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TABLE OF CONTENTS Letter from Frontlines .………………………………………………… Transportation,


Letter from Frontlines .…………………………………………………

Transportation, Internet, and Ground Rules ………………………………………………… 2 Contact Information ……………………………………………………………………………… 3

About the Convergence ……………………… Our Organizing Principles ………………… Map of Buildings and Spaces

…………………………………………………………… Convergence Schedule ……………………… Training Descriptions/Location …………

…………………………………………………… Environmental Justice Day of Action ………………………………… Storytellers Team ………………………………………………………… Mentorship Track …………

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This letter first appeared in the program for last year’s PowerUp! Divest Fossil Fuels Convergence at Swarthmore College.

Dear Students,

February 2013

We write to you from the front lines. Some of our communities have been fighting the fossil fuel empire for generations. Others have only recently joined this struggle. We send our support and gratitude for leading this fossil fuel divestment campaign. This is a mighty cause you are joining: challenging some of the biggest threats humans have ever seen and committing to what must become a global movement.

We support your mission to hold your universities accountable. Institutions of learning must challenge systems that endanger the future of younger generations. We believe that colleges and universities divesting from fossil fuels and reinvesting in clean energy will deliver a powerful political message. And

yet, weas frontline and indigenous leadersencourage you to dig deeper. We encourage you to

understand your campaigns as part of a much longer struggle, one that has been going on for generations, for justice and health, and the environment.

The corporations you are targeting have pushed our people up against the edge of survival. We live in the land coal companies have stolen and destroyed. We live in the land the oil, fracking, and uranium industries have poisoned. As the climate crisis worsens, it is frontline and indigenous communities who are hit hardest. When you demand that your colleges cut financial ties to ExxonMobil or Peabody Coal’s latest projects to pillage the earth it s our land and communities you’re acting in solidarity with. Our work is deeply tied together.

Please join us. From the indigenous peoples, to the coal fields, fracking wells, refineries, and communities facing all manners of extreme energy production. Fight the fossil fuel industry on campus, but not only on campus. Join us in our communities and our fights and bind your struggle to ours.

We welcome you to this movement with open arms. Together we can defeat the dirty energy industry and build a healthy, sustainable, and just world.

In solidarity,

Robert J Thompson, REDOIL (Kaktovik, AK) Kirby Spangler, Castle Mountain Coalition (Palmer, AK) Veronica Coptis, Center for Coalfield Justice (Greene County, PA)

Janene Yazzie, Sixth World Solutions

Chief Gary Harrison, Chickaloon Tribe Alaska Dustin White, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (Southern West Virginia) Iris Marie Bloom, Protecting Our Waters (Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Region) Blas Espinosa, Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (Houston, TX) Victoria Corona, Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (Houston, TX) Liana Lopez, Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (Houston, TX) Theresa Dardar, Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe (Louisiana) Meagan Dochuk, 1st Nations Aamjiwnaang Ron Plain, 1st Nations Aamjiwnaang Elandria Williams, Highlander Center (Knoxville, TN)




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The MUNI bus system is a complex system that covers most of San Francisco and stretches across most districts. Buses run through the day and part of the evening at varying rates, and do include the OWL night service. The cost to ride the bus/lightrail is $2.00 and the transfers are given with a minimum of 90 minutes. Hold on to your transfer at all times and make sure it isn’t expired when riding the bus, as fare checking is common ($100+ fine). If stopped by MUNI police for a fare check on the bus or lightrail, please be polite and respectful when showing them your proof of payment.

Buses near SFSU: The 29-Sunset, The 28-19th Avenue, The 17-Park Merced Loop, and The 18-46th Avenue.

Light rail near SFSU: The M-Ocean View (campus to downtown), K-Ingleside, N-Judah and L-Taraval.

BART: The Bay Area Rapid Transit system (BART) connects different cities in the Bay Area via light rail. You can easily get from SF to East Bay or further south down the peninsula by taking BART.

Use resources such as Google Maps or Nextmuni.com to check traffic info and MUNI system times.


Open a new window or tab and you will be redirected to the SFSU internet log in page. Log in with:

SF State ID: fossil@sfsuguest SF State Password: c0nvergence


In order to create a productive and safe space for learning and building together, please follow the community norms we will set together on the first night of the convergence. Your participation is dependent on your adherence to the following conditions. Note: Hate speech, sexual harassment or sexual assault will not be tolerated.

Ground Rules for University Property:

The University of San Francisco (SFSU) has been cooperative in letting us use their space for programming. Please treat the facilities, students, and staff with respect and follow the ground rules outlined below:

Vandalism and theft will not be tolerated.

Please refrain from the use of drugs on campus.

Please do not drink alcohol on campus unless within the areas in which it is allowed (The Pub, The Depot,

and the Gallery).

SFSU is a smoke free campus, so please do not smoke on campus ($50 fine) except in the official Designated Smoking Areas (DSAs) or the unofficial DSA on Holloway Ave between the Library and the Creative Arts Building.

Do not ride a bicycle, scooter (motorized or not), or skateboard of any kind on the grounds of the SFSU campus at any time, except on a designated bike path.

Only bike racks provided by the campus and designed to secure bicycles/scooters should be used to secure bicycles/scooters.




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Convergence core organizing team:




Team / Affiliation

Marli Diestel

(530) 228-5042




Becca Rast

(717) 519-9140




Jason Schwartz

(415) 933-4664


Logistics Coordinator/SFSU

Emily Beaulac

(714) 673-0357



Janelle Bowerman

(650) 773-9643



Emily Williams

(408) 318-4356


Travel Logistics/CSSC

Katie Hoffman

(310) 528-2621


Travel Logistics/CSSC

Sara Blazevic

(646) 249-9545



Zein Nakhoda

(214) 686-9158


Listening Team/Maypop

For transportation emergencies (e.g. if you are about to miss a plane), please call :

Katie Hoffman (310)-528-2621 or Shoshanna Howard (303)-968-8710.

If you did not receive a travel scholarship but are in need of a retroactive scholarship,

please contact Emily Williams at emily@sustainabilitycoalition.org.

In the event of a

medical emergency,

contact any of the following:

event of a medical emergency, contact any of the following: SFSU Campus Safety (24-hour): (415) 338-7200

SFSU Campus Safety (24-hour): (415) 338-7200 San Francisco Women Against Rape Hotline (24-hour): (415) 647-7273




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This gathering, the second Fossil Fuel Divestment Convergence, brings together young organizers

from across the country to build a thriving student movement for climate justice.

Over the last two years, students on hundreds of campuses have launched fossil fuel divestment campaigns. We’re demanding that our endowments no longer be invested in environmental and human devastation. We’re building our skills, contesting for power, and strengthening ties with other movements. We also know that divestment is one tactic in the broader movement for climate justice so while we fight the fossil fuel industry with one tactic, we will nurture relationships with those fighting the same forces in other ways in their own communities.

Our Political Moment

The divestment movement is in a pivotal stage. Some of us have been running our campaigns for a year or more, some of us just started our campaigns. Some of us have been told “No” by our administrations, others have achieved divestment, and others still are being stalled in endless administrative bureaucracy.

Many of us at the Convergence are new to this work, bringing energy, excitement, and new ideas. Others of us are starting to feel the grind. We’re learning that organizing takes time and requires commitment through disappointment and roadblocks. We have learned lessons about effective organizing and messaging, how to engage with administrators, and how to escalate.

Meanwhile, the divestment movement is finding its role in the larger climate justice movement. As students fight for

fossil fuel divestment on campus, there are people fighting on the frontlines who experience direct impacts of environmental destruction. These people are fighting for clean air, clean water, fair wages, jobs that don’t make them sick, land sovereignty, and more. They are fighting in the face of oil spills, deportations, strip mines, mass

incarceration, and refineries.

As we organize, we are constantly negotiating these narratives, relationships, and strategies. We can organize powerfully if we Dig Deep, Link Up, and Take Action. These three threads weave through the fabric of the convergence and through the organizing we do to make our movement stronger.

Dig Deepthrough the organizing we do to make our movement stronger. Organizing is long, slow, often thankless

Organizing is long, slow, often thankless work. We must dig deep within ourselves and our communities to develop skills and support one another through hardship. We must dig deep into the history of colonialism, white supremacy, and capitalism, as well as histories of past social movements. This helps us develop our visions of transformative change. We must dig deep with one another and truly invest in each other’s

political development and leadership. We will not achieve climate justice tomorrow, so let’s build the

relationships that will last through this fight and grow our movement!

Link Upthat will last through this fight and grow our movement! As we dig deep into our

As we dig deep into our campus work, we can magnify our power by linking up with other campuses. This allows to share knowledge and to seek support from other students doing this work. At the same time, we must link up with frontline communities and others fighting for justice. We have so much to learn from communities who have been fighting the fossil fuel industry for decades. We have the opportunity to create a national narrative together that communicates the power of students, and the power of those fighting for justice in their own communities.




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Fossil Fuel Divestment Convergence 2014 5 Take Action As we build relationships and deepen our skills,

Take Action

As we build relationships and deepen our skills, let’s take collective action! Let’s escalate our campaigns strategically to win on divestment. Let’s take action with frontline organizers who call for ally support. Let’s put our understandings of oppression, power, and strategy into practice in our organizing work.

These three threads are always moving and interacting with each other. As we plan that next mass action, we need to be bringing new people into the movement. As we negotiate with our administrations, we need to be learning lessons from communities who are most impacted. As we plan an action on our campus, let’s reach out to other campuses who have escalated to learn what worked and what didn’t. As these threads intertwine, our movement can become more dynamic and powerful.

Convergence Goals

Strategy and Escalation

While we have seen some phenomenal successes in the divestment campaign over the past year, it is also clear that we need to start escalating and putting pressure on our administrations and boards. Escalating strategically is a carefully cultivated skill that can be honed through workshops, mentorship, and sharing stories. The convergence will be a space for students to do just that. Campuses that have taken escalated action will share their successes and their lessons learned, students will learn about creative direct actions that will put pressure on their boards and win on-campus support, and each campus will be connected long-term with other campuses who are looking to escalate.

Reinvestment and the Just Transition

In order for us to truly confront the climate crisis, we need to not only confront the fossil fuel industry, but also create community-owned alternatives to a fossil fuel-based economy. At this year’s convergence, we will be connecting students with community organizers who are not only fighting the fossil fuel industry in their backyards, but also working to transition to a local, sustainable, and just economy that empowers and employs members of their community. Students will have the opportunity to learn by volunteering with these groups, learning about social justice as it relates to the environment, and in some cases, by pushing for community reinvestment in local renewable projects. Not only does this sort of collaboration support essential transition work, but also connects students with work that has longevity and is grounded in long- term community-building.

Mentorship and Training: Preparing Students for the Long Haul

The convergence provides the infrastructure for peer-to-peer mentorship within the divestment campaign. Students can learn from each other’s stories and skills in building power on campus, working with university administrations, collaborating with local grassroots organizations, and escalating to win on divestment. Not only will this lead to a longer-lasting divestment campaign, but it will also train leaders who will continue to organize after graduating.


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continue to organize after graduating. www.studentsdivest.org • fb.com/divestfossilfuels • twitter.com/studentsdivest
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Importance of Student Power:

We are grateful for the institutional and organizational support from NGO’s and prominent activists, but affirm that the Fossil Fuel Divestment Convergence is a space created for students by students.

We must build student power in ways that strengthen a national coalition of organizations capable of continuing struggles for social justice beyond divestment victory. We aim to do this by developing organizational power and

leadership on campuses first and foremost.

Collective Liberation Framework:

As we build a mass movement to fight the oppression of the fossil fuel industry, we must also confront forms of oppression and hierarchy within our organizations. We must look at how we conduct meetings, organize events, and communicate with one another and ask the questions: Who is present? Who is absent? How are hierarchical and oppressive behaviors operating and how can we overcome them?

We must recognize that oppression operates simultaneously on personal, interpersonal, institutional, cultural, and systemic levels in ways that interlock and reinforce one another. Developing skills to confront oppression at every level makes our organizations powerful, resilient, and more affirming of diversity.

We must work together to create a space that is accessible to all interested students, including those who identity as differently-abled, working class, poor, gender non-conforming/variant, queer, and students of color.

We aim to make room for voices that have felt silenced or oppressed in other venues.

We aim to create structures of accountability for everyone attending FFDC. This means we must be accountable

for our words and actions. While embracing and engaging with many emotions and reactions including anger and sorrow we must aim to hold respect for each other and our shared work.

Environmental/Economic Justice Framework:

Environmental Justice challenges the ways in which the unequal distribution of resources and the ramifications of climate change disproportionately harm communities on the frontlines of extraction, burning, and climate change, especially low-income and communities of color.

We must recognize that divestment is only one “tool in the toolbox” and that it is a form of solidarity organizing a way to act in alliance with frontline organizations. We must to strive to be active allies by building relationships with frontline communities, amplifying their stories, and joining them in their struggles.

We must recognize the ways different social movements intersect. Instead of seeing different issues in

competition, we should look for opportunities for synergy and solidarity.

We should recognize and work with the many other movements that are also wielding the power of our universities to act in solidarity with communities outside of our institutions.

We understand reinvestment as a mechanism for driving positive change and as a principle of the divestment movement that promotes the advancement of a socially-just sustainable energy economy. We see it as a crucial follow-up to divestment that can provide schools, cities, and other institutions with a mechanism to combat localized problems. Through reinvestment, institutions can work to alleviate issues specific to their surrounding communities and to those most immediately affected by the fossil fuel industry.

Personal Growth/Empowerment and National Movement-Building:

This student convergence should be empowering on an individual level. Our collective strength is built upon the

energy, skills, and wellbeing of our organizers. Each participant is encouraged to speak up, share from their

experience, and take the full opportunity to grow as an organizer in ways that are creative, energizing, and fun. Additionally, we hope that student participants will take their time at the convergence to think critically about the growing national divestment movement and the ways in which we can support and encourage each other when we return home.




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Church Locations:

Lakeside Presbyterian Church 201 Eucalyptus Dr, San Francisco Contact person: Anna Vinogradova (408)-888-6506 Temple
Lakeside Presbyterian Church
201 Eucalyptus Dr, San Francisco
Contact person:
Anna Vinogradova
Temple Baptist Church
3355 19th Ave, San Francisco
Contact person:
Katie Hoogman
SFSU Campus:

For any general questions regarding housing, contact Jason Schwartz: (415)-933-4664.

All buildings have ramps and are handicapped-accessible. Please reach out to any of the Convergence organizers with questions about accessibility (contact information can be found on page 3).




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3:00 PM

5:30 PM 6:30 PM

6:45 PM 7:30 PM


8:00 PM 9:30 PM

10:00 PM 11:00 PM


7:00 AM 7:50 AM

8:30 AM 10:00 AM

Registration Opens

Temple Baptist Chruch, 3355 19th Ave.

Opening Session



On your own tonight

Welcoming Plenary

Featuring Melvin Willis, Tim DeChristopher, and SFSU students


Open Time/Autonomous Space




Welcome Session


BLOCK 1: Environmental Justice and Solidarity Organizing

Workshop descriptions and locations begin on page 10.

10:30 AM 11:40 AM

Session 1

11:45 AM 12:55 PM

Session 2

1:00 PM 2:00 PM



BLOCK 2: Building Our Organizing Strength

Workshop descriptions and locations begin on page 12.

2:15 PM 3:25 PM

Session 1

3:30 PM 4:40 PM

Session 2




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BLOCK 3: Narrative Power Training

4:55 PM 6:55 PM

All-Convergence Training

With the Center for Story-Based Strategy. Description on pg. 14.


7:00 PM 7:50 PM

8:00 PM 9:30 PM

10:00 PM 11:00 PM


8:15 AM 9:00 AM



Reinvestment and Resiliency:

Working Towards a Just Transition

Wahleah Johns, Black Mesa Water Coalition Gopal Dayaneni, Movement Generation Nile Malloy, Communities for a Better Environment


Open Time/Autonomous Space



BLOCK 4: Next Steps for the Divestment Movement

All sections of Block 4 will take place in the Annex

7:00 AM 7:50 AM

Opening Space

8:45 AM 10:15 AM

Affinity Group Break-Outs

We will be dividing into 8 campaign affinity groups to network and strategize. Details and AG descriptions on page 14.

10:30 AM 12:30 PM

Next Steps: Spring, Summer, and Fall 2014

With the Divestment Student Network and others!

12:30 PM 1:00 PM


1:00 PM 2:00 PM


2:00 PM 6:00 PM



Toxic Tours, Door-Knocking, and Bonding!

See page 15 for details.

Meet in Annex



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BLOCK 1: Environmental Justice and Solidarity Organizing

This block will feature a selection of workshops and panels. Workshops will run twice, during session 1 and session 2. Panels will be offered either in session 1 or session 2.

Climate and Economic Justice through the Lens of Coal

Wahleah Johns (Black Mesa Water Coalition), Paul Corbit Brown (Keeper of the Mountains), and Freddy Lozano (Colombian National Union of Workers in the Coal Industry) In this panel, three

speakers from extraction communities will be sharing their experiences and understandings of the intersections between climate and economic justice. With a specific focus on the coal industry, panelists will share both their on-the-ground experience and their hopes for future strength and resistance to the injustice in their communities.

Session 1 | HUM 115

Grassroots Organizing Against Dirty Energy in the Bay Area

Melvin Willis (Richmond, CA), Lyana Monterrey

(Pittsburg Defense Committee), and Tracy Zhu (Ditching Dirty Diesel Collaborative) Historically, the

San Francisco Bay Area has had a complex relationship with dirty energy companies from refineries to export terminals, to serious diesel emissions from the trucking industry, much of the Bay Area has been defined by these corporations for decades. But this has been matched by powerful community organizing that has prevented some of the worst facilities from being built and created important standards for the rest of the country. Join us in this panel to hear from Bay Area community organizers against resisting dirty energy in the Bay Area.

Session 1 | HUM 109

Divestment as a Solidarity Tactic

Nesbit Crutchfield, Saliem Shehadeh (UC Davis, Students for Justice in Palestine), Rachel Feldman (UC Davis, Jewish Voices for Peace), Jake Soiffer (Fossil Free UC), and Marcel Jones

(UC Prison Divestment) Across various campaigns, divestment is used as a tactic to stand in solidarity with those on the front lines of injustice. It leverages resources that

incorporate an institutional advantage into the struggle for justice--an advantage to which those on the front lines don't always have access. Hear how, through on- and off-campus campaigns, divestment organizers against fossil fuels, the prison-industrial complex, the occupation of Palestine, and South African apartheid have stood in solidarity with those who are directly affected by each issue, and how they've developed an intersectional analysis to stand in solidarity with each other to facilitate a move away from broader cultural and economic paradigms of exploitation and exclusion.

Session 1 | HUM 108

Building an Anti-Fracking Movement in California

Jennifer Krill (Earthworks), Linda Capato (350.org), and Wes Adrianson (Students Against

Fracking)This panel will focus on the intersection of environmental justice and ongoing grassroots organizing to resist the proliferation of hydraulic fracturing. Featuring local students, community organizers and national grassroots campaigners, the panel will explore the social and economic impacts of fracking in key regions, and how the struggles communities are currently facing relate to the growing youth movement for fossil fuel divestment. Panelists will reflect on the areas in which the fossil fuel divestment campaign can work in coalition with communities disproportionately impacted by the natural gas industry and on the growing Americans Against Fracking Coalition.

Session 2 | HUM 108

Economic Resiliency in the Coalfields and Shalefields

Deirdre Lally (Shalefield Organizing Committee), Paul Corbit Brown (Keeper of the Mountains),

Christine Muehlman Gyovai (UVA Institute for

Environmental Negotiation) A movement that only

names what it's against isn't going to win, either on the divest- ment front or on the frontlines of extraction. Just as important as knowing what we’re against is knowing what we’re for. If we’re working to dismantle the fossil fuel economy, what can




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we construct in its place? This panel will feature community organizers from the frontlines of fracking and mountaintop removal who are tackling these very questions. We will hear from them about their visions for a future that isn't dependent on the extraction economy, and how they're working to realize those visions in their communities.

Session 2 | HUM 115

International Fossil Fuel Divestment

Theo LeQuesne (UK), Flick Monk (UK), Olivia Linander (Sweden), Charlie Woods (Australia), and Stephen Thomas (Canada) Fossil Free is now

an international campaign that has reinvigorated the global climate justice movement. In this panel, we will hear from international divestment organizers from three continents about their successes, struggles, and experiences organizing in their home countries and on an international level.

Session 2 | HUM 109

Working Towards Transnational Climate Solidarity

Barnali Ghosh and Anirvan Chatterjee Bay area

area activists Barnali Ghosh and Anirvan Chatterjee spent a year traveling around the world aviation-free to interview climate activists in a dozen countries so they could share their stories back home. Learn about their experiment in staying grounded, critical lessons from climate justice movements from Bangladesh to the UK, and the #1 message that many global activists have for their allies in the US.

Both sessions | HUM 113

What the Climate Movement Can Learn from Queer and Trans* Organizing

Lauren Wood (Peaceful Uprising) We recognize

the climate crisis affects us all and is perpetuated by long- standing colonizing forces that inform many of the ways we move through the world. Because of this crisis, our society is having to ask itself some of the hardest questions in how we treat one another and move towards a more just future in the face of climate chaos. It is no surprise that the most lucid voices in this growing climate justice movement are those of the most impacted and marginalized communities that are pushing the hardest for substantive change. To truly win, we must take leadership from the communities who have already been fighting these same oppressive forces for generations. This workshop will take a critical look at how the very nature of queer bodies in this world gives the LGBTQ community a

crucial perspective on how to create bold new ways of interacting in this world without a road-map to follow. Come join this conversation about systemic oppression, decolonizing our gendered minds and the invaluable work of subverting patriarchy in our fight for a livable future.

Both sessions | HUM 126

Building Local Labor Support for Your Divestment Campaign

Brooke Anderson (Movement Generation, 350.org)

Do you want to approach local labor unions to support your divestment campaign, but either don't know where to start or have already hit obstacles? This multi-media, interactive workshop and discussion will address the challenges and best practices for building alliances with unions to advance fossil fuel divestment campaigns, including: understanding labor's self-interests, structure and local political landscape; identify- ing which unions to approach and through which elected officers and staff; building a strong relationship based on mutual solidarity; making the ask; and navigating political obstacles. We'll look at a few case studies of successful labor- climate alliances, dissect specific challenges you're facing in your campaign, and send you home with useful tools and resources.

Both sessions | HUM 111

Climate Justice: Decolonizing Lands, Minds, and Institutions

Henia Belalia (Peaceful Uprising) To tackle the

root (read: radical) causes of the climate crisis, we must first acknowledge that environmental degradation exacerbates existing economic, racial and social injustices an intercon- nectedness that should define our analysis and actions. To truly win, land and justice defenders must recognize over- lapping systems of oppression within this capitalist structure and take strategic cues from the communities most impacted by colonization, militarism and poverty. That means building movements across issues and beyond divides based on race, class and gender, while elevating the voices that have been historically marginalized: indigenous peoples, communities of color, women, LGBTQ people, and the low-income population. To do so will take a profound decolonization of minds and professional institutions. This workshop will root its analysis and conversations on intersectionality, practices of solidarity, and centering voices within the climate justice movement that have been historically silenced and marginalized. Come participate, share and co-create this dialogue.

Both sessions | HUM 121




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BLOCK 2: Building Our Organizing Strength

Strengthening Administrator Engagement

John Avalos (SF Board of Supervisors), Robert Nava (SFSU Foundation), John Gurnas (SFSU Foundation), and Phil King (SFSU Foundation)

Who on your university has the power to actually commit to divesting? For SFSU, that is the University Foundation. This panel will feature three members of the Foundation who supported the vote for pursuing divestment. The panel will also feature San Francisco District Supervisor John Avalos, who sponsored the movement for divestment of San Francisco City and spoke at Fossil Free SFSU’s Day of Action at SF City Hall in 2013. Learn how to rally the support of your own university and city administration to leverage your endowment!

Offered session 1 ONLY | HUM 217

Strengthening Faculty Engagement

Cynthia Kaufman (De Anza Community College),

Glenn Fieldman (SFSU), and Carlos Davidson

(SFSU) Organizing the support of faculty was instrumental in Fossil Free SFSU’s campaign. This panel will feature faculty from SFSU and from De Anza Community College, the first community college to commit to divest. Come learn how to rally the support of your university faculty!

Offered session 2 ONLY | HUM 217

Reinvestment and Community Organizing

Lauren Ressler (Responsible Endowments Coalition) and Amelia Timbers (As You Sow)

What kind of world do we envision for the future? In this work- shop we are going to build tools and knowledge for incorpor- ating a demand for reinvestment into a divestment campaign. Reinvestment means investing in our communities and in businesses committed to creating just and equitable solutions in areas like energy, manufacturing, and technology. We are going to be talking about both highly-scalable existing financial mechanisms and community-led investment.

HUM 121

Alumni Organizing

Emily Williams (California Student Sustainability

Coalition) Alumni of your university can be your greatest allies. They are the ones who donate to the endowment, so they are the ones who hold the financial keys. They also have

experience with the university and sometimes may know your administrators. This workshop, featuring students and alumni from both the University of California and Swarthmore College, will focus on how to identify ally alumni organizers, how to work with them, and what strategies to employ to reach your goals of divestment on campus. Ready, set, grow!

HUM 207

Weaving the Fabric of the Next Economy Now

Gopal Dayaneni (Movement Generation) To avoid

the real risks of ecological erosion and to return to right relationship with each other and home, we must invest in the next economy now to ensure that it serves the interest of our communities. Thankfully, as the dominant economy under- mines the very basis of life and it’s own existence, social movements are creating a just transition away from this dead- end proposition and towards economies based on the restoration of land, labor and life. As we oppose and expose the forces that are driving climate change, we must also lead with vision and invest in what we know we need: an economy which is decentralized, democratized, and diversified, one in which resource consumption is reduced and wealth is redistri- buted. Join this workshop to learn about the framework for just transition developed by the Climate Justice Alliance and the Our Power Campaign, with a particular emphasis aligning key strategies, including divest/invest.

HUM 108

Social Media for the Grassroots

Alysse Heartwell (350.org) Using online platforms to

tell your campaign's story, get the word out, and grow your impact. We'll talk about how to think about social media, the basic mechanics of Facebook and Twitter, tactics and best practices for each platform, how to make a good meme, why not to over-think your hashtags, and more. There will be time for questions and discussion, so be ready to workshop your campaign's challenges & share your successes!

HUM 126

Strategy for Creative Campus Escalation

Todd Zimmer (Rainforest Action Coalition)

Is your campus campaign hitting a wall? It might be time to escalate! As campaigners, we must continually increase the pressure until our demands are met, but knowing when and




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how to escalate can be difficult and scary. Come for an inter- active discussion of when, how, and why to escalate campus campaigns. We’ll talk about the potential risks and benefits of turning up the heat on campus, examine case studies, and idea-storm tactics and strategies for escalation on campus.

HUM 115

Building a Strong Team

Hannah Jones (REC, Maypop Collective) and Jonny Behrens (University of Chicago) For our

campaigns to have longevity and our movement to grow, we have to build strong organizing teams. This means creating groups whose members are committed to deepening each others’ skills, supporting each other through hard times, training new leaders, and seeing campaigns through to a win. This interactive workshop will help you learn how to build an organizing team with lasting power, that can be resilient through the inevitable pitfalls and challenges of running a divestment campaign, and that can continue to support each other in the movement even after graduation,

HUM 212

Facilitation for Strategy Retreats

Jenny Marineau (350.org) and Alli Welton

(Harvard University) Great organizing starts with great strategizing. In our commitment to rise to the scale of the climate crisis, occasionally we need to pause to make sure our work is moving us closer to our goals, and perhaps to determine whether our goals are true to what needs to be done. Strategy retreats are one way to take these questions head-on. This workshop will give you tools for participatory decision-making to break up and organize long meetings, and encouragement to deeply consider your vision before digging into strategy.

HUM 109

Making Our Voices Heard: Using the Media

as a Megaphone

Whit Jones (Energy Action Coalition) A critical

part of any campaign is getting into the media so that more people can learn about your campaign and your target can feel the heat in the public eye. In this participatory workshop, we'll run through the fundamentals of getting media, share best practices from divestment campaigns across the country, and actually get to work prepping media materials for our campaigns and the convergence!

HUM 127

Creative Recruitment

Erin Smith (University of Denver) and YJ Cho

(350.org) If we aren't recruiting, then we're shrinking. That means outreach should always be a priority, which is awesome because recruitment can be one of the most fun aspect of running your campaign. We'll discuss reasons students get involved and think through some creative ways we can share our story, build power, and be the most badass group on campus. Ready, set, grow!

HUM 202

Negotiating with Power

Jess Grady-Benson (Pitzer College) and Jay

Carmona (350.org) Come learn how to make the most of meetings with decision-makers by collecting information, demonstrating power, and winning victories. We’ll brainstorm how to refute common arguments from decision-makers to stay afloat in negotiation. We’ll also practice prepping for meetings and strategizing within larger campaign goals. Join us to collectively share knowledge about sticky situations in negotiation, and what works and what doesn't.

HUM 111

Practices for Building Strong Coalitions

Patty O’Keefe (350 MN) and Maria Langholz

(Macalester College) To address climate change at the appropriate, scale we need to develop relationships with others to present a stronger, more unified voice. For this reason, building coalitions is a central part of our work as campus organizers. But how do we build coalitions that are not transactional, but relational? How do we go about developing those relationships? These are the kinds of questions we'll explore in this session. We'll also think through pros and cons of coalition work, as well as discussing types and principles of coalition building. Please come ready to share experiences and best practices!.

HUM 111

Self-Care and Staying Grounded

Joshua Gorman and Mary Shindler (Generation

Waking Up) How does your group work to cultivate a group culture of self-care? We will discuss methods for staying grounded in the face of ecological crisis, preventing burnout, fostering a supportive group culture, and supporting organizers for the long haul.

HUM 113




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BLOCK 3: Narrative Power Analysis Training

In this block, we will come together for an all-convergence training from the Center for Story-Based Strategy.

Winning the “Battle of the Story” for Climate Justice, with Christine Cordero

The power of stories shapes our understanding of the world around us but when it comes to climate, all too often these stories come from politicians and industry and ignore negative impacts to communities, environmental destruction, and threat to future generations. Understanding how to win the "Battle of the Story" for public opinion is critical to all of our efforts as organizers, advocates and communicators to make positive change. The Center for Story-Based Strategy (www.storybasedstrategy.org) will cover the fundamentals of communications strategy: framing and narrative power analysis, with an eye to breaking down and challenging the dominant assumptions about the student divestment fight.

BLOCK 4: Next Steps for the Divestment Movement

For part of this block, we will be dividing into affinity groups to network and strategize, with the goal of laying foundations for long -lasting networked relationships between campaigns and organizers. To make sure these breakouts are truly spaces for cross-campus strategizing, we encourage school groups to split up and attend different sessions and to start thinking early in the weekend about which affinity group conversation fits best for you and/or the your campaign.

Affinity Groups and Facilitators:

New Campaigns

For campaigns that are just getting started to talk about jumping into this dynamic movement.

YJ Cho (350.org), University of Denver students

National Escalation Strategy Team (NEST)

NEST schools have received No’s – but are responding with #rejectiondenied. If you’re in this position, come

plug into the NEST coalition!

Jenny Marineau (350.org), Whitman College students, and others!

State Network Schools

Strategy for state schools with comingled endowments.

Fossil Free UC, Fossil Free CSU, and friends

Community Colleges

Strategy, tactics, and networking for community college campaigns, led by students from the first community college to commit to divestment.

Katie Hoffman (CSSC) and De Anza College students

Pushing Towards a Yes

Think you might be close to a win, but your admins need another push? Stuck in committees and don’t know how to move forward? Come talk strategy for escalation or moving your campaign to the next stage.

Lauren Ressler (REC), Jess Grady-Benson (Pitzer College), and Jasmine Ruddy (UNC-Chapel Hill)

Reinvestment Campaigns

Students working on reinvestment-focused campaigns will talk visioning, strategies, and how pushing for reinvestment looks different than for divestment.

Sally Bunner (Earlham REInvestment) Ophir Bruck (U.C. Berkeley, CSSC), and Kara Colovich (University of Montana)

Recent and Soon-To-Be Alumni

For alums and students who are about to graduate, to discuss the role of alums in supporting the movement and on ways to stay plugged into climate justice work in the post-college world.

Maypop Collective for Climate and Economic Justice




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We know that the Divestment movement is more than about endowments: it’s about shifting

resources away from exploitative industries towards a just and life-sustaining economy. Richmond, California is right in the backyard of this year’s Power Up Convergence, and is a community that has been on the front lines of the climate justice and environmental justice movement for decades. Home to toxic refineries, coal export terminals, crude-by-rail facilities, and other heavy industries, Richmond boasts some of the region’s worst asthma and cancer rates.

But Richmond also has a rich and powerful history of resistance. Led by organizations such as the

Richmond Progressive Alliance and Communities for a Better Environment, Richmond’s progressive movement has kept corporate power at bay despite overwhelming odds. Richmond is pioneering progressive measures to fight foreclosures, raise minimum wage, protect workers, and hold polluters accountable for their public health and safety violations.

Today, Richmond is once again under assault by Chevron, a company that is polluting Richmond’s air through toxic refinery emissions and polluting Richmond’s democracy by pouring millions of dollars into political races and community propaganda. In August 2012, the Chevron Richmond refinery exploded, sending 15,000 people to the hospital. Now, less than two years later, Chevron is attempting to ‘modernize’ its refinery to process heavier, dirtier, more corrosive and toxic crude from Canada’s tar sands. The community is being bombarded by Chevron propaganda, and its time for the people to spread the truth.

That’s where we come in.

On Sunday, April 6th, join ForestEthics, Communities for a Better Environment, and the California Student Sustainability Coalition for a day of action for environmental justice in Richmond. We’ll visit the Richmond Progressive Alliance office in downtown Richmond to learn about what’s happening in the community and get trained up as canvassers. Then, we’ll hit the streets and spread the word to the Richmond community about upcoming opportunities to fight back against Chevron’s expansion plans. Finally, we’ll meet outside the Chevron Richmond Refinery for a brief wrap-up rally and celebration. A bus will leave SFSU at 1pm and return to SFSU at 6pm.

What: Community Canvass and Toxics Tour in Richmond, CA When: Sunday, April 6th, 1:00 PM 6:00 PM Depart: Leave SFSU at 1:00 PM, meet in the Annex Return: We’ll be back at SFSU by 6:00 PM

This day of action is for everyone!

Students and community members not attending the Divestment Convergence are encouraged to attend, and can meet us directly at the Bobby Bowens Center in Richmond (1021 MacDonald Ave) at 1:45pm.

Questions? Contact Ashlyn Ruga at (801) 232-8759 or ashlynruga@mac.com.




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The Storytellers Team is a team of social media storytellers who will help spotlight the people and

conversations that are building and evolving the divestment movement. We will be tweeting, taking photos and video, instagramming, blogging, and meme-making to help tell the story of our movement during the Convergence. We’ll be getting together every day of the weekend to hang out and tell these amazing stories. Joining this team is a great way to meet fellow divestment activists. No skills needed, just passion! If you're interested, come drop by our room or contact Mary Schellentrager at (440) 478-0728 or mschellentrager@gmail.com.

The Storyteller/Media room will be:

Friday , 2:00 PM 10:00 PM

Saturday, 8:00 AM 8:00 PM HUM 118

HSS 259

Best Practices for Media-Making at the Convergence

Get consent. Before recording video/audio or taking photos of others, ask for their permission. Tell them why you are filming/photographing and what you hope to do with the content afterward. If you are documenting a group space or training, make an announcement - check in with a trainer or facilitator of the space about filming/photographing. Everyone has the right to ask not to be filmed or photographed and it’s our job as media- makers to respect that.

Ask who is being represented. Our media will feature a host of characters spokespeople, storytellers, visionaries, ambassadors, and many others. Sometimes, our media doesn’t fairly represent the diversity within our movement - gender, race, and class privileges (among many others) influence who is likely to appear in front of a camera or be interviewed for an article. We also bring diverse analyses and understandings of fossil fuel divestment to the convergence. It can be helpful to ask yourself: who is being portrayed in my video/photos? Are there voices or perspectives being left out? Have I only interviewed white men for my documentary (for example)?

Amplify frontline stories. Frontline activists are those whose communities are most immediately impacted by the fossil fuel industry. As a divestment movement, we must become active allies to those already affected by fossil fuel extraction and burning. Only by organizing across our different positions within the fossil fuel economy can we build a powerful social movement for climate justice. Frontline activists have been telling their powerful stories for decades - as a media-maker, one way to show solidarity is to build relationships with frontline activists and amplify their stories of struggle.

Social Media

The official hashtag we’ll be using for the Convergence is #FFDC2014. Below is a list of other hashtags that are frequently used and could be applicable. Also feel free to tweet @ the following handles:

applicable. Also feel free to tweet @ the following handles: #fossilfree @studentsdivest @ gofossilfree @energyaction
applicable. Also feel free to tweet @ the following handles: #fossilfree @studentsdivest @ gofossilfree @energyaction
applicable. Also feel free to tweet @ the following handles: #fossilfree @studentsdivest @ gofossilfree @energyaction
applicable. Also feel free to tweet @ the following handles: #fossilfree @studentsdivest @ gofossilfree @energyaction


@studentsdivest @gofossilfree @energyaction @endowmentethics @earthisland











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Coordinated by the Mentorship working group of the Divestment Student Network (DSN).

These are two things we know: (1) Divestment is hard, and (2) It's easier when we work together. That's why a core

function of the Divestment Student Network is connecting students to each other. The Mentorship Track is a training

program for 25-35 divestment students who want to become peer mentors to their fellow activists. Participants will meet for 7 hours during the convergence to learn and practice essential peer mentorship skills. These sessions will overlap with some convergence programming, but we've made sure not to conflict with plenaries or strategy blocks.

The Mentorship Track is open to all Convergence attendees willing to commit to the full 7 hours of training. If you’d like to be a part of it, just come to the first session!

After the convergence, participants in the mentorship track will become official peer mentors with the Divestment Student Network. DSN peer mentors will intentionally build relationships with other students in their region, and be a resource to help those students with tricky campaign questions.

Part 1: Introduction and Orientation

What is mentorship? Why is it important for our movement?

Time: Friday, 9:45 PM 10:45 PM Location: Meet on top of the Student Health Center

Part 2: Nuts and Bolts of Mentorship

How do we become good mentors? Facilitators Belinda Rodriguez, Kate Aronoff, and Caitlin Piserchia will lead an in-depth training, honing key skills of mentor and practicing those skills in 1-on-1s. Following the training, peer mentors will have an active listening assignment to fulfil during the day.

Time: Saturday, 11:45 AM 3:25 PM

Location: HUM 114

Part 3: Mentoring in Practice: Lessons Learned

After practicing some of the skills taught in Part 2, student mentors come back together to debrief, address questions, and solidify lessons learned.

Time: Saturday, 9:45 PM 11:00PM Location: Meet on top of the Student Health Center

Part 4: Next Steps and Celebration!

After skill-building and practice, we’ll be ready to spread across the country and form a strong network of student-led mentorship. But how do we maintain that network and stay accountable? This is a place to discuss next steps and to celebrate our commitment to strong student leadership!

Time: Sunday, 2:00 PM 3:00 PM

Location: HUM 109




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The Fossil Fuel Divestment Student Network brings together student divestment organizers from across the country to build a powerful movement for climate justice. The Network is both a place to build connections and share knowledge among campaigns, and a structure for collaboration on shared projects and strategies. When we work together, our movement becomes more than the sum of its parts. When we're in touch with each other, we build a more skilled and strategic movement over time. When we share vision and take action together, we embolden our power.

At the Convergence, we're working to Dig Deep, Link Up, and Take Action in our campaigns and as a movement, uniting around the divestment tactic across campuses and across regions. But this work doesn't stop at the Convergence! The Network aims to facilitate ongoing work of growing our movement, building off the relationships, projects, and visions developed at the Convergence.

The Network is organized into three main parts. The DSN Assembly is a biweekly conference call discussion and

strategy session where campus representatives meet to share information and analysis and workshop ongoing projects and actions. Working Groups grow out of the Assembly and take on projects of the network like producing a national publication, planning direct actions, and developing toolkits. The Vision Council is a facilitating body that helps coordinate and bring together moving pieces of the network.

Open Call for Participation!

The Divestment Student Network is recent alumni- and student-led, with an understanding that student voice and leadership is central to building a powerful divestment movement. The Network becomes more powerful as more campaigns participate! If your campus isn't yet plugged in to the Network, find out how at www.studentsdivest.org.

in to the Network, find out how at www.studentsdivest.org. Building Beyond the Convergence: Upcoming Assembly Calls

Building Beyond the Convergence: Upcoming Assembly Calls

Join the next Assembly Calls to take action on ideas and projects generated at the convergence. Call in yourself, or find someone in your campaign to rep your campus. These are exciting spaces to continue the movement building work we're doing at the convergence. Call-in information will be posted to www.studentsdivest.org. The times and dates for the next calls are:

Tuesday, April 15, 6:00-7:30PM PST / 9:00-10:30PM EST Tuesday, April 29, 6:00-7:30PM PST / 9:00-10:30PM EST

Questions? Contact at diveststudentnetwork@gmail.com.





SPECIAL THANKS TO… …our wonderful fiscal sponsor! New Economy Coalition The SF State Environmental Studies Department

…our wonderful fiscal sponsor!

SPECIAL THANKS TO… …our wonderful fiscal sponsor! New Economy Coalition The SF State Environmental Studies Department
SPECIAL THANKS TO… …our wonderful fiscal sponsor! New Economy Coalition The SF State Environmental Studies Department
SPECIAL THANKS TO… …our wonderful fiscal sponsor! New Economy Coalition The SF State Environmental Studies Department
SPECIAL THANKS TO… …our wonderful fiscal sponsor! New Economy Coalition The SF State Environmental Studies Department
SPECIAL THANKS TO… …our wonderful fiscal sponsor! New Economy Coalition The SF State Environmental Studies Department
SPECIAL THANKS TO… …our wonderful fiscal sponsor! New Economy Coalition The SF State Environmental Studies Department
SPECIAL THANKS TO… …our wonderful fiscal sponsor! New Economy Coalition The SF State Environmental Studies Department

New Economy Coalition

The SF State Environmental Studies Department

Coalition The SF State Environmental Studies Department …and to all the supporters of our Indiegogo campaign.

…and to all the supporters of our Indiegogo campaign.

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