Mazaska Talks Mass Global Protest Action

International banks met in São Paolo, Brazil on Monday to discuss policies on climate and the rights of Indigenous People. In response, Mazaska (Money) Talks coordinated a mass global action to protest climate disaster funding banks — from Monday, October 23 through Wednesday, October 25.

“On October 23rd, ninety-two of the world’s largest banks will meet in São Paolo, Brazil to discuss policies on the climate and Indigenous People’s rights to Free, Prior, and Informed Consent  (FPIC). These banks include Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) financiers such as Wells Fargo, Bank of America, J.P. Morgan Chase, and many more. Mazaska Talks is calling on indigenous people and allies everywhere to join us for 3 days of mass global action that make it clear to the banks: Financing climate disaster and the abuse of Indigenous Peoples will result in a massive global divestment movement. ~ Mazaska Talks

Standing Rock & Fossil Fuel Divestment

Fossil fuel divestment is an extension of the Standing Rock movement, which urges banks to stop funding climate disaster. In particular, they call for divestment from big banks that finance the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), such as Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and J.P. Morgan Chase.

So far, the Standing Rock Divestment Movement has motivated nearly $4.3 billion in municipal accounts, and $85 million in individual accounts, to be moved from banks that fund DAPL.

Divest the Globe | Mazaska Talks

7 Things You Can Do to Be a Part of the Largest Protest Ever of Banks’ Investments in Fossil Fuels

Mazaska Talks recommends the following actions:

  1. Take the Pledge to Divest Yourself.  
  2. Sign the EquatorBanksAct petition.
  3. Join an action near you right now! 
  4. Deliver a boycott letter to a local bank’s branch manager. Letters here: Wells Fargo — Bank of America — Chase — US Bank — TD Bank — RBC — BoM — Scotia — General
  5. Tune into and share the livestream (
  6. Learn how to start a divestment campaign in your community
  7. Get your organization or business to sign onto The Boycott

And of course, if you haven’t already, move your own financial accounts to a smaller local or regional bank or credit union. Any financial institution is “good” as long as it does not fund the fossil fuel industry.

Related Reading:

Activists Disrupt over 100 Bank Branches Across Seattle for Financing Tar Sands Projects | Seattle Weekly 

Why Native American Women Are Going After Europe’s Banks to Divest From Big Oil

What Is Divestment and Why Should I Care About It? | Vice

Divest for the Climate


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