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Divest from DAPL!

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

 

  1. 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.

    1. “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

                   DAPL

  1. “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!

  1. “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!

  1. Find out who exactly your bank is funding

  2. Write a letter to your bank explaining why you’re closing your account

  3. Go to your bank and close your account (we can help you do that today!)

  4. Take a picture of yourself outside the bank and share it on social media

  5. Put your money in a better place

  6. Help the movement measure its success through DeFundDAPL.org

  7. Contact the other banks funding the Dakota Access pipeline and ask your friends to do the same

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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Helpful links:

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/

Resist Trump! Stop the DAPL

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!
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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.

DONATE TO APPALACHIA RESIST! DIRECT ACTION FUND

https://www.generosity.com/community-fundraising/appalachia-resist-direct-action-fund/x/15007267#/_=_

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!!

Breaking News: #nodapl water protector locked under van blocking Ohio State House intersection demanding Kasich bring home Ohio troopers from Standing Rock North Dakota Now!

NBC Live Coverage

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Ohio Stands with Standing Rock!

AR!’s Peter Gibbons-Ballew & 100’s of Supporters #NoDAPL Action Shut Down Columbus Intersection

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.

News Media Contact
Lauren Goldberg: 240-401-2590 Heather Mitchell 214-502-8035

**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.

Action :

  1. 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.

    1. 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.”

  1. We demand that financial institutions divest from DAPL. We ask that individual citizens immediately divest from the banks funding DAPL.

    1. 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.

  1. We demand the President immediately halt DAPL by ordering the US Army Corps of Engineers revoke the construction permit.

  1. Appalachia Resist! states, “Energy Transfer Partners has violated the physical, spiritual, and financial well-being of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and their Allies.”

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    3. 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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Solidarity with Standing Rock Water Protectors

#NoDAPL Protesters Shut Down Intersection in Downtown Columbus

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.

November 15, 2016 has been declared a National Day of Solidarity with the Standing Rock Water Protectors.

Today in the heart of the Columbus financial district, across from the Governor’s office, 77 S High, join us from 11-2 in calling for:The immediate withdrawal of Ohio’s State Troopers from North Dakota.

The immediate divestment of major banks from the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The President to immediately halt the DAPL by ordering the US Army Corps of Engineers to revoke the construction permits.

The immediate withdrawal of Ohio’s State Troopers from North Dakota. Committing Ohio state troopers to Standing Rock is an attack on human rights and a misuse of taxpayer dollars. 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.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 immediate divestment of major banks from the Dakota Access Pipeline. Through Energy Transfer Partners, private banks have invested over $3.75 Billion in the construction of the DAPL. Lets inform the public and ourselves about the importance of divesting from and boycotting these banks:

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, Morgan Stanley and others.

The President to immediately halt the DAPL by ordering the US Army Corps of Engineers to revoke the construction permits. This is clearly within the President’s power. A request from the Department of Justice to halt construction has been ignored by Energy Transfer Partners. The construction of DAPL crosses the Missouri River, the sole drinking water source for thousands of people, both Indigenous and non-indigenous. A spill from DAPL would result in the catastrophic destruction of the Missouri River as a viable water source.

Join together in calling 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.

For up to the minute information regarding Appalachia Resist, follow up on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/appalachiaresist/

Occupy the Wayne National Forest Community Cadre

Saturday September 10, 2016

Grover Center Ohio University

Facts and figures

The Forest Service (Regional Forester Kathleen Atkinson) and the Bureau of Land Management are still planning to frack in the Wayne Forest. Parcels are slated for an online December lease sale.

2,000 public comments were submitted against fracking in the Wayne in January of 2016- a clear indication of public concerns.

The Forest Service has chosen to ignore an Environmental Impact Study, which would evaluate current science and take account of community concerns, as required by federal law.

Supervisor Scardina has declined to hold or even attend a public meeting for community members since the comments period was closed.

Congress has mandated that National Forests must serve the public good, so legally the USFS should be basing its management on protection of ecosystem services, including climate protection, air and water purification, and biodiversity, not products, which are much less valuable per acre.

The Wayne Forest has the potential to sequester ~102.5 billion pounds of carbon emissions, according to the USDA[1] and the USFS,[2] but only if the Wayne is not also adding to pollution with methane and CO2 emissions and destruction of carbon sequestration by forest disturbance and fragmentation.

A study by NASA reveals that pollution from fossil fuel “development” is far worse than we initially thought.[3] And methane is 86-100x more powerful a greenhouse gas than CO2 over the 20-year time frame, clearly the period of concern, as climate disruption escalates faster even than scientists predicted.

USDA’s 2015-2020 plan calls for climate mitigation and increased community benefits that sustain forests and grasslands.[4] “Multiple use,” by law, must be uses that do not degrade other more valuable uses.

Short-term profit followed by environmental destruction and economic devastation is, and has always been, the legacy of oil, gas, and coal in Southeast Ohio.

The Whitehouse has published a Presidential Directive that calls upon government agencies like the Forest Service to consider climate impacts in any significant decisions- the Wayne is ignoring this directive.[5]

 

Notes

[1] http://www.nrs.fs.fed.us/pubs/gtr/gtr_wo059.pdf

[2] http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/22954

[3] http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2014/09oct_methanehotspot/

[4] http://www.fs.fed.us/strategicplan

[5] https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/11/01/executive-order-preparing-united-states-impacts-climate-change

Community Cadre is a Sham

Forest Service Attempts to Distract from Fracking in the Wayne National Forest

Athens OH | September 10, 2016 On September 10th, the United States Forest Service and Ohio University will be hosting an invitation only “Community Cadre” in Grover Center from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to create the appearance of a conversation around extraction in the Wayne National Forest. While we are completely supportive of the inclusion of community groups in the U.S. Forest Service’s decision-making process, we believe that sitting down with the oil and gas industry is not in the best interests of our community. We have just learned that the USFS planned all along to give consent to lease and is not reviewing the Bureau of Land Management’s Environmental Assessment (EA) or the hundreds of comments submitted by our community on the Draft EA. According to a recording of the comments provided by the BLM, approximately 2,000 people publicly commented against fracking in the Wayne National Forest during the January 2016 comment period.  If the USFS was interested in being responsive to the community comments, it would heed the clear call of the vast majority of people in this region: No fracking on public lands. We call on the USFS to halt the planned out-of-state auction of our public lands to fracking companies. Unless the USFS representatives are taken to task, and unless oil and gas interests are roundly rejected, this “Community Cadre” only serves to help the USFS make a mockery of actual democratic processes and real community engagement. We propose that the planned “Community Cadre” become instead an open space for widespread community engagement, and invite any and all to join us on September 10th, at 12 p.m. in the Grover Center Atrium on Ohio University’s Main Campus. The Appalachian Ohio Group of the Sierra Club, Athens County Fracking Action Network, and Appalachia Resist are currently distributing a petition that can be found on change.org.

Demand Water Justice

Demand Water Justice! Rally

Monday March 21st from 11am-1pm

Athens County Courthouse Steps

Fight for Flint, Fight for Appalachia!

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Black Life Action Coalition (BLAC) and Appalachia Resist! have formed a coalition to address the ongoing human rights abuses linked to ongoing water contamination to drinking water supplies.  We demand water justice for all and will be hosting a water drive for Flint, Michigan residents and a Demand Water Justice Rally: Fight for Flint, Fight for Appalachia at the Athens County Courthouse Steps on Monday March 21st from 11-1.  If you missed the water donation you can still contribute to the kitty that Athens is collecting to send up there: B.L.A.C. & AR! Water Drive for Flint Go Fund Me

 

We will be collecting monetary donations to help Flint churches, American Red Cross and United Way to buy much needed lead testing kits and water filters, but also full cases of commercially packaged water or commercially sealed gallon containers of water.  Testing for lead costs around $55/per test and filters run from $40-$200.

We encourage members of the public to drop off donations at the Monday rally, or at donation stations set up around town, including at The Village Bakery, Catalyst Café, and Fluff Bakery.

The Flint, Michigan water crisis has been ongoing since January 2015.  Residents cannot use tap water for drinking or cooking, due to high levels of lead that cause a number of symptoms such as vomiting, constipation, weight loss, hair loss, rashes, and stomach pain. According to the World Health Organization “high blood lead levels in children can cause consequences which may be irreversible including learning disabilities, behavioral problems, and mental retardation. At very high levels, lead can cause convulsions, coma and death”. In an attempt to save money, the City of Flint caused the lead contamination in the tap water by switching water sources without corrosion controls.   Many public officials were made aware of the lead contamination, yet did nothing to alert those using the water.  Congressional hearings are currently in progress to assess blame.

 

“Prolonged drinking water contamination tends to impact communities of color and poor rural people disproportionately in this country. There is a connection between Flint, Michigan whose residents are struggling to remove the lead contamination in their water and the continuing history of water contamination in Appalachia,” said Peggy Gish, of Appalachia Resist! Southeast Ohio and West Virginia have previously been impacted heavily by two sources of tap water contamination, C8 and MCHM.  Athens County is now taking in more toxic fracking waste than any other county in Ohio, 4,021,985 barrels last year.  The injection of this waste into underground wells and transport of it throughout the region is a clear public health crisis waiting to happen.

 

In nearly all cases, those in charge knew of the public health threats long before disasters occurred, but did nothing to curb them.  C8 has been linked to kidney cancer, testicular cancer, ulcerative colitis, thyroid disease, hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol), and pregnancy-induced hypertension.  Court records show Dow Chemicals was aware of C8’s potential toxicity as early as 1954, but the EPA was not involved until 2000.  MCHM contaminated the drinking water of 300,000 West Virginia residents in 2014 after the Freedom Industries spill. The drinking Fracking chemicals are linked to endocrine disruption, high cancer rates, low birthweight and miscarriage. Last week, 5,000 gallons of frack waste spilled into a drinking water reservoir in Barnesvill, Ohio, after a truck overturned.  “The struggles for economic, racial, and environmental justice are linked and it’s time that access to clean, safe, and affordable water be considered a fundamental human right,” said Joshelyn Smith, of Black Lives Action Coalition.