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When students launched the Barnard Columbia Solidarity Network last year, they sought to put into practice principles of solidarity between movements and work against forms of oppression using an intersectional framework. The guiding principle of this coalition was that all forms of oppression operate in interrelated ways and thus must be fought together. Although BCSN sought to foster solidarity among campus activists, its inclusion of Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace incurred virulent criticism as some argued that the pro-Palestinian groups created a hostile environment for students who support Israel....
In April of this year, Columbia Divest for Climate Justice staged a large protest calling for Columbia to divest from fossil fuels, culminating in an eight-day sit-in in Low Library. In its wake, dozens of student groups, from Columbia University Amnesty International to the Columbia Queer Alliance, released statements of support for CDCJ's action....