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UC Student Association Passes Two Resolutions on Divestment On February 8, the University of California Student Association, the independent official voice of 240,000 UC students, passed two advisory resolutions: Resolution Calling for the UC Regents to Divest from Corporations Violating Palestinian Human Rights and Resolution Toward Socially Responsible Investment at the University of California by an 9-1 vote, with 5 abstentions.

The resolutions call for the UC to respect and act upon the call of University of California students to divest from investment in corporations that do business with Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Israel, Mexico, Russia, Turkey, Sri Lanka and the United States including, but not limited to, Boeing, Caterpillar, Cement Roadstone Holdings, Cemex, General Dynamics, General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, and United Technologies.

The resolutions also call upon the University of California to establish a means of implementing greater student oversight of the UC’s investment policy. They further urge the UC to realign its investments to socially responsible companies, a standard that also includes divestment from companies that practice fossil fuel extraction, and those that perpetuate the Prison Industrial Complex. Similar resolutions have been passed to date by seven of nine UC undergraduate student governments.

Read More | University of California Student Association | See Also: imc_photo.gifHistoric march for divestment at UC Davis photo essay
Lockdown at U.S. Federal Court to Free Palestinian Community Organizer Rasmea Odeh On November 12, activists with the Bay Area Rasmea Defense Committee chained themselves to doors of the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building in Oakland to protest the conviction and imprisonment of 67-year-old Palestinian community organizer Rasmea Odeh. Other supporters rallied in front of the federal building, condemning what they call a politically motivated trial targeting Odeh because of her role as an outspoken Palestinian leader and activist. Odeh was convicted on Monday, November 10th in a Detroit federal court of knowingly lying on her immigration application.

Hundreds were present in court to support Odeh over the course of her trial in Detroit, and many more across the country have held solidarity demonstrations demanding that she be freed. Activists in the Bay Area vow to continue to protest to intensify their efforts until Odeh is released.

photoRead More | calendarFree Rasmea Odeh Now! Oakland Solidarity Rally | calendarFree Rasmea Odeh Now! Oakland Solidarity Night of Music and Food (Nov 14)
SodaStream to Close Factory in Occupied West Bank For several years, Pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) activists in Northern California and across the globe have pressured retailers to stop selling SodaStream products in their stores. This is because Israeli beverage firm SodaStream produces many of the products it sells worldwide at a factory in the Mishor Adumim settlement in the occupied West Bank.

On October 29, amid ongoing boycott pressure from the international community, SodaStream announced that it was closing their controversial factory located in the West Bank settlement, while simultaneously reporting a 9% decline in sales.

SodaStream said that it would relocate the factory by the end of 2015. According to the firm, the plant closure would "improve the operational efficiency" of the company, listed on the New York stock exchange since 2010.

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Previous Related Coverage: photoEarth Day: Activists Ask Zabar's to Stop Selling Israeli Occupation Profiteer SodaStream | photoSanta Cruz Activists Have Protested Regularly Since the Assault on Gaza Began| audio"Mideast Migraines" - Israeli Legal System Reflects General Injustice | photoNew Yorkers March on Broadway for Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions Against Israel | photoBrooklyn Protest Asks Target to Drop Israeli Settlement Product SodaStream | photoBlack Friday Mall Shoppers Informed of SodaStream's Connection to Occupied Palestine | photoQueers Undermining Israeli Terrorism Push Cliff's Variety Store to Boycott SodaStream | photoCaroling New Yorkers Protest Israeli Settlement-builder Leviev, as Israel Boycott Grows | calendaraudioComedian songwriter Dave Lippman back in Sac!| photoSodaStream Sponsors Bomb The Children Day at Cliff's Variety | calendarRally to End Israel’s Siege on Gaza; its Blockade, Occupation and Apartheid | photoSacramento BDS demonstrate outside of Target | photoTell Cliff's to Dump SodaStream | photoProtesting the sale of SodaStream in Sacramento | calendarSacramento Demonstration on the sidewalk in front of the Bed, Bath and Beyond
Third Oakland Port Blockade Set for October 26 UPDATE 10/27: After successful blockades of Zim Line ships at the Port of Oakland in August and September, a third blockade was set to target the Zim ship Beijing before dawn on Saturday, October 25. The Beijing was rescheduled to dock the morning of Sunday, October 26, and then delayed indefinitely. Organizers — remaining vigilant for a potential docking at any time during the week — called for a solidarity march from West Oakland BART station on the afternoon of Sunday 26th, as a show of force to let Zim know that activists would be ready should the Beijing attempt to unload cargo in Oakland. The Beijing never docked at the port of Oakland and instead headed for other ports..

In announcing the action, organizers wrote: Palestinians are unified in their call to people around the world to take action against Israel everywhere. Bay Area residents have the opportunity to up the ante and be leaders in the movement for justice in Palestine! We salute the longshoremen who stood with the Palestinian people by honoring our Block the Boat picket and refusing to unload Zim in August, and for doing so again during another successful picket in September. We will be asking workers to once again join with us in sending a message to the world that Zionism is not welcome at the Port of Oakland.

From Oakland to Seattle, Los Angeles, Vancouver, New York, New Orleans, and Tampa — turn the Israeli ship around!

videophotoActivists 'Block the Boat' to end Israeli Apartheid | calendarEvent Announcement

See Also: Zionist Organization of America head calls for arrest of Block the Boat protesters | California Leads the Way in the “Block the Boat” Movement

Previous Related Indybay Features: Oakland Does It Again with Successful BDS Blockade at Port (2014) | Historic Victory Against Israeli Apartheid at the Port of Oakland (2014) | Anti-Apartheid Picket at Oakland Docks Stops Unloading of Israeli Zim Line Ship (2010)
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Mideast Migraines - Fascism Is Again the Issue Ren Tawil
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This Week in Palestine, March 20th, 2015 IMEMC
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Hewlett Packard Protest: The People's Shareholders Meeting R. Robertson (3 comments)
Wednesday Mar 18th 2:58 PM
This Week in Palestine, March 13th, 2015 IMEMC
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