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Fossil fuel divestment sit-in ends with rally, Hennessy meeting

After a five day sit-in starting on Monday, student protesters concluded their occupation of the Main Quad Friday morning by holding a rally for full divestment from fossil fuels. Later in the day, students met with President Hennessy to discuss their cause.

The night before the rally organized by Fossil Free Stanford (FFS), the participants had received another warning from the University, this time with a more clear timeline for punishment as well as an extended threat to suspend investment requests currently in the process of being reviewed.

Life at the Fossil Free sit-in: a community comes together for divestment

At the site of the Fossil Free Stanford (FFS) sit-in outside the president and provost’s office, wakeup times are staggered as the sun rises. Some participants, in tents, sleep longer. Others, in sleeping bags under the Main Quad arcades, begin to wake earlier. Most begin to pull out laptops, starting their work for the day.

When most of the sit-in protesters are awake, Yari Greaney ’15 M.S.’16 gathers the group for their morning meeting. In a typical day, the participants meet all together twice — once in the morning and once in the evening. Sitting in a circle on the quad, they share announcements, discuss their emotions as the sit-in continues and conclude each meeting in song.

We are not going away

On Monday, 375 students and faculty members rallied in front of the Office of the President and the Provost. Since then, between 80 and 100 students have been sitting in, camped in tents surrounding the building. Three dozen faculty have expressed their support by holding classes and teach-ins alongside our camp, furthering the call of…