Twenty-five divestment activists from all around California met this weekend in Encino to plan next steps in the campaign for fossil-fuel divestment of the two large state pension funds, CalSTRS for teachers and CalPERS for other public employees.
The April 11-13 summit gave a boost to our campaign for moving these funds toward divestment from fossil fuels. Funded by 350.org and held at the Holy Spirit Retreat Center, the summit brought together divestment activists for our first face-to-face statewide meeting.
We were joined by Jay Carmona, 350’s divestment campaign manager, who brought in Kate Bartheleme as our facilitator. Kate, a trainer and consultant with Midwest Academy, led us the through the Midwest strategy chart used for campaign organizing. For an intense but enjoyable day and a half we dug into the theory and practice of organizing, and came out with a clear strategy for going forward in the weeks and months ahead.
With the energy generated at the summit, six CalPERS/CalSTRS groups are getting to work and setting up their first meetings. We’d love to have more members.
Here are the groups we have established so far:
Messaging and website
Strategy & Research for STRS
Strategy & Research for PERS
Labor Outreach STRS
Labor Outreach PERS
For more information or to join one of these groups, please contact Deborah Silvey firstname.lastname@example.org. Join us!