The protesters will always be with us. They can protest the war, Coke, or the lack of deodorant on campus. Or they can do something more interesting, such as protest the situation in Sudan, and encourage their colleges and universities to divest:
By many measures, the current divestment movement has taken off. Among the other colleges that have adopted policies barring some or all Sudan-related stocks are Amherst, Dartmouth and Williams Colleges; the Universities of California and Washington; and Boston, Brandeis, Brown, Columbia, Princeton and Yale Universities. While it was considered significant when Harvard sold but one stock a year ago, Amherst barred holdings in 19 companies when it adopted its Sudan policy in January and added a 20th company last month.
This much activity in which social issues influence college endowment policies is unprecedented since the anti-apartheid movement in the 1980s led many colleges to sell holdings in companies with operations in South Africa. “We are seeing a coordinated effort that we haven’t had in 15 years,” and the Internet has allowed students at different colleges to work closely together to push for changes, said Mark Tulay, director of environmental, social and governance markets for Institutional Shareholder Services, which advises hunderds of colleges and other nonprofit groups on how to respond to social issues related to their endowments.