Posted by on May 3, 2017 in Featured

Raise a Paddle: Resistance from the Pacific Islands to the Tar Sands

Raise a Paddle: Resistance from the Pacific Islands to the Tar Sands

In 2014, a group of Pacific Islanders led a blockade of the world’s largest coal port in Australia. Now, these Pacific Climate Warriors are headed to the Canadian tar sands. Justin Trudeau’s recently approved pipelines will unleash catastrophic climate change — for Pacific islanders this means rising sea levels threatening their homes, communities, and cultures. These pipelines clearly go against the promises Trudeau made to climate impacted communities and Indigenous peoples on the world stage. That’s why the Pacific Climate Warriors are inviting Trudeau to join them in Vancouver to explain his broken promises. The Warriors are also calling on people everywhere to stand with them, and stand with Indigenous peoples in Canada, to keep the tar sands in the ground. Who are the Pacific Climate Warriors? Responding to world leaders inaction on climate change, a network of young Pacific Islanders began to rise peacefully to protect the Pacific Islands from climate change. Since then, their simple and immensely powerful message has commanded attention globally: we are not drowning;...

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Posted by on May 3, 2017 in Featured

Philadelphia Moves Towards Divesting from Wells Fargo

Philadelphia Moves Towards Divesting from Wells Fargo

Philadelphia, PA – On May 1st, 2017, the City of Philadelphia moved closer towards ending its relationship with Wells Fargo. The City Council’s Committee on Finance unanimously voted to end its 48-year relationship with Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo currently oversees the city’s $2billion per-year employee payroll account. The resolution was sponsored by Councilwoman Cindy Bass. In a statement Councilwoman Cindy Bass praised her colleagues for their vote, “As many of you know, I have been pushing for the city to divest from Wells Fargo for quite some time. Time and time again their actions have revealed them to be the antithesis of corporate social responsibility. I want to thank my colleagues on the committee for doing the right thing and sending a message that we will not do business with companies that engage in unethical business practices.” Seattle, Los Angeles, San Fransisco, Missoula, the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, Davis, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, and the Mille Lacs...

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Posted by on Apr 29, 2017 in Featured

Anti-Keystone XL Pipeline Activists Issue Demand to JP Morgan Chase: Don’t Fund Pipeline!

Anti-Keystone XL Pipeline Activists Issue Demand to JP Morgan Chase: Don’t Fund Pipeline!

Seattle, WA – On April 27th, anti-Keystone XL pipeline activists issued a demand to JP Morgan Chase, “Don’t give project level loans to TransCanada to build the Keystone XL pipeline, or face mass civil disobedience and lose the ability to bid on City if Seattle contracts.” The following press release comes from 350 Seattle: On Thursday, 350 Seattle publicly announced its Shut Down Chase direct action. Standing Rock Sioux and DeFund DAPL/MazaskaTalks.org organizer Matt Remle, Muckleshoot tribal member and DeFund DAPL/MazaskaTalks.org organizer Rachel Heaton, City Councilmember Mike O’Brien, Saanich member Paul Cheokten Wagner, and 350 Seattle activist Kara Sweidel all spoke at the conference, which represented a major escalation in their campaign to keep banks from funding projects catastrophic to the climate and to indigenous rights. We will be targeting JP Morgan Chase, one of the biggest funders of tar sands development–in order to demand that the bank not fund Keystone XL, or any other new tar sands infrastructure. This is the same powerful partnership that helped to lead...

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Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in Featured

Despite Standing Rock Brutality, Wells Fargo Board Recommends Against Indigenous Peoples Policy

Despite Standing Rock Brutality, Wells Fargo Board Recommends Against Indigenous Peoples Policy

INDIGENOUS LEADERS CITE HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN CONDEMNING WELLS FARGO’S DECISION TO FINANCE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 25, 2017 Media Contact: Matt Remle, (206) 639-3610, mcremle@hotmail.com On Tuesday, April 25th, Wells Fargo will convene its annual meeting of stockholders at the Sawgrass Marriot in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, where they will vote on an Indigenous People’s Policy. This policy calls on “Wells Fargo & Company (WFC) to develop and adopt a global policy regarding the rights of indigenous peoples which includes respect for the free, prior and informed consent of indigenous communities affected by WFC financing.” The Board of Wells Fargo has recommended stockholders vote against this proposal, as the Board claims to have the necessary risk management, human rights, and indigenous rights policies in place. The undersigned denounce the Board’s position, as Wells Fargo still chooses to finance the Dakota Access Pipeline, a project embroiled in treaty violations, indigenous rights violations, and human rights abuses. United Nations’ rapporteurs, NGOs, faith leaders, journalists, and over 200...

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Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in Featured

Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska Votes to Divest from Wells Fargo over Dakota Access Pipeline

Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska Votes to Divest from Wells Fargo over Dakota Access Pipeline

Juneau, AK – At the annual Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska Annual Tribal Assembly held April 19-21, a resolution was passed to “Discontinue the Tribe’s Relationship with Wells Fargo Bank” due to its financial backing of the Dakota Access pipeline. According to the resolution (RESO 17-11) “the Tribe finds that Wells Fargo’s investment in the Dakota Access Pipeline and recent misconduct and dishonest business practices are contrary to Tribe’s strong commitment to conducting its business with socially responsible banks that support the sovereignty and well-being of Indian Tribes, and it is in the Tribe’s best interest to strengthen its framework for social equity and responsibility in contracting by enacting authority and responsibilities to ensure the Tribe conducts business with partners who are committed to support of Indian Tribes, their sovereignty, and the health and welfare of their citizen.” The resolution, which was presented by the Seattle Seattle Tlingit & Haida Community Council, further states that the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes...

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