Indigenous people lead global divestment protest of Equator Principles Meeting

SEATTLE, WA, October 23, 2017 –Today 92 banks will meet at the annual meeting of the Equator Principles Association (EPA) in Sao Paulo, Brazil. At this time, the indigenous-led divestment campaign, Mazaska Talks, is leading a global protest known as Divest the Globe.

The global protests are designed to draw attention to the futility of the Equator Principles in upholding indigenous rights to Free, Prior, and Informed Consent in the case of the Dakota Access Pipeline and other desecration projects around the world. In the United States alone there are close to 40 protest registered to participate today, with many other actions going on around the world over the 3 days.

What: Divest the Globe: Indigenous-led global protests
When: October 23-25, 2017
Where: Locations throughout the world

Big oil, multinational corporations and their financial backers are not persuaded by moral and environmental arguments. Nor do they even care for following the rule of law, as we have witnessed violation after violation of Tribal Nations’ treaty rights. They’re capitalist and they are persuaded by one thing, money. So Indigenous Nations and their allies are rising up to create a future with clean water and respect for human rights,” Matt Remle, co-Founder of Mazaska Talks

Until these banks start investing in the future of Mother Earth, we will bring attention to the injustice they contribute to and we will continue to use divestment as a tool to help end these atrocities,” Rachel Heaton, co-Founder of Mazaska Talks

Making the transition from fossil fuels to green power is no longer a matter of financial capital, but of political will. These banks have learned nothing from Standing Rock or the Great Recession, so it’s up to us to make our own public banks and finance our own communities,” Jackie Fielder, Organizer with Mazaska Talks

Press contact:

Matt Remle (Co-Founder), (206) 639-3610
Jackie Fielder (Organizer), (562) 313-2324

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