by Katie MacDonald and Lauren Ressler
As climate activists, we know what its like to face powerful opposition. We are fighting the most powerful industry in the world, and with that comes an understanding that we have a long road ahead of us. Over the course of the semester, college students have been proving to themselves and this movement that they will stand firm against powerful interests on their campuses no matter what comes their way. Their resolve has sparked a truly historic groundswell of action, dedication, and fearlessness. As we head into a fearless summer, we thought we would share a unique story that inspires us to keep fighting.
Amherst College in Western Massachusetts is a campus with a story worth telling. This semester, a group of students leading the Amherst Coal Divestment campaign accomplished a herculean feat by overcoming a campus culture that is resistant to activism and orchestrating one of the largest demonstrations of electoral student support in years, all with a team of new student organizers. This is how it unfolded. (more…)