Teachers, Save the Planet and Your Pension!

On Thursday, July 11, the Divest CalSTRS campaign is gathering CalSTRS members at the Investment Committee meeting in Sacramento, to demand divestment of our pension from toxic fossil fuels. We would especially like to include active teachers (who are usually unable to come, during the school year). We hope you’ll be able to join us.

Plan to arrive by 3 pm on Thursday, July 11, to make public comment, at CalSTRS headquarters, 100 Waterfront Pl, West Sacramento, CA 95605-2807

At the last meeting of the CalSTRS Investment Committee, we teamed up with Earth GuardiansYouth Vs. Apocalypse, and Warriors 4 Justice. The youth brought incredible energy, making it impossible for the Board to ignore the urgency of the climate crisis. We were so powerful, they shut down their live feed! Many of the students pledged to keep coming back until the board votes to divest – so please, if you can, join us on July 11 and help us to spread the word. Share this event with your friends — and reach out in particular to teachers, school staff, and STRS retirees.

As the climate crisis worsens, more people are taking action to divest from fossil fuels – and this has the fossil fuel industry worried. We knew we’d gotten their attention when we spotted this discussion item at a recent fossil fuel industry conference:

“What more do we need to do on the PR front to combat the growing fossil fuel divestment movement?”

The fossil fuel industry is worried because the divestment movement has now gotten almost $9 Trillion divested from fossil fuels. Fossil Free California wants CalSTRS to be the next big fund to divest – so we have hired campaign staff, and joined forces with the youth #ClimateStrike movement (Earth Guardians, Youth vs. Apocalypse, Sunrise Movement, and Warriors 4 Justice). Together, we are taking the Divest CalSTRS campaign to a new level, and we hope you’ll join us.

Please join us in Sacramento, July 11. And please help us spread the word to the teachers you know, and encourage them to attend. The time for divestment is now.

Please let us know you’re coming and help us spread the word!


  1. Mark Hennessey on July 9, 2019 at 7:49 am

    Please email out how to contact the CalStrs investment committee if we can’t attend!

  2. Sandy Emerson on July 9, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    Hi Mark – you can email the CalSTRS Board at board@calstrs.com