Support the UF Hunger Strike! Support Socially Responsible Investing!

On April 9th, 2008, members of UF’s Students for a Democratic Society (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2217745874) shared a “last supper” (composed of Reggae Shack curry tempeh) on the steps of Tigert Hall. At least 12 people have committed to some level of participation in this hunger strike, including some that will be consuming nothing but water until our Socially Responsible Investing proposal is accepted by the University of Florida. We need your help in letting the administration know that they can no longer ignore us and our proposal.

Call Bernie Machen himself and let him know what you think about his refusal to put UF’s money where its mouth is. Ask him if the possibility that our university is profiting off of war, environmental destruction, and human rights abuses is okay with him.

Phone: (352) 392-1311
Fax: (352) 392-9506
Email: President@ufl.edu
Office of the President, 226 Tigert Hall, PO Box 113150,
Gainesville, FL 32611

Other administrators you can talk to:

Student Body President: president@sg.ufl.edu

Office of Sustainability Director Dedee DeLongpre: dedee@ufl.edu, (352) 392-1336

Ask them to publicly declare their support for the hunger strikers and their SRI proposal.

Thanks for your support!

Current Hunger Strikers: (April 20th, 2008)
Clint Mitchell (Water)
Esteban O’Sullivan (Liquids)
Kevin Hachey (Liquids)

Past Hunger Strikers/Solidarity Fasters
Charles “Chuck” Allen (10)
Skeet Surrency (10)
Michael Marks (10)
Jen Meekel (6)
Richard Gutierrez (6)
Simon Fitz-William (6)
Jasmine Betz (6)
Chelsea Solmo (3)
Cassie Lowe (3)
Tracey Tolbert (2)
RD Bonner (2)
Tyler Francischine (1)
Rob Kowalski (1)
Cody Hull (1)
Lyra Mulhern (1)

If you want to join us, just write on the wall and let us know. Whether you want to strike until we win, or just join us for a day-long solidarity fast, we’d love to have your support!

In the meantime, be sure to write some emails, make some phone calls, and sign our online petition: http://www.petitiononline.com/srisds/petition.html

Here is a sample call-in script:

Hello, my name is ________ from __________ (school). I am calling to urge you to support the socially responsible investment proposal submitted to you by Students for a Democratic Society. Currently, the SRI policy passed by the Board of Trustees provides no measure of accountability to the students or the public. If the University of Florida is to live up to its mission statement of working for the public good, it must realize that its investments should be held to the same standard. I implore you to meet the demands of the students who are on a hunger strike and ensure that the University of Florida will remain at the forefront of the fight for sustainability and responsibility. Thank you.

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