USAC Votes for a resolution to “Divest from Corporations Supporting the Private Prison Industry”

Last night, the Afrikan Student Union at UCLA addressed the Undergraduate Student Association Council with “A Resolution to Divest Undergraduate Students Association Council and UC Los Angeles Finances from Corporations Profiting from the Industrial Complex.”

Students and USAC Council members wait as the "A Resolution" presentation is soon to begin./Amber Tidmore- Nommo Staff

Students and USAC Council members wait as the “A Resolution” presentation is soon to begin./Amber Tidmore- Nommo Staff

The endorsers of the resolution include:

 Student/Campus Organizations: Harambee Council at UCLA, USAC Office of the President, USAC External Vice President’s Office, USAC Cultural Affairs Commissioner, USAC General Representative 3, Incarcerated Youth Tutorial Project, Student Coalition Against Labor Exploitation.

Individuals in Support: Avinoam Boral Internal Vice president of the Jewish Student Union, Liz Friedman Women in the Physical Sciences President, Devin Murphy President of the Black Pre-Law Association, and Janay Williams member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Community Organizations: Alliance for Equal Opportunity in Education and Community Coalition of South Los Angeles.

The endorsers were not the only individuals in attendance, but also many students of color and non-students of color who came to express their opinion, and to show support for the resolution and the Afrikan Student Union (ASU).

USAC meeting opens the floor for public comment./ Amber Tidmore-Nommo Staff

USAC meeting opens the floor for public comment./ Amber Tidmore-Nommo Staff

Kateisha Menefield, Vice-Chair of ASU made the first public comment introducing the resolution to the meeting, followed by other public comments, then a presentation given by both Kamilah Moore, Chair of ASU and Maryssa Hall, External Vice President of USAC; and lastly, council members asked questions.  Ten of the council members voted in approval of the resolution and the rest of the members neither abstained nor denied it.  In favor of USAC, the resolution passed, which to many, is significant step to ignite further divestment from the prison industrial complex.

The link to the resolution can be found at the end of the article.  Yet, to read more about what the resolution stands for, what it sets out to change, and the personal comments and experiences of both students and USAC council members during the meeting, check back with NOMMO Magazine this Friday.

http://usac.ucla.edu/documents/resolutions/USACPrivatePrisonDivestmentResolution.pdf