Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in Featured

Los Angeles Moves Towards Divesting from Wells Fargo over the Dakota Access Pipeline

Los Angeles Moves Towards Divesting from Wells Fargo over the Dakota Access Pipeline

Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles City Councilmembers Mitch O’Farrell and Paul Koretz have introduced a motion to divest from Wells Fargo over their financial backing of the Dakota Access pipeline. In their motion, councilmembers state LA’s commitment to the environment and to the health and welfare of people and feel that Wells Fargo’s support for the Dakota Access pipeline is, “at odds with these principals.” The City currently holds over $40m in securities with Wells Fargo. Read full motion here WELLS FARGO DIVEST The movement made great headway today but the fight continues. We now have the opportunity to use Los Angeles’ massive financial portfolio as leverage to create powerful, long-lasting changes. It’s critical that the city develop strong ethical standards for its financial and investment practices, and take an active role in protecting the interests of the community and our environment. We’ll continue to push for a stronger Responsible Banking Ordinance, reinvestment of city funds into renewable energy and social good funds, as well as a feasibility...

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Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Featured

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Remains Committed to Court Fight After D.C. Circuit  Denial of Injunction

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Remains Committed to Court Fight After D.C. Circuit Denial of Injunction

Eagle Butte, SD — March 20, 2017 On Saturday, March 18, 2017, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals denied the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe’s emergency motion for injunction pending appeal to stop the flow of oil in the Dakota Access Pipeline under Lake Oahe while the appeals court considers the Tribe’s challenge pursuant to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (“RFRA”). The case in the D.C. Circuit is an appeal from the district court’s March 7, 2017 Order denying the Tribe’s motion for preliminary injunction under RFRA. Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier stated: “The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of course is disappointed in the outcome of this motion. The flow of oil under Lake Oahe will devastate the practice of our religion. The shameful truth is that America can’t understand the holiness of our Grandmother Earth and her importance to our existence. But that is why we Lakota people were put on this earth—to fight for Unci Maka when the of rest world has forgotten her. We are...

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Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 in Featured

San Francisco closer to divesting $10B cash flow from Bank of America and $1B investments by Jacqueline Fielder

San Francisco closer to divesting $10B cash flow from Bank of America and $1B investments by Jacqueline Fielder

On Tuesday, March 14, 2017, the indigenous-led San Francisco Defund DAPL Coalition pressured the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to unanimously pass a resolution urging the Treasurer to implement a DAPL screen in the City’s Social Responsibility Investment Policy. The following day, the Treasurer informed The Coalition that he will, indeed, add “DAPL investments” to the screen his office uses to evaluate investment products and financial contracts (i.e. depository services contracts) each month. The City currently has $1.3 billion worth of investment products with banks financing or owning shares in the Energy Transfer family of companies (Energy Transfer for short). The City also has a five-year financial contract with Bank of America that entrusts $10 billion in City cash flow to the bank. The contract is set to expire August 31, 2018, and has already been in jeopardy under a San Francisco ordinance barring contracts with companies based in anti-LGBTQ states (Bank of America is based in North Carolina). The unanimous vote came after The Coalition, joined by Madonna...

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Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Featured

Caricature of History by “Kuni” Tyrone Ross Thompson

Caricature of History by “Kuni” Tyrone Ross Thompson

As a Wyampum our identity is not limited to western narrative we can define our humanity exposing the contradiction of oppressors false non fiction The skulls wars battling the distortion of conquer contradiction in writing our Washani patriarch idolized after death but in life wasn’t heard In a western story the Wyampum patriarch was compared to an athlete of legacy Jim Thorpe remains powerful both figures influential For a near century the athlete’s departed body didn’t have merit adoration of limited loyalty oppressors only love one image not voices labeled with rage Or the words of our origin that connects to the world Wyam patriarch planted seeds to know where we begin because people are defined relentless division and enrollment subjugated For 162 years they had a few compromise creating a sick environment energies conflicting to our own demise as if they can fractionalize all 270 bones, four chambers of the heart, & demonize Anyone if they hint at any remembrance to our own indigenous roots accord with inherent...

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Posted by on Mar 11, 2017 in Featured

Water Protectors to Flood the Streets of Downtown LA Calling to #DivestLA !

Water Protectors to Flood the Streets of Downtown LA Calling to #DivestLA !

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Water Protectors to Flood the Streets of Downtown LA Calling to #DIVESTLA! Friday, March 10th WHEN: 11am Friday, March 10, 2017 WHERE: March begins at Pershing Square through LA’s Financial District to Hope and 3rd -Rally in front of Wells Fargo, continue to Grand Park, end at the west steps of City Hall to Rally. WHY: We are calling on the City Council of Los Angeles to cut financial ties with Wells Fargo to DIVESTLA and join with Seattle, Santa Monica and Davis, CA in Defunding DAPL. VISUALS include: Giant inflatable pipeline and more TBA LOS ANGELES – On Friday, March 10th, Angelenos will be marching in solidarity with the Standing Rock Defund DAPL and Standing Rock sister march in D.C. We’re calling on the Los Angeles City Council to Divest from Wells Fargo and end any association with banks that fund projects undermining vulnerable people. Wells Fargo was sued in 2012 for targeting people of color to foreclose on their homes, then continued to demonstrate...

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