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:
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.
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
Come the Elwha Klallam Heritage Center this Friday, May 19, at 6 PM to join in a discussion of the Legacy of Standing Rock. Speakers:
Vanessa Castle resided at Standing Rock for five months, until the camp closed. She will discuss her reasons for going, the authorities’ brutal treatment of the water protectors, and how we can take the message of Standing Rock home.
Matt Krogh, of Stand.Earth, protects the West Coast from oil, gas, and coal terminals. He will discuss the Kinder-Morgan pipeline and other fossil-fuel initiatives, and sustainable energy alternatives.
Mike Doherty served as Clallam County Commissioner for 20 years. He will discuss local efforts to protect our communities and what you can do to participate.
The moderator will be Mary Lovell of Pull Together, a coalition leading the fight against the Kinder Morgan pipeline.
Donations are encouraged for Pull Together and the Elwha Heritage Center.
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