Wednesday, April 23, 2008



The following appeal comes via the United Students Against Sweatshops, even though it concerns an effort on the part of the Students for a Democratic Society. Go HERE to read more and join this campaign.


Support Hunger Striking Students at the University of Florida!
Students at the University of Florida have been on hunger strike for up to 13 days to demand that the university commit to a policy for socially responsible investment.

Please call and email President Machen today to demand that the university meet students' demands.

President Machen (352) 392-1311:
Hello, my name is _______ and I am a __________ from __________. I am calling today to urge you to listen to the demands of your hunger striking students. The University of Florida should be a leader in the struggle to ensure that the rights of workers are respected, and I hope that your administration will take action immediately. Thank you.

At the link above you can also sign on to send President Machen the following letter. The SDS also has their own online petition HERE.
Send a letter to the following decision maker(s): President Bernie Machen

Below is the sample letter:

Subject: Support socially responsible investing

Dear [decision maker name automatically inserted here],

I am writing today 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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