Photo: John Duffy
Money talks. One powerful method for protecting our water (health, climate) is for individuals and organizations to move their money out of banks that fund pipelines.
Join the Divestment Movement. Its power comes from the collective will of the many.
If you are looking for information on how to do this,
There you will find lists of offending banks and suggestions about alternative places to manage your money and accomplish good at the same time.
Stay tuned and mark your calendars: Oct 23 Global Day of Action vs offending banks …actions expected in Port Angeles, Sequim, and Port Townsend. Join our planning group!
Remember those cold days in February when people in Port Angeles and Sequim were protesting US Bank’s support of DAPL pipeline ? Well, good news. US Bank has revised its environmental responsibility policy to state that it will no longer directly fund any oil or gas pipelines! And any relationships with companies/people in the oil or gas industry will be subject to additional checks on the “potential impact on dependent communities and indigenous people.” Activism works!
This Saturday, May 20, from 11am-12 people will be going out to the PA and Sequim branches of US Bank, where we protested, this time to bring flowers and wave signs thanking them for listening to the people. Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1348163088552428/
Here is an article: http://www.ecowatch.com/us-bank-divest-pipelines-2408440397.html
and their new Policy: https://www.usbank.com/pdf/community/Environmental-Responsibility-Policy-Web-Final-April2017.pdf
On Saturday, Feb. 25th and March 4, concerned citizens and members of OCA joined other groups around the country to speak truth to corporate executives of US Bank, which is one of the funders for the Dakota Access Pipeline. A worldwide movement is calling to divest from these banks if they won’t withdraw their DAPL investments.
Keep it in the Ground
Our group engaged – and was engaged by – the passing public. It was all good.
There will be another picketing this coming Saturday, March 11, from 11AM to noon in front of the US Bank at 134 E. 7th St. (at Lincoln) in Port Angeles, and at 101 W. Washington St. (corner of Sequim Ave.) in Sequim.
Join us. Bring signs and dress for the weather.
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U.S. Bank, Port Angeles & Sequim
Saturday, March 4, 2017, 11 – noon
In response to the sudden announcement that the Trump administration plans to abrogate the Environmental Impact Statement process and bulldoze the sovereign rights of indigenous people at Standing Rock in order to push the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) through their ancestral lands, OCA, in partnership with the Clallam Progressives and the Racial Justice Collective, will picket outside the U.S. Bank branches in Port Angeles, 134 E. 7th St. (corner of Lincoln), and Sequim, 101 W. Washington St. (corner of Sequim Avenue). Bring signs and dress for the weather.
U.S. Bank is among a number of banks financing DAPL, and a worldwide movement is calling to divest from these banks if they won’t withdraw their DAPL investments. Seattle just passed a resolution to divest their accounts at Wells Fargo, another DAPL investor. In Clallam County, several local governments bank with U.S. Bank. Such demonstrations and divestment demands are being staged around the country.
This protest is not against our local bank branches, staffed by our neighbors and doing everyday community banking. Rather, this protest is against their corporate executives, who often follow a very different agenda. In coming weeks, we will start a dialogue about ethics and investments by individuals and institutions.
Here are messages from Sacred Stone Camp and the #NoDAPL 2017 Action Hub. There the protesters are risking prosecution, jail, and worse to protect their sacred lands and water, and the water supply of millions. We quite simply do not need any new pipelines, and the sooner we get onto clean energy, the better off we’ll all be.
Finally, a word from Arnold Schwarzenegger about an offer you can’t refuse!