Massachusetts will divest from Sudan

Governor Deval Patrick has signed a bill which will divest Massachusetts’s pension funds from companies that do business with the government of Sudan. S2255 was sponsored by Rep. Jay Kaufman, Sen. Harriette Chandler, and Sen. Edward Augustus and targets only those companies which are considered the worst offenders of enabling the Sudanese government’s continuing genocide in Darfur. Hundreds of thousands have been killed, and millions displaced in the Darfur region. Massachusetts is the twenty-first state to divest from Sudan. Michigan’s legislature is still considering a similar bill. For more information, see CPA’s Divestment to Support Human Rights In Sudan policy brief and model legislation. [Boston Globe]