Defeating BDS - The Cornell Experience

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MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2019

There was a lot at stake in the lead up to the vote because students at Brown voted for BDS just weeks before. People’s Facebook timelines were flooded with content about the controversy. Every day, it seemed like a new Cornell Daily Sun (campus newspaper) story came out. Our team organized countless individual meetings with my Assembly colleagues to persuade them to reject BDS. I remember drafting various voting outcome scenarios in Excel. There was a solid bloc on the Assembly that was pushing BDS and then, there were our allies. Consequently, there was a limited pool of “swing votes” that accounted for endless voting outcomes in the race for 15 votes (the threshold for majority).