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22 May, 2017, Monroe County, Ohio.
After a three-day long action training conference near the Wayne National Forest, organizers from multiple groups have launched a long-term resistance encampment to defend the Wayne National Forest from fracking and fracked gas pipelines.
The action training conference was hosted by Southeast Ohio’s Appalachia Resist!, a direct action environmental justice group known for blockading the oil and gas infrastructure that threatens the rural communities where they live, as well as the recent action where a group member shut down an intersection in front of Chase Bank in Columbus to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline.
The conference was attended by more than a hundred water protectors, land defenders, organizers and community members from around the state and region, who agreed on the goal to stop Energy Transfer Partner’s accident-ridden Rover Pipeline project, as well as Eclipse Resource’s plan to frack the Wayne National Forest. A wide variety of groups and organizers were represented, such as Keep Wayne Wild, the American Indian Movement of Ohio, Torch Can Do, Earth First!, Camp White Pine, Resist Enbridge Line 5, Radical Action for Mountains and People’s Survival, Tar Sands Blockade, the Buckeye Environmental Network, and the Athens County Fracking Action Network. “People from a lot of different backgrounds, walks of life, and organizing ideas are coming together,” said Crissa Cummings, 45, of New Marshfield. “We are sharing skills and building strategies. Companies like Energy Transfer Partners and Eclipse Resources can expect a wall of resistance.” Trainings included Strategic Direct Action, Environmental Justice and Environmental Racism, and Pipeline Resistance Strategy. Childcare and meals were provided.
Peggy Gish, 73, of Athens County says, “I’ve lived in Southeast Ohio for more than 40 years. I’ve farmed this land. 70% of the Rover Pipeline will go under farmland. We’ve seen the damage they can do. Energy Transfer Partners is the one building this pipeline, and they’re the same greedy corporation that brutalized the Standing Rock Sioux and built the Dakota Access Pipeline. We saw what they did there. We saw how they treated communities and families, children and grandmothers and people who were praying, all so that a few greedy rich people could get richer. I’m a mother, grandmother, and person of faith. I will not stand idly by while Energy Transfer Partners bullies and decimates Native American communities and Appalachian Communities. We’ve all got to stick together to protect our families, protect our farms, and protect the water. If our government and representatives won’t do it, we’ll do it ourselves, by whatever means we have to.”
Michael Rinaldi, 34, another Appalachia Resist! member, remarked that the Rover Pipeline has already been cited 18 times for serious violations. In April, they spilled more than 2 million gallons of bentonite drilling slurry into a pristine wetland in Stark County, Ohio, and last week, were ordered to stop construction entirely because of their disastrous record. He said, “Energy Transfer Partners has demonstrated their complete incompetence time and time again based on the sheer volume of violations within the short time they’ve been constructing the Rover. Wherever these pipelines are planned, people are carrying the lessons of Standing Rock to show this predatory industry that we will resist them every step of the way. The health of our communities is not for sale. Water is Life.”
Noting that since November, the Bureau of Land Management has leased nearly 2000 acres of the Wayne National forest for fracking, mostly to the out of state company Eclipse Resources, Jolana Watson, 25, a member of Appalachia Resist! said, “We are here to tell the Bureau of Land Management that our public lands are not for sale and also to remind them that public lands are stolen lands. The same companies that want to frack the Wayne and build pipelines through it are running roughshod over treaty rights and ignoring native sovereignty around the continent.”
Calvin Fulton, 21, said, “These companies always promise money, but we’ve heard it all before. We were going to get rich from coal, but we’re still poor. We were going to get rich from fracking, we’re still poor, now these pipelines are going to make us rich? Yeah right. I’ve got a message for Energy Transfer Partners and Eclipse Resources: We reject your carrot. all the supposed income and opportunity these projects claim will not go to our communities, but to those who have always exploited us and shoved us aside when we were no longer needed for their plans.”
Divest from DAPL!
January 26 2017 from 12 PM – 4 PM Appalachia Resist Protesters are forming a picket line at Chase Bank, located at 100 Broad St. in Columbus (3rd and Broad).
We will be in the heart of the financial district in solidarity with Standing Rock Water Protectors asking bank patrons to close their accounts IMMEDIATELY.
Free doughnuts for all who close their account!
We seek the immediate halt of the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) by Energy Transfer Crude Oil Company, LLC (ETCO). Chase Bank has invested in DAPL through loans to ETCO.
President Trump’s executive orders to advance the pipeline DO NOT GUARANTEE ITS COMPLETION!
WITHOUT FUNDING THIS CATASTROPHIC PROJECT WILL GRIND TO A HALT.
YOUR BANK _ YOUR MONEY_ YOUR POWER!
“Today we call upon our fellow citizens to take action and divest from Chase bank!
We, the people, have the power to halt the perpetuation of systemic and physical violence against the Water Protectors at Standing Rock. Your choice of bank directly affects the health and safety of Indigenous people, their water systems and land. Let your voice be heard through your wallet- the only language that corporations and the new administration understand”. Says: Lauren Goldberg of Appalachia Resist
Demand that financial institutions such as Chase divest from DAPL: The list of financial institutions invested in DAPL includes Wells Fargo, Citibank/Citigroup, TD Securities, ING Bank, BBVA Securities, Citizens Bank, U.S. Bank/PNC Bank/Barclays, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, SunTrust, UBS, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley and many others.
“Banks such as Chase are aware of the horrific atrocities being inflicted right now in increasing severity at Standing Rock in the name of cheap fossil fuels. Indigenous Water Protectors and their allies are being brutalized and terrorized as the world watches in horror. Chase Bank and others have had plenty of chances to withdraw their support, but instead have chosen to remain complicit in the violence and destruction in North Dakota. But we can change that by hitting them where it hurts- their wallet” says Madeline ffitch of Appalachia Resist.
2) Ask that individual people immediately divest from the banks funding DAPL: Individuals have pulled
over $50 million from the various banks that back the project to help “encourage” them to divest from
“Do not underestimate the urgency of the need for immediate action! Water Protectors are currently being attacked at Standing Rock. Do not underestimate the deceptive and destructive practices that stem from corporate greed! Our land and water are in jeopardy– resources we can never replace. Do not take for granted the power we EACH as individuals have to affect change! TAKE ACTION TODAY.” Says Michael Renaldi-Eichenberg
3) Divestment WORKS! : Because of public pressure through the effective divestment movement in Norway, the largest bank in Norway, DMB has sold it’s investments in DAPL and is considering withdrawing it’s loan to ETCO — amounting to 10% of the total funding!
“Communicating with oil hungry corporations demands that we speak their language. They have watched and orchestrated people being shot and bodies blown open, blasted with freezing water, attacked with dogs, locked in kennels, prayer ceremonies disrupted, and children put in grave danger. But they still don’t understand. Their only language is money, and it’s OUR MONEY, AND WE WON’T SUPPORT THIS DOMESTIC TERRORISM” says Jolana Ozara
4) It’s EASY. We are hear to tell you how!
Want simple links to help you complete all of these action items?: http://www.yesmagazine.org/people-power/7-ways-to-make-an-even-bigger-impact-when-you-divest-from-dapl-20161201
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DAPL Divestment: http://www.defunddapl.org/
Banking Alternatives: http://www.gabv.org/the-community/find-members
News from Indian Country: https://indiancountrymedianetwork.com/
Updates From Sacred Stone Camp (Standing Rock) : http://sacredstonecamp.org/
After Peter Gibbons-Ballew’s pretrial at 9 am, Appalachia Resist! will be in front of Chase bank at 100 E Broad St. in Columbus at noon on January 26th, 2017 asking Chase’s patrons to divest their money from the institutions that are funding the pipeline. Athens, Ohio carpool meet at 550 park and ride between 10:15 and 10:30.
If you bank with Chase, DIVEST NOW!
Since the decision by the US Army to suspend the DAPL river crossing easement to conduct a limited Environmental Impact Statement, the resistance camps at Standing Rock are asking people not to travel to the camps but to “instead take bold action in your local communities to force investors to divest from the project”.
The financial backers of the Dakota Access Pipeline include: JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citibank, ING Bank, Citizens Bank, U.S. Bank, PNC Bank, Barclays, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley. The Standing Rock Sioux & their supporters are asking people to close their accounts with these financial institutions, tell them why, and post the action on social media.
Thank you to everyone who has been donating! Peter faces up to 2,250 in fines, restitution to Franklin county, of an undetermined amount, and jail time. His Pretrial is Thursday December 15, 2016 and he would appreciate supporters holding a rally outside of the court house at 375 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43125. Since there is a reprieve in the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline while the Army Corp. does an EIS this can be a VICTORY rally!
Appalachia Resist! is also ramping up our campaign to stop Fracking in Wayne National Forest and will need direct action funds.
Thank you all for your support!!
Ohio Stands with Standing Rock!
In Columbus, Ohio hundreds of protesters marched together in solidarity with the water protectors at standing rock North Dakota. “This action is occurring simultaneously with protests of across the nation and world in solidarity with the people at Standing Rock” said Madeline ffitch of Appalachia Resist!.
The peaceful protest began in front of the Columbus state house and ended a few blocks away outside of chase bank at 3rd & Broad. Issues such as Ohio’s deployment of 37 State troopers to North Dakota who have engaged in militaristic human rights abuses against peaceful NoDAPL protesters at the expense of Ohioan taxpayers, divestment by banks who have invested over $3.7 billion into energy transfer partners disastrous pipeline, and a call for President Obama to end his final term in the White House with the immediate halting of the US Army Corps of Engineers permits.
“Water is life!” Shouted Peter Gibbons-Ballew- the protester who ground traffic to a halt after locking himself to a van at The intersection of third and State Street. Police on horseback were on the scene as were multiple fire trucks and helicopters circled overhead.”Today is not a day for business as usual – today is a day to shine a light on the human rights abuses being perpetrated on indigenous people attempting to protect their own health and welfare” said protester Lauren Goldberg. Business as usual certainly was not possible in the several hours that protesters occupied the Columbus financial district in one of the biggest protests Columbus has seen for years.
**BREAKING** A #NODAPL protester is locked down under a van parked on the corner of Broad and Third Streets in Columbus, Ohio. With 80 supporters cheering him on.
Today, November 15, 2016, has been declared a National Day of Solidarity with the Standing Rock Water Protectors seeking the immediate halt of the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) by Energy Transfer Crude Oil Company, LLC (ETCO). Today we call upon our fellow citizens, elected leaders and law enforcement to rectify the perpetuation of systemic and physical violence against the Indigenous Water Protectors and their Allies at Standing Rock as they defend the health and safety of their water systems and land.
We demand the return of Ohio State Troopers. We do not support the use of our troopers for military action against citizens acting out of concern for their own safety.
As of October 29, Ohio has sent 37 state troopers to North Dakota to contribute to the paramilitary and private security forces already operating. According to Appalachia Resist!, “Ohio troopers don’t belong in North Dakota. Their addition to law enforcement at Standing Rock serves to perpetuate violence against a legitimate and peaceful protest with legitimate concerns.” Protesters have been maced, beaten, shot with rubber bullets, locked in dog cages, pulled out of Sweat Lodges during prayer, and brutally assaulted–including children and elders. The group stated, “Committing Ohio state troopers to Standing Rock is an attack on human rights and a misuse of taxpayer dollars.”
We demand that financial institutions divest from DAPL. We ask that individual citizens immediately divest from the banks funding DAPL.
DAPL is being funded by countless banks from around the globe. Through Energy Transfer Partners, private banks have invested over $3.75 Billion in the construction of the DAPL. The list of financial institutions invested in DAPL includes Wells Fargo, Citibank/Citigroup, TD Securities, ING Bank, BBVA Securities, Citizens Bank, U.S. Bank/PNC Bank/Barclays, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, SunTrust, UBS, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley and many others.
We demand the President immediately halt DAPL by ordering the US Army Corps of Engineers revoke the construction permit.
Appalachia Resist! states, “Energy Transfer Partners has violated the physical, spiritual, and financial well-being of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and their Allies.”
Because of grave concerns of human rights abuses, the United Nations and Amnesty International have deployed human rights observers to Standing Rock to monitor law enforcement and private security aggression.
The construction of DAPL crosses the Missouri River, the sole drinking water source for thousands of people, both Indigenous and non-indigenous. Each year there are hundreds of oil spills from similar pipelines. A spill from DAPL would result in the catastrophic destruction of the Missouri River as a viable water source.
Sacred land, ancestral burial grounds, and spiritual objects have already been devastated by this project. Halting construction cannot bring these back, but would prevent the further destruction of land, water, and humans.
Today in the heart of the Columbus financial district, across from the Governor’s office, we call for these demands to be met.
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