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MN350 is a Minnesota based spin-off of the global 350.org, dedicated to “building a climate movement by inviting and inspiring Minnesotans to take powerful, collective action grounded in urgency, justice and possibility for our planet.” The organizations take their name from the scientifically recognized maximum safe amount of carbon in the atmosphere—350 parts per million—a level that has now been exceeded by global carbon emissions.

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For Immediate Release: November 30, 2016

Contacts: Ulla Nilsen, MN350, 612-787-7110, Ulla@MN350.org

Kate Jacobson, MN350, 651-402-8901, Kate@MN350.org

Minnesotans Close Accounts, Demand U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo Stop Backing the Dakota Access Pipeline

#DivestFromDAPL Bank Actions

Thursday, Dec 1, 2016, 8am-6pm

(Full list of MN action locations and times at https://actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/nodapl-solidarity-week-of-action)

On Thursday, December 1, a coalition of organizations including Native Lives Matter and MN350 will lead actions at U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo branches across the Twin Cities. As police actions escalate to human rights abuses against thousands of Native Americans and allies gathered to resist the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo and other major banks continue financing the companies that are building the pipeline: Energy Transfer Partners, Sunoco Logistics, and Enbridge Energy.

In response, communities across the nation are closing their accounts. The Dec 1 actions are taking place in answer to a call from Native leaders, part of a national effort designed to convince the banks to cut off funding for the companies building the Dakota Access Pipeline. Action participants will encourage bank customers to withdraw their money from all banks associated with the project companies.

“We’re asking for community members to divest,” says Rene Ann Goodrich, co-founder of Native Lives Matter. “People wonder, ‘what can I do?’ This is a great opportunity for each individual to do something. Together and collectively we can send a very powerful message: ‘I’m not going to support the militarized police brutality and violence against the peaceful water protectors at Standing Rock.’”

The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is a $3.8B, 1,100 mile fracked oil pipeline currently under construction from North Dakota to Illinois. The segment of DAPL planned to cross Lakota Treaty Territory at Standing Rock will disturb sacred burial grounds and tunnel underneath the Missouri River. The water protectors at Standing Rock are peacefully attempting to stop the pipeline. Recent police attacks on the water protectors with concussion grenades and water cannons in sub-freezing weather violate the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.

U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo have provided hundreds of millions of dollars in credit to the companies invested in the Dakota Access pipeline. Additionally, Wells Fargo has invested directly in the Dakota Access project, and U.S. Bank has a close relationship with Enbridge Energy, a major stakeholder in Dakota Access whose crude oil pipelines also criss-cross Minnesota.

“It’s time for banks to stop financing destruction,” said Ulla Nilsen, Corporate Accountability Organizer with MN350.  “Until the banks withdraw all support for fossil fuel companies that violate indigenous treaty rights and put our drinking water and climate at risk, we will withdraw our money from the banks. We cannot allow our savings to contribute to the continuing human rights abuses and environmental disaster taking place at Standing Rock.”

Coalition partners who will be taking part in Thursday’s action include MN350, Native Lives Matter/NLMC, TakeAction Minnesota, and SURJ MN (Showing Up for Racial Justice).

MN350 is a Minnesota based spin-off of the global 350.org, dedicated to “building a climate movement by inviting and inspiring Minnesotans to take powerful, collective action grounded in urgency, justice and possibility for our planet.”  The organizations take their name from the scientifically recognized maximum safe amount of carbon in the atmosphere—350 parts per million—a level that has now been exceeded by global carbon emissions.

Native Lives Matter is a grassroots organization that works to bring about awareness and actively address the social and environmental injustice occurring to Native & Indigenous people. The organization advocates for treaty rights, environment protection, missing and murdered indigenous women and for the families and victims of police brutality & violence.
Native Lives Matter is a member of the Native Lives Matter Coalition Est. 2014.

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