Several CFT leaders and members testified today at the CalSTRS
Investment Committee meeting in West Sacramento, urging the
second largest pension fund in the country to pressure companies
that they invest in to stop profiting off family separations at
In April 2013, a few months after the shootings at Sandy Hook
Elementary School in Connecticut that killed 20 children and six
adult staff members, the board of California State Teachers’
Retirement System voted to divest from firms making weapons that
are illegal to own in California. More than two years later, that
hasn’t happened, and Joshua Pechthalt, president of the CFT,
wants to make sure it does. Soon.
UPDATE! On June 5, 2015, CalSTRS cashed out of its
investment in gun manufacturer Remington Firearms, part of the
Cerberus Capital Management portfolio. We thank CalSTRS for
listening to CFT. Read
story in the Sacramento Bee.
Teachers at Ohlone Elementary School were greatly relieved
when Arysta LifeScience, a Japanese chemical company, announced
on March 20 that it would no longer sell methyl iodide in the
United States for use as a pesticide.