Calling for Divestment, Protesters Blockade Mass. Hall


Members and supporters of activist group Divest Harvard hold signs and banners in front of Massachusetts Hall on Sunday night. The group says it plans to blockade the administrative building until Friday.

Organizer says activist group plans to continue the blockade through Friday

By Mariel A. Klein and Theodore R. Delwiche, CRIMSON STAFF WRITERSan hour ago

Alana M Steinberg

UPDATED: April 12, 2015, at 10:48 p.m.

Members and supporters of the activist group Divest Harvard began a planned blockade of three entrances to Massachusetts Hall on Sunday and were still rallying outside the building in protest of Harvard’s investment in fossil fuel companies late that evening.

At least 150 protesters had gathered in front of Mass. Hall by 8:50 p.m. on Sunday for a round of addresses and chants in front of the main entrance to the building, which houses the offices of top Harvard officials including University President Drew G. Faust. Some protesters held a long banner with the words “Heat Week,” the name for Divest Harvard’s planned week of protests, and blue neon signs that read “Divest from fossil fuels.” Others, carrying large backpacks, provisions, and tents, settled down near the entrances and pulled out their laptops, preparing for a long stay.

Around 9:15 p.m., Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana was seen near Mass. Hall speaking with protesters.

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Published on Apr 12, 2015

Environmental activist and former Crimson President Bill E. McKibben ’82 discusses possible outcomes of the April 2015 Harvard Heat Week protest. Reporter: Mariel A. Klein; Camera: Madeline R. Lear/The Harvard Crimson

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