Update, 11:39 am: Changes have been made in the organization of the protest. It is now being run by the Barnard Columbia Solidarity Network (BCSN), a coalition that includes the groups that were part of the Student Power Coalition, but adds to the mix Mobilized African Diaspora and Barnard Columbia Socialists. They will release their full list of demands, now more focused on racial justice, around the time of the rally.
The Student Power Coalition, consisting of Columbia Divest for Climate Justice, No Red Tape, Student-Worker Solidarity, and Divest Barnard, is holding a protest today at 3:30 pm* at Low Plaza. The protest, appropriately titled “Columbia Students Rise Up: Demand Justice on Climate, Race, Labor, & Sexual Violence” (a hearty mouthful!) might be organized by a bit of a motley crew, but we’re sure you can relate to one of the myriad causes represented, right…? If not, you probably won’t look too out of place as long as you carry around a sign and shout enthusiastically and passionately (with verve!) about anything that really gets your goat, so feel free to join the crowd.
The organizers’ demands include divestment from the top 200 publicly-traded fossil fuel companies, the creation of a 24/7 rape crisis center, the increase of all campus job wages to $15 per hour, and “meaningful steps to address racial injustice on campus.” If these demands resonate with you, the organizers stress that everyone is welcome and no previous experience is necessary.
*The time was previously 4 pm, and our completely unsubstantiated theory is that the time of sunset affected the shift, because, as we all know, you have to make hay while the sun shines.