Target Corporation, Please Stand In Solidarity With Standing Rock!
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Dear Brian Cornell,
As the CEO of Target, and as a person who has acted with conscience in the past, we ask that you please Stand With Standing Rock today by choosing to stop banking with Wells Fargo or any bank that supports the Dakota Access Pipeline project.
Wells Fargo is one of the main banks invested in this pipeline, which threatens the sacred sites, drinking water, and environment of the Standing Rock Sioux and surrounding areas. Wells Fargo's funding has allowed Energy Transfer Partners and their security forces to use rubberized bullets, tear gas, and water canons in sub-zero temperatures against peaceful native and non-native people in prayerful protest.
While ETP claims that their pipelines are safe, they and their subsidiaries have been an active part of the 3,300 pipeline breaks in the US since 2010. Sunoco alone is responsible for at least 200 oil spills in that time frame, including a pipeline break in Pennsylvania this October that leaked 55,000 gallons of oil into the Susquehanna river. It is well past time for a change to our energy system, and we hope that Target will be a leader in this movement. Since our government is not stepping up to help its own people and allies, we call upon you and other conscience corporations to take action on behalf of the people who shop in your stores.
Please take a stand and let everyone know that it is important to Target that we honor the treaties our government made and stop taking land from our Native American brothers and sisters.
If Wells Fargo is affected by enough individuals and corporations removing their funds, they will likely retract their funding and stop supporting the Dakota Access Pipeline. Target's actions alone could help Wells Fargo make the critical decision to do the right thing. The largest bank in Norway, DNB, has already pulled out hundreds of millions of dollars in loans and credit lines, so we know that this is possible.
At a time when millions of us are deciding where to spend our holiday dollars, we hope that Target will be a place we can truly believe in, and not yet another place we must avoid.
Mr. Cornell, we ask that you and Target be on the right side of history by helping this movement for human rights, native rights, environmental health, the future of America and clean fresh water for all.
Please act today.
Mni Wiconi. Water is life.
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