Anchorage Rep Calls on State
To Stop Investing In Genocide
March 02, 2008
Rep. Les Gara (D-Anchorage) on Thursday called on the state to
stop investing in foreign companies that are complicit in the
genocide currently occurring in Darfur. Since 2003 the
Sudanese government and paramilitary groups have killed over
200,000 of their own citizens, and jeopardized the lives of 2
million others through displacement.
Gara sent a letter to leadership at the Alaska State Permanent
Fund Dividend Division, urging the division to halt investment
in companies that support the Sudanese government. While a 2007
federal law bans U.S. companies from investments that benefit
the Sudanese Government, the Permanent Fund has, to date, continues
investing in foreign companies identified by the international
community as complicit in the Darfur genocide.
"Alaskans aren't interested in having their money stained
with blood from genocide," Gara said.
Permanent Fund Chairman Mike Burns has to date refused to stop
investing in these companies, and has testified that the Permanent
Fund intends to continue to make these investments unless blocked
by the Legislature or Governor.
Gara is a co-prime sponsor on HB 287, which would establish statute
to prevent these Permanent Fund investments. He said he is joined
by dozens of Alaskan students and other citizens in this effort.
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