OCA joins Global Days of Action vs banks funding pipelines
On October 23, 2017, Olympic Climate Action members participated in the global days of action against major banks funding dirty oil-pipeline money, organized by Mazaska Talks (“Money Talks” in Lakota), a coalition of grassroots Indigenous groups including the 121 First Nations and Tribes of the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion. The campaign calls for individuals and institutions to close their accounts with banks that finance these pipelines, which trample on indigenous rights and threaten our climate, including the Kinder Morgan pipeline project, which would send hundreds of tar sands tankers through our local waters every year.
We gathered in peaceful protest to deliver petitions to Chase and Wells Fargo branches in Port Townsend, Port Angeles, and Sequim. (U.S. Bank has partially stepped back from certain kinds of funding for pipeline projects, but they are still heavily involved in such projects and should be avoided as well.)
Interview: The Case for Divestment. On 10/24/17, KONP’s Todd Ortloff interviewed Jim Hallett and Diana Somerville about the case for divestment from banks that fund fossil fuel projects. Listen by looking up the date at http://konp.com/podcasts.php.
Please consider closing your accounts in these banks and asking that institutions with which you are involved (churches, nonprofits, taxing districts) divest as well. Also sign up for the Mazaska Talks Boycott of these banks and call for these banks to adopt principles of investment that help rather than tear apart our human and ecological community.
Letter to the Editor, PDN, 11/6/17: https://olyclimate.org/2017/11/08/more-tanker-traffic-in-the-strait/