Indigenous Leaders Call on NYC Mayor de Blasio to #DefundDAPL

  • New York City Hall Steps New York City Hall New York, NY

What: Indigenous Leaders Call on NYC Mayor de Blasio to #DefundDAPL
Where: New York City Hall steps.
When: Thursday, February 23, 12:30pm
Who: Indigenous leaders & supporters. 

Leaders of Indigenous Nations and communities, backed by other groups opposing the Dakota Access pipeline, will call on Mayor de Blasio as well as Comptroller Stringer to end the City’s business, contracts and pension fund investments with banks such as Wells Fargo, which are funding the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL). 

Last week, the Mayor and Comptroller separately declared their opposition to the pipeline, which threatens the water for 17 million people and runs through sacred land of the Standing Rock Sioux as well as violates Treaty rights and Native sovereignty. The leaders and groups will praise the Mayor and Comptroller’s public statements while urging the Mayor and Comptroller to take stronger, meaningful action similar to the City of Seattle, which recently ended its business with Wells Fargo over the bank’s support for DAPL. NYC does business with six banks financing DAPL, including Wells Fargo.

As part of his earliest executive orders, Trump reversed the Obama Administration’s decision to review the project’s impacts before granting final permits, and declared his strong support for the destructive project. 

#WaterIsLife #NoDAPL #StandingRock

Who: eaders from the Ramapough Lenape Nation, NYC American Indian Community House, American Indian Law Alliance, International Indian Treaty Council (IITC), and indigenous youth backed by allies including a wide range of community, environmental and environmental justice organizations. 

Supporting organizations include: 350Brooklyn, 350NYC, Bronx Climate Justice North, Catskill Mountainkeeper, El Puente, Food & Water Watch, New Economy Project, New York Communities for Change (NYCC), NYC Stands with Standing Rock Collective, People's Climate Movement NYC, Sane Energy Project, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter, Sierra Club NYC Group, SustainUS, West Harlem Environmental Action (WeACT).