2014 General Assembly Divestment List

The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) urges divestment and/or proscription of some corporations due to their involvement in military-related production, tobacco, or human rights violations. Read a comprehensive list of corporations or securities affected by those General Assembly policies.

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  1. To the Office of the General Assembly: There is scant more to be said following the comments of Thomas E. Wolfsohn. To reemphasize, there is a gross and misguided imbalance reflected in the PCUSA decision to single out and divest from three American companies purportedly supporting Israeli actions in the West Bank (often incorrectly referred to as "occupied" territory rather than "disputed" territory... see the basic Armistice Agreement of 1949). Unfortunately, the world is rife with systematic atrocities which are infinitely (not a strong enough word) more repressive, brutal and damaging to human rights and peace than anything taking place under Israeli jurisdiction. The only conclusions that can be drawn, as distasteful as they may be, are that : 1) the PCUSA is truly ignorant of the situation underlying the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and/or that : 2) the divesment decision is driven by anti-Semitic sentiments, latent or otherwise, of which the members of the PCUSA themselves may not be aware.

    by Paul Blumberg

    July 4, 2014

  2. I could not have expessed my thoughts on the divestment of companies supporting Israel better than Mr. wolfsohn did. How can you disciminate against anyone trying to support or help Israel? Are you just blind to the forces and countries that are out to destroy our ally in that part of the world. lets not forget the cradle of Christianity in their time of need.

    by Richard Wilbanks

    July 2, 2014

  3. To The Office of the General Assembly: In your quest to invest only in companies engaging in peaceful pursuits, in addition to divesting from three companies doing business in the only democracy in the Middle East, the only Middle Eastern country in which Christians are not only not persecuted but are zealously protected, and the country whose Arab citizens are the best educated and enjoy greater civil rights than any others in the Middle East; has the Presbyterian Church (USA) also actually divested from companies with economic ties to the truly repressive regimes in, say, any of the following countries? Belarus, Chad, China, Cuba, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Iran, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Ossetia, Sudan, Syria, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Zimbabwe. And has the PCUSA also reviewed the miserable human rights records of the Palestinian Authority and its partner Hamas? Or is the focus solely on that tiny country in the Levant which, coincidentally--just happens to be the only one in the world with a majority Jewish population? Thank you. Thomas E. Wolfsohn

    by Thomas E. Wolfsohn

    June 27, 2014