CHICAGO –(ENEWSPF)–February 8, 2017. Water Protectors and their allies shut down the Citibank branch at 26 West Washington St. in Chicago. The group is occupying a Citibank branch, at the intersection of Washington and Dearborn Ave, to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and the push by the Trump administration to grant a final permit without regard for tribal and public consultation.
Statement from Organizers:
The Army Corp announced they are granting the easement for DAPL crossing under Lake Oahe. Water protectors respond by intensifying their resistance.
A group of water protectors are occupying a Citibank branch at Washington and Dearborn Ave in Chicago to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline and the push by the Trump administration to grant the final permit without regard to tribal and public consultation. The Fort Laramie Treaty of 1851 & 1868 guarantees Native sovereignty on the very lands that DAPL is being built through right now. The Army Corps is in direct violation of these treaties when it grants Energy Transfer Partners permission to build the Dakota Access Pipeline, destroying sacred sites and the foundation of Native lifeways. If the pipeline will cross under Lake Oahe, the contamination of these waters is inevitable. This will have devastating effects on the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River reservations, as well as 10-15 million people who live downstream.
As a major funder of DAPL, Citibank is directly sponsoring the ongoing genocide of Native peoples and endangering the waters, lands and living communities of the entire Missouri River watershed. Banks that fund fossil fuels are directly responsible for climate change – the social and environmental violence they perpetuate represents a clear example of ecocide.
Indigenous and historically colonized peoples have already endured enormous suffering as a direct result of climate change. The climate crisis is happening now – we act in a state of emergency to demand a defunding and dismantling all fossil fuel infrastructure, starting with the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Resist DAPL – Defund Fossil Fuels – Divest!
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