BERKELEY, Calif.—The University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) undergraduate student body Senate unanimously voted on Feb. 18 to divest $72.6 million dollars’ worth of University of California bonds and investments in the Republic of Turkey for their crimes in and the continued denial of the Armenian Genocide.
The resolution titled “A Bill in Support of Divestment from the Republic of Turkey” passed at 11 p.m. at Anna Head Alumnae Hall at UC Berkeley.
The resolution is part of a larger initiative (#DivestTurkey) spearheaded by the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) Western United States, calling on institutions to divest from the Republic of Turkey,
“With the support of not only our Armenian community here at Cal, but also with the Berkeley community at large, we are so proud to have been a part of history tonight with the passing of this bill at UC Berkeley” said Sareen Habeshian, a UC Berkeley student and Armenian Student Association member.
Raffi Margossian, UC Berkeley sophomore and ASA executive member, said, “I’m proud to see the ASUC take measures to hold our Regents accountable. I think it’s outrageous that our tuition money is invested without student input. This bill sends a larger message that calls for the need for student voice in UC investments”
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