Late this morning, students lay head to toe across the Main Green as part of Brown’s leg of the national movement to divest from sporting goods giant Adidas due to unfair labor practices. Otherwise known as “badidas” (get it?), this national movement, which has successfully led to divestment from Adidas at Oberlin and Cornell (with several more having agreed to cut contracts), was formed in response to Adidas’ refusal to pay $1.8 million in severance owed to workers in Indonesia, among other offenses.
According to the Brown Student Labor Alliance website, though University administrators have addressed Adidas about its violations of the University’s vendor code of conduct, Adidas has not made any changes, and no definitive action has been made to cut Brown’s contract.
Decked out in workout gear, students held up signs reading slogans protesting Adidas’ practices, and encouraging the University to take action and terminate its contract with the company. And while most students might have other things on their mind in this week of weeks, you can learn more about “Brown Cut Adidas” and take a look at its petition here.
Wondering why every sort of statue in the general vicinity of the Main Green from Bruno the Bear to the creepy, hand-holding statues (a.k.a. “Circle Dance”) on the Waterman Street lawn were covered in party hats and cardboard signs today?
This random act was the latest public demonstration by Brown Divest Coal. To celebrate the fact that the university’s advisory committee has formally recommended that Brown divest from the U.S.’s 15 largest coal companies, members of BDC decorated statues across campus with slogans encouraging members of the corporation to vote yes to divestment at the corporation’s next meeting in May.
BDC may very well have reason to celebrate: to date, the corporation has always taken the advisory committee’s recommendations on divestment. If the corporation follows suit on this issue, whatever guerrilla artistic insanity Brown Divest Coal does to celebrate will probably be worth seeing.
A cadre of VISA0100 students has launched the “Right to Wipe” campaign to convince the University to divest from upgrade all toilet paper from 1- to 2-ply. Are they serious? Yes! This shit is serious. The campaign’s slogan? “Tissue is an issue!” Well, yeah it is.
They’ll be gathering on the Main Green at 5 p.m. Wednesday to let their (surely innumerable) voices be heard. Funny thing is, this actually worked at Duke, so it might be worth coming out for. The question is, will students be willing to stomach the tuition hike necessary to finance the change? Only time will tell. Check out the Facebook event for the rally here.
If you haven’t noticed, there are a lot of red flags on the Main Green outside of Faunce. They’re meant to symbolize the loss of Syrian lives as a result of the crisis there. The U.N. estimates that 70,000 people have been killed there to date, so each flag represents 233 deaths.
If you’re interested in learning more, there will be a student led teach-in on the issue tomorrow, Tuesday March 19 at 8 p.m. in Wilson 301. Additionally, there is a table set up near the flags where you can read about specific instances of torture in Syria, and where, if you want, you can sign letters against it.
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