Brown students step up call for coal divestment

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Brown University students are trying to put pressure on the school's president and trustees to support divestment from coal companies.

Students are staging a mock vote on campus Friday in favor of divestment. They want Brown's governing board to vote to divest at its May meeting. An advisory committee on corporate responsibility has recommended that the university divest from the largest coal companies.

The students say that nearly 3,000 undergraduates and hundreds of alumni and faculty have signed a petition supporting divestment.

Eleven students at the Rhode Island School of Design staged a sit-in in the office of the school's president this week to call for divestment. It ended when they met with administrators and were offered the chance to present their arguments at this month's trustees meeting.

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