Divest Harvard Plans Weeklong Blockade of Mass. Hall | News | The Harvard Crimson

By Mariel A. Klein , CRIMSON STAFF WRITER9 minutes ago

Environmental activism group Divest Harvard said Monday that it will attempt a weeklong blockade of Massachusetts Hall from April 12 to April 17, focusing on barring administrators, including University President Drew G. Faust, from entering the central office building.

The “Harvard Heat Week” protest, which organizers originally promoted as a sit-in, aims to bring students, faculty, and alumni to Harvard Yard to demand that the University divest its $35.9 billion endowment from fossil fuels. Divest member Ben D. Sorscher ’18 said the protest would not disrupt the 14 freshmen who live in Mass. Hall and that Divest members had individually notified each freshman of the plans and scheduled one-on-one meetings with them.

Protesters intend to form a circle around Mass. Hall and camp out at night, according to Divest Harvard co-founder Chloe S. Maxmin ’15. She added that “hundreds” of advocates of the movement, including dozens of students, are willing to be arrested. The activists have said that they will need 50 to 100 participants in the sit-in each day.

“The time for dialogue has passed. The time for action is now,” Maxmin said to a crowd of 30 people gathered for a Divest teach-in on Monday afternoon.

Sorscher said that at the end of the protest, the activists hope for “a change in stance of the administration from the outright opposing [of divestment] they have right now.”

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