It's time for TIAA to divest from climate catastrophe
TIAA-Divest!’s National Month of Action: April 2022
On April 1st, a large crowd of peaceful demonstrators participated in a multi-phased action at TIAA Headquarters in Manhattan. Evading TIAA security guards, nine activists wearing “TIAA Divest from Climate Chaos” and “Stop Land Grabs” t-shirts occupied TIAA’s lobby and delivered our petition, with 21,739 signatures, addressed to TIAA CEO Thasunda Brown Duckett. The petition calls on the retirement giant to halt new investments in fossil fuels; fully divest from fossil fuels by 2025; and immediately stop TIAA’s acquisition of farm and timberland around the world, which is contributing to land grabs, deforestation, and environmental destruction, a major driver of the worsening climate crisis. In addition, Outside the building, educators forcefully demanded that TIAA stop using their retirement savings to finance the climate crisis. Across the country, TIAA participants organized local actions, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, faculty delivered a sarcastic “Thank You” cake to TIAA board of Governors member and UW chancellor Rebecca Blank.
Other April TIAA-Divest actions included:
SUNY New Paltz in New Paltz, NY
The Claremont Colleges in Claremont, California
Cornell University in Ithaca, NY
University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison Wisconsin
University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA
TIAA-Divest! Activists picketed in front of TIAA’s New York City office on April 17th, 2021, and then staged a rally outside the gates of Columbia University.