support for the racist regime. In response, thousands turned up the pressure on non-governmental targets, eventually convincing corporations, Universities, investors and others to pull any investments that benefited the South African regime. Most historians credit the international divestment campaign with creating an environment that fostered the end of the apartheid government. Now, members of 350.org and others are trying the same divestment tactics against a new target: the fossil fuel industry. So far, over 600 institutions have at least partially divested, including Georgetown, Yale and the University of California. Karen Pope and J David Stanfield with 350 Madison joins us now in the studio to tell us more about the divestment effort, and the University of Wisconsin campaign in particular.
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