Rutgers Coalition for Total Divestment

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Duration: Unknown, apparently existed 1984 - Unknown, apparently existed in 1986
Location: New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States


The Rutgers Coalition for Total Divestment (RCTD) was a student group at Rutgers University. The Rutgers Coalition for Total Divestment campaigned to get the university to divest from companies doing business in apartheid South Africa. At Rutgers University/New Brunswick there was a nearly three week blockage of the student center in the Spring 1985 organized by the Rutgers Coalition for Total Divestment. (Source: Former members of the Rutgers Coalition for Total Divestment;  Guide to the Records on the National Student Convention '88, 1983-1992; 1987-1988 (bulk)), Rutgers University Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Rutgers; RCTD material on this website; other material on this website including: SPECIAL COMMITTEE AGAINST APARTHEID SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 565TH MEETING, Special Committee Against Apartheid, A/AC.115/SR.565, United Nations, 7 May 1985; and and the May-June 1985 and Fall 1985 issues of the Student Anti-Apartheid Newsletter, American Committee on Africa.)

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Title: Rutgers Grass Roots - Progressive Activists Files
Time Span: 1969 - 1989 (material related to anti-apartheid and divestment activity )
Description: The files span the period 1921 to 1993, inclusive, while the bulk of the collection covers the years 1979-1993 and comprise the records of two student activists at Rutgers University, Sue Kozel and Chris Berzinski, who continued their activist involvement after graduating from the University. Most of the files in the collection were created by Kozel and Berzinski as they became involved in numerous protest issues at Rutgers University. The divestment series (1969-1989, 1.2 cubic feet) documents student and faculty activities in the fight against apartheid in South Africa and for divestiture of University funds from companies doing business in South Africa. The collection includes material related to the Rutgers student organization Coalition in Solidarity with South African Liberation (CISSAL), 1977-1978 (of which Chris Berzinski was a member) which opposed to apartheid and concerned with the divestiture of University funds from corporations doing business in South Africa. Material on CISSAL includes biographies, broadsides, legislation from New Jersey and Wisconsin, opinion pieces by Chris Berzinski, an outline by Chris Berzinski showing his CISSAL activities and asking to have them be made part of his field work, a petition, press releases and publications. This collection documents the origins of CISSAL and how it evolved from the Phil Shinnick Defense Committee, focusing on one faculty member's cause, into its pro-divestiture identity. The Rutgers Coalition for Total Divestment (RCTD)/Coalition for Total Divestment, (also referred to as the Coalition for Total Divestment), 1985 subseries documents the student, faculty, and alumni organization committed to the divestiture of University funds from corporations doing business in South Africa and the fight against apartheid. This subseries includes broadsides, correspondence, an informational packet concerning the group and a hunger strike, press releases and resolutions. The collection includes material generated by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), the Joint Investment Committee, Rutgers University Board of Governors (BOG), and the University Senate. Includes accounts of University common stock invested in corporations doing business in South Africa, clippings chronicling events in South Africa and the concerns and activities of Rutgers students and faculty fighting against apartheid and for divestment, correspondence, informational material, company investment records, legislation, opinion pieces, press releases, reports, including the student and faculty compilation, General Report to the Board of Governors and Board of Trustees, resolutions, and testimonies given by student activists Chris Berzinski and Sue Kozel before various University committees.
Housed At: Rutgers University Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives
Location: 169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1163, United States
Catalog/Finding Aid: view
Phone: (732) 932-7006
Related Website: http://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/rul/libs/scua/scua.shtml

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Title: Guide to the Records on the National Student Convention '88, 1983-1992; 1987-1988 (bulk)
Time Span: 1983 - 1992 (bulk 1987 - 1988)
Description: The collection contains correspondence, minutes, newsletters, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, press releases, publicity, and reports related to student activism at Rutgers University in the 1980s, specifically the planning and implementation of the National Student Convention in 1988. Additional material includes a small photograph series, several t-shirts, a hat, a banner and several buttons pertaining to the issues student activists were addressing at this time. The collection includes material on anti-apartheid activism mostly related to the Rutgers Coalition for Total Divestment.
Housed At: Rutgers University Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives
Location: 169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1163, United States
Catalog/Finding Aid: view
Phone: (732) 932-7006
Related Website: http://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/rul/libs/scua/scua.shtml