Wash. U Chancellor and students meet over Peabody sit-in

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Washington University student representatives and university chancellor Wrighton met Saturday to discuss the student’s demands to cut ties with Peabody Coal, as the Students Against Peabody entered into their 5th day of a sit-in outside Brookings Hall on the Washington University’s campus.

In the meeting the students and chancellor discussed the students two demands:

1. Remove CEO Greg Boyce and Peabody from the Board of Trustees
2. The Chancellor must attend community-organized tours of Peabody extraction zones and issue a public statement about his experience.

Reportedly the meeting lasted for 30 minutes, with no agreement on the students demands.

Following the meeting, students and supporter hand delivered a letter to the Chancellors office, calling on Wrighton to cut ties with Peabody Coal.

Students Against Peabody want the university to cut ties with Peabody for contributing to global carbon emissions, participation in the American Legislative Exchange Council, marginalization of indigenous and rural communities in Black Mesa, Arizona and Rocky Branch, Illinois, and for filing lawsuit against the local Take Back St. Louis ballot initiative.

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