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A RESOLUTION FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN TO DIVEST FROM SOCIALLY IRRESPONSIBLE COMPANIES THAT VIOLATE HUMAN RIGHTS

A RESOLUTION FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN TO DIVEST FROM SOCIALLY IRRESPONSIBLE COMPANIES THAT VIOLATE HUMAN RIGHTS

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ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION 3-050
A RESOLUTION FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN TO DIVEST FROM SOCIALLY IRRESPONSIBLE COMPANIES THAT VIOLATE PALESTINIAN HUMAN RIGHTS WHEREAS,
the role of the
President’s Advisory Committee on Labor Standards and Human Rights is to “Monitor code enforcement and promote University
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leadership in corporate citizenship with respect to fair labor practices, human rights, and sustainability in its licensing operations
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;
AND,
 
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WHEREAS,
as an example of this commitment, the Procurement Services of the Business and Finance Office at the University of Michigan is committed
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to “Socially responsible procurement [which] is defined as conducting the
University of Michigan's business in a manner that meets or exceeds the
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ethical, legal, commercial and public expectations that society has of
 business operation”
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;
 AND,
 
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WHEREAS
, The University of Michigan continues to be hub for student activism
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surrounding social justice, including issues of militarism, women’s rights,
environmental justice, and underrepresented minorities;
AND
, 
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WHEREAS
,
the University of Michigan’s Board of Regents’ divestment from South
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African Apartheid in 1978 and from tobacco-related companies in 2000 sets a precedent for ethical divestment from socially irresponsible
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companies;
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AND,
 
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WHEREAS
, human rights are universal and apply to all people regardless of race, nationality, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or other status
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;
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AND,
 
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WHEREAS
, Israel continues to occupy the West Bank and hold a military blockade in the Gaza Strip in contravention of UN Security Council Resolution 242; -
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AND,
 
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WHEREAS
,
the Israeli occupation’s policies and systematic discrimination against
Palestinians is well documented by academics, activists, and human rights
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groups;
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AND,
 
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1
 
IlanPappe’s
The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestinians
 
 
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WHEREAS
, the occupation infringes upon Palestinian human rights in such ways as, the building of settlements on Palestinian land
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, the uneven distribution of
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land and water resources
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, the unlawful demolition of Palestinian homes
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, the administrative detention of Palestinians without charge
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,the prohibition
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of Palestinian use of Israeli only roads
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, and the siege and blockade of Gaza
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;
AND,
 
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WHEREAS
, the United Nations Human Rights Council 2013 report states that
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Palestinians’ “rights to freedom of self 
-determination, non-discrimination, freedom of movement, equality, due process, fair trial, not to be arbitrarily
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detained, liberty and security of person, freedom of expression [...] are  being violated consistently and
on a daily basis” by Israel
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;
AND,
 
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WHEREAS
, the June 30, 2013 University of Michigan Directly Held Equities report of
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investments lists investments in General Electric, Heidelberg Cement,
Caterpillar and United Technology, which are explicitly tied to Israel’s
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illegal occupation of Palestinian territories and violations of international human rights law
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;
AND,
 
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WHEREAS
,
General Electric Corporation (GE) “supplies the propulsion
system for
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Israel's AH-64 Apache Assault Helicopter, which has been used in Israeli
attacks on Palestinian towns and refugee camps…[and] possesses
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contracts with Israel to sell engines for a variety of military aircraft…[and]
 possesses several Israeli service contracts for engineering support and
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te
sting”
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;
AND,
 
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WHEREAS
, Heidelberg Cement is
“the owner of three plants in West Bank settlements
and one Israeli aggregates quarry in the occupied West Bank through
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 in which “the quarry exploits the occupied Palestinian
natural resources for the Isr 
aeli construction industry”
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;
AND,
 
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Human Rights Watch Report “I Lost Everything”
 
 
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WHEREAS
,
Caterpillar “
manufactures and provides bulldozers and civil engineering
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tools...used in demolitions of Palestinians' houses in the occupied territories, in the construction of the separation wall and settlements on
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Palestinian land, in military incursions and as weapons. The Israeli army has used unmanned D9 bulldozers (Dawn Thunder) in the Dec 2008
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attacks in Gaza”
 and in the murder of Evergreen College student Rachel Corrie
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;
AND,
 
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WHEREAS
,
United Technologies “produces Blackhawk helicopters which are used by
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the Israeli military to attack Palestinian cities, refugee camps and villages.
 
Many civilians have be
en killed in these attacks”
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;
AND,
 
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WHEREAS
, Palestinian civil society has called on the global community to implement
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 boycotts, divestments, and sanctions in order to pressure Israel to comply with international law
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; and has had its call endorsed by a diverse group
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of activists and leaders including South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, eminent academics and public intellectuals Noam Chomsky and
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Cornel West, Civil Rights Activist Angela Davis, Jewish Voice for Peace, and the Israeli Committee against House Demolitions, among others;
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AND,
 
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WHEREAS
, the companies identified are involved in activities that deeply and  personally affect Palestinian University of Michigan students with families
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and ties in Palestine;
AND
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WHEREAS,
it is the opinion of the authors that ethical divestment fits with
UM’s
deeply held principles of justice and equality for all people. 
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WHEREAS,
the concern to be explored is expressed broadly and consistently by the
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campus community over time, and the action in question is antithetical to the core mission and values of the University
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;
THEREFORE BE IT 
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RESOLVED
, that the Central Student Government calls upon the University of
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Michigan Regents to appoint an ad hoc committee to investigate the ethical and moral implications of our investments in the corporations
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Caterpillar, General Electric, Heidelberg Cement, United Technologies, and all other companies that explicitly profit from and facilitate the Israeli
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occupation and siege of Palestinian land in violation of international law and human rights, in order to persuade these companies to terminate all
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