Protestors make their way down Vashon Highway on Monday. (Backbone Campaign photo)

Islanders march for the future, call for bank’s divestment from fossil fuel industry

  • Tuesday, October 24, 2017 11:57am
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On Monday, more than 30 islanders, including 17 youth, protested at Chase Bank, joining the global call to action DivestTheGlobe.

In 50 communities across the U.S., concerned community members demanded financial institutions stop financing fossil fuel pipelines because of their repression of indigenous rights, human rights abuses, the fueling of climate change and the ruin of the earth.

In Seattle, seven people were arrested, but the scene was more calm on Vashon, where the colorful protest included youth marching in song with a 10-foot inflatable globe, a banner that read “Vashon Green School Supports Standing Rock – All Life Is Equal” and a 30-foot long banner that read “Stop Desecration of the Earth, Stop Funding Climate Destruction, Honor Indigenous Rights.” Members of the Backbone Campaign who organized the event say that the youth involved sang inside Chase Bank, and a letter, signed by some major environmental organizations, was read, calling on Chase Bank CEO Jamie Dimon, to divest the bank’s holdings from investments in fossil fuels.

The event was part of three days of global action targeting the banks that organizers say are funding Earth-harming projects. In Seattle protestors visited all 100 Seattle branches of the various banks funding work in Canada’s tar sands: Chase, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, TD Bank and US Bank.

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