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Mazaska talks; the banks are listening!

 

Activists shut down bank branches in Seattle

https://www.seattleweekly.com/news/activists-disrupt-over-100-bank-branches-across-seattle-for-financing-tar-sands-projects/

Day of action vs banks that invest in pipelines

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.)

Chart: Does Your Money Fund Pipelines?

Broadside: Don’t Let Your Money Fund a Tar Sands Spill in the Salish Sea!

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.

(Click on any image to enlarge it.)

Interview: the case for divestment

On 10/24/17,  Todd Ortloff  interviewed Jim Hallett and Diana Somerville on his KONP radio show.  The topic: The case for divestment from banks that fund fossil fuel projects. Listen to the podcast by looking up the date at http://konp.com/podcasts.php.

Todd Ortloff

 

Todd Ortloff is an Edward R. Murrow award winner and graduated from the Murrow School of Communications at Washington State University.

Banks: respect the planet & human rights; until then, we’re divesting

By consensus at our Oct. 1 meeting, OCA signed onto the Equator Banks, Act! petition, asking the major banks of the world to live up to their commitment to support people and the planet–it’s time to match their words with actions. The petition is below; you can sign on yourself at equatorbanksact.org.

We also signed on to the bank boycott organized by Mazaska Talks; you can sign on as an individual at https://mazaskatalks.org/move-your-money/

#DefundPipelines • #EquatorBanksAct • #FossilFreeSalishSea​

MAZASKA TALKS PLEDGE: “We pledge to not do business with the 64 banks funding new tar sands projects. Those of us who are current customers of the banks specified by Mazaska Talks pledge to break ties within 12 months, and to inform the bank of our reasons for doing so.”

Equator Banks, Act! Petition
Stop financing Climate Disasters
Respect Indigenous peoples’ rights and territories

This October 23-25, 91 banks will meet in São Paulo, Brazil to discuss their social and environmental commitments under the Equator Principles.

While these Principles are to ensure that adopting banks do not finance projects with a large negative impact on people and planet, Equator Banks continue to support projects that pose a massive threat to the world’s climate, such as coal, oil and gas extraction, transportation and power generation projects. Equator Banks also continue to finance fossil fuel and other projects that trample on the rights and interests of Indigenous Peoples.

We are appalled that the Equator Principles as formulated today allow Equator Banks to finance projects that are a disaster for the world’s’ climate and for Indigenous peoples. For the Principles to be a meaningful sustainability commitment they need to be fully overhauled.

We therefore call on the Equator Principles Association…

 

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Mazaska Talks Day of Action Oct. 23

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OCA joins Mazaska Talks Global Day of Action, October 23, 2017

Take action and participate with Olympic Climate Action in the global day of actions against major banks funding dirty oil-pipeline money.  This campaign is led 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 will gather in peaceful protest at Chase and Wells Fargo branches*:

  • Port Townsend 9 – 11 am. Meet at traffic triangle at Kearney and Sims Way.
  • Port Angeles 12 – 2 pm. Meet at Civic Field parking lot, Race St and 2nd St.
  • Sequim 3 – 5 pm. Meet at Centennial Place, E Washington St and Sequim Ave.

(*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.)

RSVP and get details here:

https://actionnetwork.org/events/defund-pipelines-nop

Flyer for this event–feel free to print and post or distribute

Chart: Does Your Money Fund Pipelines?

Broadside: Don’t Let Your Money Fund a Tar Sands Spill in the Salish Sea!

If you can’t join us, 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.

#DeFundPipelines

#EquatorBanksAct

#FossilFreeSalishSea

Why Divestment talk inset

RSVP at https://actionnetwork.org/events/why-divestment

 

Olympic Climate Action,
North Olympic Peninsula citizens addressing the climate change threat

Territories of the kʷoʔlí·yot’ (Quileute), qʷidiččaʔa·tx̌ (Makah), nəxʷsƛ̕áy̕əm̕  (Klallam), & t͡ʃə́mqəm (Chimacum) peoples

#DeFundPipelines – join us on Oct 23

We are participating in the Mazaska Talks Global Day of Action on Oct 23 with actions opposing banks funding pipelines with branches in Port Townsend, Port Angeles, and Sequim.

Join our planning group!

Sign up for the event here