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Columbia University becomes first US University divest private prison industry

Jess Smith

Columbia University will become the first college to divest from the private prison after the Board of Trustees voted on Monday. The university will divest its stocks from the industry and will not invest in anymore similar stocks. Rallies for the divestment were happening on campus since last year, when sit ins were held, such as one taught by Lee Bollinger, the University President.

Dunni Oduyemi wants to give the credit to students, especially students of color, who were very active in trying to get this divestment to happen. She was quoted as saying, “All of the work was done by students, especially students of color on this campus.”

The divestment is just the first step of attempting to rid the university of investing in “racist and classist system of incarceration and policing”.

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