Bay Area Indigenous Women Kick Off Month of NoDAPL Actions

For Immediate Release

November 29, 2016

Sand Francisco—Hundreds of Indigenous women and allies from the Bay Area will gather at 8am on Wednesday November 30th at Justin Herman Plaza for a prayer circle and teach-in on the national call to divest from the financial institutions funding the Dakota Access Pipeline. 

Who: Women of Idle No More SF Bay and Allies

What: Prayer Walk in Support of Divestment from DAPL

Where: Justin Herman Plaza, 1 Market Street, San Francisco

When: Wednesday November 30, 2016 at 8am

A prayer walk to several banking institutions funding the DAPL will follow the teach-in.   At each institution, prayer walk participants will be closing their bank accounts as part of the national divestment campaign from all financial institutions supporting the pipleline project, including Chase, Bank of America, Citibank, and Wells Fargo.    Educational hand-outs will be available to pass out.

"We call on the customers and the CEO's of the top funding banks for the Dakota Access Pipeline to divest from this project. We don't see ourselves or our future generations depending on the fossil fuel industry.  We need a just transition for clean air, soil, and water." - Isabella Zizi, youth director for Earth Guardians Bay Area.

The Bay Area prayer walk will kick off a global month of action that has been called for the entire month of December.    Since April of this year, more than 5000 Indigenous leaders from over 280 Nations and Tribes traveled to North Dakota to support the Standing Rock Sioux Nation water protectors in the struggle against the proposed $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline.  If completed, the Pipeline would carry a half a million barrels of oil per day from the Bakken Oil Shale Fields. The route the pipeline would take lays under multiple bodies of water, including the Missouri River that supplies drinking and irrigation water that more than 10 million people depend on.  

The Standing Rock water protectors have gained international attention both for the scale and power of the Indigenous mobilization, and for the level of human rights violations that the water protectors have faced from local and national law enforcement.

On November 15, more than 2000 Indigenous people and allies gathered for a sunrise ceremony in San Francisco and marched to the offices of the Army Corps of Engineers in one of the largest national mobilizations in solidarity with Standing Rock.

Media contact: Isabella Zizi, Idle No More SF Bay, Email: 28isabellazz@gmail.com, phone: 510-932-0978

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