ATTENTION NEW ZEALANDERS!
2007 Kiwibank have used Citibank to process all of their
international payments — which
will have amounted to hundreds of thousands, possibly millions of
dollars in that time."
connection to the Dakota Access Pipeline
Standing Rock water protectors are holding out against extraordinary police violence. They need our solidarity now more than ever.
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe are calling for people all around the world to join them as water protectors by putting pressure on the 16 banks that are still funding the Dakota Access Pipeline.
They’re asking allies to participate in a month of action, starting tomorrow Thursday 1st December.
If greedy oil magnates cannot complete the pipeline project by January 1st 2017, a majority of the stakeholders will be able to renegotiate or cancel their contracts. This could mean an end to the pipeline project once and for all.
1 December, 2016
With your support, we’ve been piling pressure on Citibank who are one of the main funders of the pipeline. Together we’ve sent 5,000 messages — or one every six minutes for the past 3 weeks.
Since 2007 Kiwibank have used Citibank to process all of their international payments — which will have amounted to hundreds of thousands, possibly millions of dollars in that time.
Over the month of December, we’re calling on people in the ActionStation community to visit your local Kiwibank branch and insist they ditch Citibank unless they stop funding the pipeline.
Why target Kiwibank? Because as their own tagline states, Kiwibank belongs to all of us. And we get to hold our bank to the standard of what we think is right.
Imagine if we had at least one person visit every single Kiwibank branch in New Zealand at least once during the month of December.
We know putting pressure on banks can work. Bank DNB in Norway recently announced it is going to sell its assets in the Dakota Access Pipeline projectfollowing an outpouring of public pressure.
Water protectors at Standing Rock are being blasted by water cannons and rubber bullets in freezing conditions in the middle of the night. They have a constant, and heavily militarised police presence watching over their camp day in, day out.
We spoke with Ninakaye Taanetinorau from Ngāti Maniapoto who recently returned to Aotearoa New Zealand from the frontline of Standing Rock. Ninakaye went as part of a delegation of Māori to support the First Nations people protecting their sacred land