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Bay Area community college foundation says no to fossil-fuel companies

LOS ALTOS HILLS — A community college district in California has become the first in the nation to take a stand against the fossil-fuel industry, saying it will no longer invest in any of the 200 biggest companies in the field.

Behind the unanimous Wednesday night vote by the Foothill-De Anza Foundation was a student campaign that grew out of a political science class project. The organizers — backed by their colleges’ student senates — argued it was the right thing to do for a college district whose mission statement includes environmental stewardship.

“We said, ‘If that’s something that we value, let’s put that to action. Let’s put our money where our mouth is,'” said De Anza student Karla Navarro, one of the lead organizers. “Once they voted and it passed, it was a sigh of relief.”

A movement to weaken the political and economic power of fossil-fuel companies has swept college campuses in the last year. Students at more than 300 campuses — including Stanford and throughout the University of California system — have begun lobbying their boards to take action.

“I think this is one of the moral issues of our generation,” said Sophie Harrison, a Stanford student and organizer.
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