The University of California Student Association board – which represents all 233,000 students enrolled in the UC system’s 10 campuses – approved a resolution on Sunday that calls on the system’s leaders to financially divest from the United States.
The measure cited alleged human rights violations by America such as drone strikes that have killed civilians, and claimed the country’s criminal justice system is racist, among other accusations.
The “Resolution Toward Socially Responsible Investment at the University of California” passed with an overwhelming majority vote of 11-1-3.
Here’s something you may not know. The amount of money awarded to universities for research and other projects by agencies of the federal government, e.g., National Institutes of Health (NIH), is public information. Here are the search results listing active NIH grants (2014-1015) for 25 universities in the University of California system. (You can search this data base yourselves.) Included are the $$ dollar $$ amounts of each grant. To be clear, the federal government does not produce a product. The money federal agencies pass out is money the federal government collects from citizens. Your tax dollars at work.
At these 25 universities there are 5974 search results– active grants. I downloaded and summed the amounts of the grants for the top 500 entries– a bit less than 10% of all results.
$908,386,947. Where I live that’s danged close to 1 Billion Dollars. And that’s less than 10% of active grants by one federal funding agency at 25 universities.
So you go, California Kids! You divest yourself from the United States and save us all some money!