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Protest War Profiteers at MIT
February 4 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Lockheed, General Dynamics, General Atomics, and Lincoln Labs are among the war profiteers who make billions of dollars a year selling weapons of war that kill innocent civilians around the world, including weapons being used by Saudi Arabia in the U.S.-backed War on Yemen.
MIT has invited defense contractors who are profiting from the war in Yemen to a job fair, and MIT has also issued a preliminary report recommending that the university maintain its ties with the government of Saudi Arabia.
The defense contractors Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, and Lincoln Labs, among others, will be present at an MIT job fair today, February 4th. These contractors are selling arms to the governments of Saudi Arabia and the UAE, who are using them as part of the disastrous war in Yemen. The war in Yemen has drawn condemnation from international human rights groups and from U.N. agencies. Human Rights Watch has documented multiple airstrikes by the Saudi coalition which violated the rules of war, including the bombing of a school bus in August 2018 which killed forty-four children.
The war in Yemen has created conditions of famine and extreme food scarcity throughout the country. The United Nations World Food Programme stated that “Yemen is undeniably the world’s worst humanitarian crisis by far” and estimated that as many as 18 million people are at risk of famine. A study done by the World Peace Foundation at Tufts University concluded that these conditions were the direct result of the coalition’s strategy of targeting food and water infrastructure in the country.
MIT students and community members issued a series of demands to effectively end MIT’s support for the war in Yemen:
End MIT’s relationship with Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E.
Kick all the war profiteers off campus and stop investing in them
Issue a public apology from the President’s office to the Yemeni people for inviting MBS to campus
Provide full transparency of MIT’s financial relationships with all companies, governments, and other institutions.
In December, the U.S. Senate passed a bill invoking the War Powers act to limit U.S. participation in the war in Yemen, and similar bills are expected to be filed in the House and Senate soon.
Rep. Denise Provost of Somerville filed a bill two weeks ago in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, HD.1445, to divest state pension funds from companies that sell arms to the Saudi regime.
The Cambridge City Council adopted a resolution in April 2018 criticizing the Saudi regime and MIT’s and Harvard’s handling of their relationship with the tyranny.