May 19, 2014
Graduating Reed College students and their parents gave a standing ovation to an announcement by their commencement speaker that the college had decided to divest from fossil fuels. But the President and Chair of the Board of Trustees, who were sitting onstage with the speaker, quietly wrung their hands—because the announcement was a hoax, and the board had recently decided exactly the opposite.
Commencement Speaker, Yes Man, and Reed alum Mike Bonanno worked with student activists from Fossil Free Reed to show the grads, students, faculty, and families that they could be the change they want to see in the world starting with their own institution.
Watch the report on Democracy Now!
Watch or read the speech here.
Read the first fake press release here.
Read the fake Reed response here.
Read the reveal here.