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Students Against Peabody Energy

Students Against Peabody Energy

At the request of professors and seniors, we spent the morning screen-printing patches for you all to adorn your robes with! Pin them to your robes or onto your caps.

Pick a few up for you and your friends today at Kayaks from 1-4. If that time frame doesn’t work for you, contact us, and we will try to work something out.

We want to celebrate with you while showing the university that their relationship with Peabody is still a HUGE concern. The administration is banking on this campaign graduating out; show the university and your peers as you walk across the stage that a whole new class of alumni will not let this issue slide.

Send pictures of you and your friends proudly wearing the patches to stopWUpeabody@gmail.com!

Out of town and want a patch? Order form here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1YBXQFJ4Kp7FpU9X2GROIB8Sdh2dnti2uQchIUt9P22Y/viewform?usp=send_form

"I am proud to stand with allies from Black Mesa and Rocky Branch against Peabody. Our campaign at WashU is not an isolated one; we stand together with communities all across the country to demand an end to Peabody’s violent and destructive practices. When we organize strategically as a united front, we all won." - Caroline Burney
This morning, Wash U Senior, Caroline Burney, was arrested with 10 others outside of the Peabody Shareholders Meeting, demanding that Peabody cease its destruction of communities like Rocky Branch, IL and Black Mesa, AZ and stop subverting democracy in St. Louis.

"I am proud to stand with allies from Black Mesa and Rocky Branch against Peabody. Our campaign at WashU is not an isolated one; we stand together with communities all across the country to demand an end to Peabody’s violent and destructive practices. When we organize strategically as a united front, we all won." - Caroline Burney

This morning, Wash U Senior, Caroline Burney, was arrested with 10 others outside of the Peabody Shareholders Meeting, demanding that Peabody cease its destruction of communities like Rocky Branch, IL and Black Mesa, AZ and stop subverting democracy in St. Louis.

THE PEOPLE, UNITED, WILL NEVER BE DEFEATED!”

11 people, including Student-Against-Peabody member Caroline Burney, were arrested today at Peabody’s annual shareholder meeting. Those arrested have been released. Resistance efforts from Black Mesa, Rocky Branch, and St. Louis were represented in the protest.

Today at Peabody’s annual shareholder meeting, Marshall Johnson, Black Mesa resident and Peabody shareholder, was denied the space to voice his concerns about Peabody’s exploitation of the Navajo Sandstone Aquifer. His response to the people protesting outside the meeting included a shout out to Students Against Peabody.

“I want to thank Washington University students and the spirit that started there – may that continue from school to school, from institution to institution. We can do this nobly. We can take this around the world. It is time that we continue, and it is time that we do this as a united group.” – Marshall Johnson, Black Mesa resident

Yesterday, Stanford stood up, shaking the foundations of the coal industry! Universities, now is the time to cut ties with fossil fuels, stand up, and step forward!

Yesterday, Stanford stood up, shaking the foundations of the coal industry! Universities, now is the time to cut ties with fossil fuels, stand up, and step forward!

"I want Greg Boyce off our board of trustees because I want Washington University to start considering how its profits and prestige are predicated on the extreme violence of Peabody’s corporate colonialism and the active displacement and disruption of rural communities and communities of color. This school needs to identify itself for the prestige industry it is and take steps to recognize its fundamentally unethical behavior in continually buttressing the Peabody corporation, defending their false "clean coal" rhetoric and disregarding the health, homes and livelihoods of the people they profit from. I stand with indigenous communities against neocolonialism, and with every community experiencing environmental and political injustice at the hands of Peabody corporation. I don’t want to be embarrassed by the violent apathy of my university to these very real struggles for survival. WashU has the opportunity now to be leaders in a project of justice within the academic industrial complex, and it is deeply troubling that they do not see this as imperative." - Georgia McCandlish

"I want Greg Boyce off our board of trustees because I want Washington University to start considering how its profits and prestige are predicated on the extreme violence of Peabody’s corporate colonialism and the active displacement and disruption of rural communities and communities of color. This school needs to identify itself for the prestige industry it is and take steps to recognize its fundamentally unethical behavior in continually buttressing the Peabody corporation, defending their false "clean coal" rhetoric and disregarding the health, homes and livelihoods of the people they profit from. I stand with indigenous communities against neocolonialism, and with every community experiencing environmental and political injustice at the hands of Peabody corporation. I don’t want to be embarrassed by the violent apathy of my university to these very real struggles for survival. WashU has the opportunity now to be leaders in a project of justice within the academic industrial complex, and it is deeply troubling that they do not see this as imperative." - Georgia McCandlish

Seven Students Arrested At Washington University in St. Louis As Fossil Fuel Protests Spread Across the Country

May 2, 2014

Media Contact: Caroline Burney, clburney@gmail.com, (815) 527-1265

Seven Students Arrested At Washington University in St. Louis As Fossil Fuel Protests Spread Across the Country

Students Call on Peabody Coal CEO Greg Boyce to Resign from the Board of Trustees

St. Louis—Seven students were arrested at Washington University in St. Louis this morning when they tried to enter a building where their Board of Trustees was holding its quarterly meeting. The students were calling on Peabody CEO Greg Boyce to resign from the university’s Board of Trustees.

A group of about 100 students rallied in front of the Knight Center, where the Board of Trustees meeting was being held, and then marched to the main doors of the building. Students were faced by a line of police, locked arms, and stated that they were not leaving until they were let into the building to speak with Greg Boyce about his role at the University and on the Board of Trustees. After about forty minutes of singing and chanting, seven students were arrested by St. Louis County Police  The arrests come just one day after Harvard student divestment activists blockaded their administration building, leading to one arrest.

“I am proud to be standing up to Peabody Coal today,“ said Julia Ho, one of the students who was arrested. “For too long, fossil fuel corporations have used their partnerships with universities to legitimize their destructive and unjust business practices. That must stop. Students across the country are fighting back against the fossil fuel industry and will keep fighting back until until fossil fuels are off of our campuses.”

Today’s arrests come after a 17 day occupation outside of Brookings Hall pressuring Washington University to end its relationship with Peabody Coal. Currently, Greg Boyce sits on the Board of Trustees, and, in 2009, Peabody donated $5 million to the University to start its Consortium for ‘Clean Coal’ Utilization.

The students cite numerous reasons why the University should ends its relationship with Peabody, including Peabody’s contribution to global carbon emissions, participation in ALEC (the American Legislative Exchange Council), marginalization and displacement of indigenous and rural communities in places including Black Mesa, Arizona and Rocky Branch, Illinois, and interference in democratic processes through their recent lawsuit against the local Take Back St. Louis ballot initiative.

“Today’s arrests are part of a larger fight against Peabody Coal in St. Louis, across the country, and around the world,” said Caroline Burney, one of the student member of Students Against Peabody. “We’re here for ourselves and for all of the other communities that Greg Boyce and Peabody Coal have destroyed, including including Rocky Branch, Illinois and Black Mesa, Arizona. Our fight will continue here in St. Louis at next week’s Peabody shareholder’s meeting and in Black Mesa at the end of May.”


The seven students are currently being held at the University while the school administrators and the police decide how to charge them. They are considering campus and criminal charges.

Pictures are attached. Video is available on request. Students are available for comment throughout the day.

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RECAP: This morning Students Against Peabody organized a rally to call on Greg Boyce to resign from the WU Board of Trustees. A hundred students and supporters gathered on Mudd Field and marched to the front of the Knight Center to deliver a resignation letter. After taking a collective step forward towards the entrance, the WU police arrested seven of the students in front (ten feet from the entrance) and threatened charges of “assaulting a police officer.”WashU Students Against Peabody stands by these seven students and calls on the administration to explain its action.Can you email Ida Early at Ida_early@wustl.edu, the secretary to the board, to voice your displeasure at the arrests and demand that the board respond? LIKE and SHARE if you believe universities are for STUDENTS NOT CORPORATIONS.

RECAP: This morning Students Against Peabody organized a rally to call on Greg Boyce to resign from the WU Board of Trustees. A hundred students and supporters gathered on Mudd Field and marched to the front of the Knight Center to deliver a resignation letter. After taking a collective step forward towards the entrance, the WU police arrested seven of the students in front (ten feet from the entrance) and threatened charges of “assaulting a police officer.”

WashU Students Against Peabody stands by these seven students and calls on the administration to explain its action.

Can you email Ida Early at Ida_early@wustl.edu, the secretary to the board, to voice your displeasure at the arrests and demand that the board respond? 

LIKE and SHARE if you believe universities are for STUDENTS NOT CORPORATIONS.

In the past week, Peabody lobbyist moved to silence 22,000 St. Louisianian’s voices by introducing amendments to two Missouri House laws. If passed, amendments would block the Take Back St. Louis Ballot Initiative and all future ballot initiatives that attempt to restrict the use of public financial incentives at a local level.