WHY DID WE BLOCKADE???
by Princeton Coalition for Divestment
Princeton, New Jersey, United States
Undated, apparently some day during the week starting May 27, 1985
Letter to students perhaps distributed as a leaflet. The letter says Dear fellow student, the action that the Coalition for Divestment took in blockading Nassau Hall last Thursday was a serious one; we felt that you had a right to understand the reasons behind it. The letter says in response to the Coalition's quest for a dialogue about the University's investment policy on companies doing business in South Africa, the trustees met with student and faculty representatives on Friday May 17; we were told that there was interest in re-examining the current policy; on Wednesday morning, May 22, Dean Lowe called a meeting with members of the Coalition. The letter says with all avenues for dialogue closed, members of the coalition felt that only direct action would convince President Bowen that new steps had to be taken; at 6:00 am Thursday the sit-in began; that afternoon, following the arrest of 89 members of the University community, President Bowen distributed a public statement clarifying his views on divestment, a gesture which he had been unwilling to make the day before; we regret any disruption of the University community, but we are happy for the effect that the blockade has had in reopening dialogue on this most important issue; we were concerned that all students understand the reasons behind our protest. The letter discusses President Bowen (Princeton University President William G. Bowen), students and faculty divestment leaders, the Board of Trustees' Policy and Budget Committee, the University's investment policies, the administration, the Trustees, faculty, students, an informational seminar for the Trustees, an ad hoc committee of the Board of Trustees, the formation of a student -faculty advisory committee, and a lecture series. [This item is included in "The Princeton Coalition for Divestment: A Case History, April - June 1985."]
Used by permission of Thomas J. Knock.
Collection: Thomas J. Knock papers