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Europeans Press for Divestment from Dakota Access Pipeline and Fossil Fuels

Posted by on Mar 6, 2017 in Featured

March 6 2017 – For Immediate Release: First fruits of the Geneva mobilization for Standing Rock and the Climate at the Swiss Credit Bank: The bank was forced to recognize its important stake in the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the UNIA trade union of Geneva has asked its pension fund to divest. The Swiss Credit Bank is the biggest funder of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) – destructive project relaunched by the Trump regime – financing $1,4 billion out of a total of $3.8 billion. Several organizations and 150 people rallied thursday, 2nd of March 2017, in front of Swiss Credit headquarters in Geneva to denounce its decisive involvement...

Norwegian Private Investment Manager Divest $34.8 Million from firms Tied to the Dakota Access Pipeline

Posted by on Mar 2, 2017 in Featured

Norway – A Norwegian private investor is divesting $34.8 million from companies tied to the Dakota Access pipeline. According to the Guardian, “Storebrand, a sustainable investment manager with $68bn in assets, sold off $34.8m worth of shares in Phillips 66, Marathon Petroleum Corporation, and Enbridge, the company announced Wednesday. The three companies are partial owners of the pipeline.” “We hope that our actions and the actions of other like minded investors in either divesting or calling for an alternative [pipeline] route will make some sort of an impact.” Matthew Smith Storebrand A growing movement to divest from banks and companies tied to the Dakota Access pipeline and Energy Transfer...

Oklahoma Bill Seeks to Impose Heavy Fines and Long Jail Sentences for those Protesting “Critical Infrastructure”

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Featured

Oklahoma City – On February 22nd, a bill seeking to levy heavy fines and long prison sentences against individuals and groups protesting “critical infrastructure” passed through the Oklahoma House of Representatives committee. HB 1123, sponsored by Rep. Scott Biggs, R-Chickasha, seeks to impose up to $100,000 in fines and 10 years in prison for people involved in actions against “critical infrastructure.” Critical infrastructure covered by the law include, “refineries, electric generation and transmission facilities, natural gas processing and transportation facilities, telecommunications facilities, crude oil storage, rail lines and transportation facilities, and certain manufacturing plants.” The bill specifies three levels of criminal “trespass” on critical infrastructure. Level one, would be...

Alameda Moves Towards Divestment from Wells Fargo

Posted by on Feb 27, 2017 in Featured

Alameda – On February 21, the Alameda city council voted unanimously to move towards divesting $36 million from its accounts from Wells Fargo. Council referral 2017-3935 states to, “Consider Directing Staff to: 1) Identify All Accounts with Wells Fargo and Investments in Wells Fargo Securities; 2) Draft a Request for Proposal (RFP) for Banking Services for the City of Alameda; and 3) Exclude Wells Fargo from the RFP process and Refrain from Making New Investments in Wells Fargo Securities for a Period of Three Years.” The move was made due to the banks investment in the Dakota Access pipeline, financing of private prisons and in response to last year’s...

The Caribbean Amerindian Development Organization (CADO) by Damon Corrie

Posted by on Feb 27, 2017 in Featured

I had a SECOND successful visit here in Panama Central America – with one community of our Embera Tribal Allies (a mighty Tribal Nation 83,000 strong) , the first Central American Tribal Nation to join the Caribbean Amerindian Development Organization (CADO) and be on the emergency relief watchlist of the Indigenous Democracy Defence Organisation (IDDO). The CADO motto is SOLIDARITY, LOYALTY, LIBERTY They have a beautiful hidden ‘”waterfall where the magic frogs live” (We are helping them to develop a sustainable Eco-Tourism industry – FOR FREE – as unemployment has become very high since they were forced into semi-westernised existence (as is almost always the case with indigenous peoples)…economic...

BREAKING: German Bank BayernLB seeks to Divest from Dakota Access Pipeline

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in Featured

“Wasser Ist Leben – Water is Life” February 23, 2017 – Today, the German bank BayernLB, announced that they will “withdraw from the financing contract [of the Dakota Access pipeline] at the earliest possible date.” Further, they will not be renewing their contract with Energy Transfer Partners. BayernLB, who currently has $120 million invested into the Dakota Access pipeline, has been a target of environmental groups and supporters of water protectors at the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to divest from both the pipeline and fossil fuels and to invest in a green future. According to Andrea Marcos, who is active in pushing for BayernLB to divest, “As a result...

This isn’t over: take up the torch and defund DAPL! by Jacqueline Fielder

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Featured

Today, for the umpteenth time in the history of Plains Indians-U.S. relations, the United States government is using its military might to evict indigenous people from their land so that settlers can extract a profitable resource from the earth. To some non-indigenous people looking into this moment from the outside, this may seem an abstract exaggeration. No one has died, they might say. There are legal dimensions to the issue. But this is no exaggeration. Today, on February 22, 2017, the United States is repeating history, and unless we get ourselves, our cities, our states, our pension funds, and our universities to divest from banks financing the Dakota Access...

Hoopa Valley Tribe Appaulds Appeals Court’s Decision to Uphold Life-Saving Water Releases for Hoopa Fish

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Featured

February 21, 2017 – Today, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld water releases to the Trinity River to prevent salmon die-off downstream. Since the horrific 2002 salmon kill on the Lower Klamath River, the Bureau of Reclamation has released supplemental water from the Trinity River Reservoir on numerous occasions to prevent similar fish kill. Reversing the Eastern District Court’s judgment, the appeals court ruled that federal and state laws authorized the Bureau of Reclamation release water from its reservoirs to protect migrating fish in the Lower Klamath River, downstream of the Trinity River confluence. The Bureau’s over diversion of water from the Klamath River in Oregon had killed...

Saving Licton Springs by Matt Remle

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Featured

Nestled away in a North Seattle residential and commercial district lays the remnants of one of the last remaining sacred sites of the Duwamish peoples, Licton Springs. Licton (pronounced LEE’kteed) is derived from the Duwamish word le?qtid meaning red-paint, a connotation of the reddish colored mud from the springs. The springs served as a location for spiritual gatherings for the Duwamish peoples, where they would gather annually to build sweat-lodges for cleansing. The red ochre pigment was also collected from the springs and used as a paint for different ceremonies and to decorate longhouses and other items with spiritual imagery. The reddish-mud was also utilized as an ointment by...

Wolakota Mitakuye Oyasin: Statement from Water Protectors

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Featured

For Immediate Release In the interest of the Water Protection Efforts, Dakota Access Pipelineand International Law, specifically the 1851 Ft.Laramie Treaty. FROM THE DESCENDANTS OF OGLALALEADERS AND HEADS MEN, AND REPRESENTATIVES OF OGLALA TIOSPAYE(s)/Extended Family na TIWAHE(s)/Nuclear Family The Descendants of Oglala Leaders and Headsmen,and Representatives of Tiospaye(s) na Tiwahe(s) recognizes the right of the Water Protectors to look after the future generations of all Peoples while acting within the borders of the 1851 Treaty Territory, this includes north of the River Where Sacred Stones Are Made, AKA, The Cannon Ball River. This is International Law, not only recognized by the world but also in the American Constitution, and...

Germans Demand Bavarian Bank Bayern LB to Divest from the Dakota Access Pipeline

Posted by on Feb 20, 2017 in Featured

On February 17th, people took to the streets of Berlin to demand their publicly owned bank Bayern LB to divest from the Dakota Access pipeline. “People took to the streets on Friday, February 17th in Berlin, Germany to call on the publicly owned Bavarian bank Bayern LB to divest $120 million from the Dakota Access Pipeline. Chants of “Wasser Ist Leben // Water is Life” echoed up the marble buildings lining Friedrichstrasse in solidarity with Water Protectors at Standing Rock and around the world.” ~Andrea Marcos Photos from Berlin action Prior to the rally, Berlin organizers reached out to Seattle divestment campaign organizers for solidarity. The following letter was...

Defund DAPL National Conference Call Set: Learn how to run a Divestment Campaign

Posted by on Feb 18, 2017 in Featured

2/17/2017 – A National conference call has been set for February 21 where people can call in and hear from the organizers of Seattle’s successful campaign to divest over $3 billion from Wells Fargo due to its financial backing of the Dakota Access pipeline. Seattle’s success has brought a tidal wave of energy from other cities, towns and Tribes looking to conduct similar campaigns. As Energy Transfer moves towards completion of the pipeline, now is the time to increase efforts to divest from banks affiliated with Energy Transfer Partners and the Dakota Access pipeline What: National conference call to learn how to run divestment campaign When: February 21st 2017...

Santa Monica City Council Moves towards Divesting from Wells Fargo

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Featured

On February 14th 2017, the Santa Monica city council voted 5-0 to begin the process towards divesting from Wells Fargo. The unanimous vote will, “direct staff to examine its investment practices and consider divesting all City funds from Wells Fargo, due to their business practices and their involvement in financing the Dakota Access Pipeline.” The item was placed on the agenda by Councilmembers Terry O’Day and Tony Vazquez. In an on-line petition started by Jenna Perelman, she writes, “Santa Monica has long been a leader in sustainability. To be a true leader in this field, we must embrace sustainability in all aspects of our community, including our investments. Let...