We call on the York University Board of Governors to divest from arms manufacturers

YU Divest
YU Divest Toronto, Ontario 21 Comments
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Whereas an examination of York University’s investment holdings revealed that York invests its endowment fund in arms manufacturers;

Whereas York University has invested in Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, BAE Systems and Textron, among other weapons companies that are involved in supplying various regimes, international-law violations, wars and armed conflicts around the world;

Whereas York students, faculty, alumni and staff come from diverse backgrounds, often leaving behind families affected by war and armed conflict;

Whereas York University "strives to be a leading post-secondary institution for sustainability";

Whereas York University’s Mission Statement proclaims its commitment to social justice;

Whereas renowned political science professor Saeed Rahnema stated in Excalibur that investment by an educational institution in a military-related company is totally unacceptable: "The university should find ways to contribute to efforts towards peace and avoid any involvement with anything that has to do with military and war."

We, the undersigned, call on the York University Board of Governors to divest from arms manufacturers.

  • Malithi Wijayathilaka
    Malithi Wijayathilaka Canada, Toronto
    Oct 20, 2016
    Oct 20, 2016
    As a prospective student of York, I find the affliation of a university that prides itself on education to promote social justice with arms manufacturing and extractive, exploitative industries a complete hypocrisy. If York does not take swift action to divest, I will be seriously reconsidering attending and shall educate my peers on doing the same.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Jun 18, 2016
    Jun 18, 2016
    People over profits! It's unbelievable that a progressive educational institution invests in the weapons industry.
  • Jafri
    Jafri Canada, Toronto
    May 30, 2016
    May 30, 2016
    I believe there are better investments out there, which have less of a harmful effect on people.
  • Madeline Thompson
    Madeline Thompson Thailand, Bangkok
    May 30, 2016
    May 30, 2016
    It is unacceptable that York University invest in any military weapons industries
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