Million Hoodies Movement for Justice along with Black Lives Matter, Citizen Action of the Hudson Valley and the Greater Bard College Community Protest at Kingston TD Bank

Action to serve as response to Bank Financing Dakota Access Pipeline Contaminating Indigenous Peoples Water

New York, NYNovember 16, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                       November 16th, 2016

Press Contact: Lexi Parra, (651) 208-9042

The Bard College Chapter of Million Hoodies Movement for Justice, Black Lives Matter Hudson Valley Chapter, Citizen Action of the Hudson Valley, and the greater Bard College community announce a display of solidarity with the indigenous struggle at Standing Rock, North Dakota for clean water and environmental justice.

“The movement for clean water is a demand for a basic human right and dignity that we cannot simply overlook,” said Wailly Comprés ‘18 Co-Leader of Million Hoodies Movement for Justice Bard College Chapter, “The Movement for Black Lives is centered in love as love is the root of resistance and it is in this spirit that we show our solidarity for our indigenous siblings risking their lives for what they believe in. Our movements our intersectional and we embrace their struggle as our own.”

Native Americans and supporters at Standing Rock have been protesting peacefully against the construction of an oil pipeline along the banks of the Missouri River. The construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) puts at risk a community that already suffers a poverty rate of nearly three times the national average. They are being threatened by police dogs, pepper spray, SWAT teams, and militarized tanks. This project is the continuation of 400 years of racist exploitation of native people and their land.

TD Bank is enabling the construction of the DAPL by lending to Dakota Access LLP, part of Energy Transfer Partners. TD is among 17 banks, both foreign and domestic, funding the pipeline. TD Securities along with Citibank, the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, and Mizuho Bank have already provided a sum of $1.1 billion to this project and is prepared to supply another $1.4 billion loan.

Join us as we protest the forced dispossession and corporate privatization of a natural resource.

We will not allow yet another water crisis like Flint, Michigan. Water is for life, not profit.