City of Buffalo: Divest from Wells Fargo #NODAPL
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The city of Seattle, Washington has become the first city to completely divest themselves from the bank, Wells Fargo- the main financial backer of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The aim of this petition is to make the city of Buffalo, New York, the second city in this accomplishment and to take a stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline.
The Dakota Access Pipeline is designed to transport more than 550,000 barrels of oil daily from North Dakota to Illinios. Over the course of the past many months, protestors have gathered at Standing Rock Reservation in attempt to stop the construction of this pipeline.
The main points of opposition against the Dakota Access Pipeline are a)potential contamination of the primary water source for the Standing Rock Reservation, b)desecration of the sacred burial grounds of the Sioux Tribe, c)the lack of consultation by the federal government with the Sioux Tribe during the permitting process of the pipeline, and d)fear that building up our country's oil infrastructure will contribute even more to climate change.
Despite the thousands of protestors and outrage against this pipeline, our federal government has turned a blind eye to our cause. They have failed to hear our voice. Our attention then should turn to our local governments on a smaller scale.
We are "the City of Good Neighbors", an "All-America City". If we sit idly by and watch our fellow American brothers and sisters fight for their sacred land and fight for the protection of their water and take no action, then we are unworthy of such titles. "Good Neighbors" help one another and stand up for each other. Let Buffalo be the example. Let us stand against big banks and environmental destruction.
Divest from Wells Fargo, and send a message that Buffalo Stands with Standing Rock.
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