On Friday afternoon, a cohort of Wesleyan activists drove down to New Haven’s financial district to protest three major banks’ investments in the Dakota Access Pipeline. Students from Wesleyan Democratic Socialists and Fossil Fuel Divest joined other protestors on the march, which began at Wells Fargo, moved to Bank of America and the Federal Courthouse, and ended at TD Bank. At each stop, organizers and indigenous activists made speeches and led chants demanding a halt to pipeline construction and that the banks divest from the project. Read past the jump for more information about the march and specific calls to action from the protest’s organizers.
This action was organized by CT Stands with Standing Rock, a collective of activists working to support the indigenous water protectors in fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline. The march was planned in response to President Trump’s executive order to fast track DAPL construction.
In addition to participating in marches, protest organizers encouraged participants to show their solidarity in other ways, including:
- Calling the banks funding DAPL and demand divestment
- Submitting a public comment to the environmental impact statement being made on the project
- Sending money to support the Water Protectors at Standing Rock:
Previous coverage of Wesleyan students’ participation in #NoDAPL protests can be found here.