Divest Now Coalition (University of Illinois Urbana Champaign)

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Duration: Apparently 1985 - Apparent 1987
Location: Urbana, Illinois, United States

The Divest Now Coalition was a student anti-apartheid organization at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. The Divest Now Coalition campaigned to get the University of Illinois to divest from companies doing business in South Africa. At one point 60 people were arrested at a meeting of the University of Illinois Trustees. The Divest Now Coalition built shanties on the campus. The Divest Now Coalition worked with the Champaign-Urbana Coalition Against Apartheid (CUCAA); see the description and material of CUCAA on this website. [Note: there was an organization of the same name at the University of Illinois in Chicago; they were separate organizations.] (Source: Jeff Machota and Sia Lindstrom, former members of the Divest Now Coalition; video of a Divestment Panel accessed June 15, 2016)

Organizational Archive

Title: Progressive Resource Action Cooperative and Divest Now Coalition Collection
Time Span: Divest Now Coalition 1985-1987
Media: 15 boxes (21.5 linear ft.)
Description: The Progressive Resource Action Cooperative (PRC) Records and Divest Now! Coalition Collection at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign are comprised of materials that demonstrate the history and work of the PRC as well as its roots in local anti-apartheid activities. The PRC Records consist of documents, photographs, correspondences, newsletters, press releases, posters, flyers, memorabilia, and audiovisual materials that relate to the activities of the PRC and social justice causes that the organization supported, including the Anti-Chief Movement. Materials related to the local activities supporting anti-apartheid in South Africa are found in the Divest Now Coalition portion of the collection that consists of documents, publications, flyers, and t-shirts. This collection was donated by Jeff Machota. 

Housed At: Urbana Free Library
Location: 210 West Green Street, Urbana, Illinois, United States
Phone: 217-367-4057 Collection Action Services: 217-367-4057
Reference Email: archives@urbanafree.org
Related Website: https://urbanafreelibrary.org/

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