Independence from DAPL: Push for city-wide divestment.
We celebrated a win in June when a federal judge told the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers to go back and try again on their environmental review of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Today, as we celebrate America’s Independence Day, our #DailyRevolution continues the fight for the land illegally stolen from the indigenous peoples of America by targeting the DAPL funders through divestment — our last best chance to stop the pipeline and protect the land of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
It's been months since police forcibly evicted the Standing Rock water protectors with rubber bullets, freezing water cannons, and tear gas, and 45’s executive orders authorized the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The oil began flowing in June, but the recent ruling request for an environmental report do-over puts off the final decision on the pipeline until at least September. In the meantime, we've got work to do!
DefundDAPL.org has focused on getting cities to break up with the big banks funding the pipeline. Since February divestment has spread from Seattle,WA, to Missoula, MT; Portland, OR; San Francisco, CA; and our very own New York City! Mayor Bill de Blasio and city Comptroller Scott Stringer announced in May that NYC was ready to say “Boy, Bye!” to Wells Fargo.
Today, take steps to help get your city to commit to ditching all banks invested in the pipeline:
Check out this list to figure out if your city, organization or tribe has a financial connection to one of the banks funding DAPL.
Contact your City Clerk or City Treasury and simply ask them -- they are legally obligated to tell you!
If they are - check out DefundDAPL’s next steps for starting a local campaign.
Oil is Now Flowing Through the Dakota Access Pipeline - The Atlantic
Ruling on Dakota Access Pipeline Shutdown Months Away - The Washington Post