We, the Executive Board of the Columbia University Democrats, stand in solidarity with our peers (including former Lead Activist Mike Glendinning) who are occupying Low Library. Columbia Divest for Climate Justice is on the right side of history. The crisis of climate change that our world faces demands meaningful action from Columbia University in the City of New York - an intellectual center that has long acknowledged the dangers posed by climate change, but has not fully acted upon that knowledge. Our investments should reflect our research and our values.
Moreover, as students at a university with a proud tradition of free speech, civil disobedience, and political action, we are troubled by recent threats made against the protesters. If the administration chooses to suspend, expel, or take legal action against them, they will have our continued support. As we return to New York from our advocacy trip in Washington, D.C., we hope we are coming back to a campus that has decided to make the world better than it was yesterday. Our planet depends on it.
The Board of the Columbia University College Democrats
The above statement was voted on, and supported by, a majority of the current Executive Board in accordance with the procedures set forth in our Constitution.
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