Honor the Earth is part of a coalition of grassroots Native groups on the ground at Standing Rock calling on all people of conscience, from all Nations, to join the encampments and stand with us as we put our bodies in front of the machines. We are also calling for a month of solidarity actions to stop construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. Let’s make December an international month of action, with bold and courageous actions every single day, all over the world. beginning with a Global Day of Action on December 1st. We are asking people to target the 17 banks funding the pipeline and demand they divest from the project, which is already financially vulnerable.
Take action today to cut off investment for the pipeline. Join or host local actions all over the world to shut down banks - find a target using the NoDAPLSolidarity page, and find or register an action on the ActionNetwork page, which you can also access via this amazing calendar. Close your accounts and move your money to credit unions that have no fossil fuel investments, and show the world you're doing it. On December 1, over a dozen bank actions in Minneapolis kicked off the month of action, and one group at a Wells Fargo Bank won a meeting between WF executives and Standing Rock tribal elders. Citi Bank and TD Bank have both issued statements saying they have hired "independent human rights experts" to review the project. A Dutch NGO recently sent a letter to all 17 bank CEOs, with over 500 organizations signed on, demanding divestment. We must keep ramping up the pressure.
Also, if you live in a jurisdiction currently sending law enforcement to Standing Rock, use the contact info below to demand their removal. More and more police forces are declining to come join North Dakota in the service of oil companies and the violation of civil and human rights. North Dakota, in fact, is becoming a political pariah.
And keep up the pressure on the Obama administration. Sign the petition, call the White House, and write to President Obama demanding that he immediately deny the last outstanding easement, revoke the permits, and order a full Environmental Impact Statement. As Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II noted in his response to the Army Corps's eviction notice, denying the easement is the only way to end the violence and protect public safety.
While the US Army Corps continues its consultation with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe about the river crossing, the Dakota Access pipeline project is in financial jeopardy. It is likely impossible for the company to meet its January 1 deadline, and if it does not, producers and shippers who two years ago committed to use the pipeline will have the option to renegotiate or even terminate their contracts. A new report shows that they may well want to do that, because oil prices plummeted soon after the contracts were signed in 2014, and the economics of Bakken drilling are dismal now in comparison. Production has declined dramatically and there is no longer any economic need for the Dakota Access pipeline, as existing infrastructure is more than sufficient.
In August, a group of banks agreed to lend $2.5 billion to Dakota Access. But $1.4 billion of this loan is still on hold until the Army Corps grants the final permits for the pipeline. This means that there is still time for the banks involved in this loan to cut their line of credit.
Here is a list of all 17 lenders involved:
And here is the excellent research from Food and Water Watch showing the entire map of investment in the project:
PRESSURE SHERIFF DEPARTMENTS TO WITHDRAW FROM STANDING ROCK
Sheriff Departments and Police Departments from across the Midwest have sent officers to violently attack and suppress Water Protectors.
We are calling on these Departments to permanently withdraw their officers from Standing Rock. Two departments (one in Wisconsin and one in Montana) already removed their troops in response to public pressure.
Here is a list of the out-of-state departments that have deployed at Standing Rock:
Michigan City Police Department
Michigan City, IN
Hammond Police Department
Munster Police Department
Griffith Police Department
Anoka County Sheriff’s Office
Washington County Sheriff’s Office
Marathon County Sheriff’s Department
La Porte County Sheriff’s Office
La Porte, IN
Newton County Sheriff’s Office
South Dakota Highway Patrol
Jasper County Sheriff
Lake County Sheriff Sheriff’s Department
Crown Point, IN
Laramie County Sheriff’s Department
Wyoming Highway Patrol
Ohio State Highway Patrol
Nebraska Emergency Management Agency