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Washington University students sit-in to end university ties with Peabody Coal, 2014

United States
Time period
9 April, 2014 to 2 May, 2014
Economic Justice
Total points
2.5 out of 10 points
Name of researcher, and date dd/mm/yyyy
Stephen O'Hanlon, 08/03/2015

The Washington University in St. Louis student campaign to cut the university's ties with Peabody Coal came after months of community organizing in St. Louis against Peabody Energy, one the largest corporations in the city. During the spring of 2014, Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE) organized around the “Take Back St. Louis” ballot initiative, which would prevent fossil fuel companies like Peabody from taking advantage of city tax incentives. MORE argued that the money should be used to support underfunded city programs and schools.