Indigenous Advocates launched an art intervention on JP Morgan Chase ATMs in Manhattan
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New York, NY – Indigenous Advocates launched an art intervention, by placing Out of Order signs on ATMs at various locations of JP Morgan Chase in Manhattan, calling on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Comptroller Scott Stringer to use their positions on the NYC Banking Commission to to end the city’s relationship with JPMorgan Chase and other banks funding pipelines like the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).
The group responded to a call put out by the indigenous-led coalition Mazaska Talks for three days of actions around the globe between October 23rd and 25th, when 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).
Yesterday in downtown Manhattan, a group of indigenous advocates disrupted business as usual multiple times at the JPMorgan Chase headquarters as part of a national day of action to call attention to banks that fund climate disaster and the abuse of indigenous people. They called on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Comptroller Scott Stringer to use their positions on the NYC Banking Commission to to end the city’s relationship with JPMorgan Chase and other banks funding pipelines like the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).
As of May of this year, New York City has over $1.7 billion dollars of deposits in six banks that funded the Dakota Access Pipeline. (Wells Fargo, Bank of America, TD Bank, HSBC, CitiBank and JPMorgan Chase) The most is $739,190, 853 in JPMorgan Chase.
“Indigenous peoples reserve the right to free, prior and informed consent of all matters regarding our land, safety, preservation as a people. Chase is one of the largest investors in pipelines all across this country that threaten many Nations’ sole water source & New York City has strong business ties with chase.These banks have not obtained free, prior or informed consent of the construction of these pipelines. We will continue to demand the city prioritize our safety, and preservation as a people by divesting these banks!” says Shawnee, Mohawk of the haudenosaunee confederacy.
Earlier in the year the American Indian Community House and a broad coalition of groups responded to a call put out by water protectors at Standing Rock to #DeFundDAPL and divest from banks funding pipelines. The coalition asked the Mayor and Comptroller to take bold leadership and follow cities like Seattle, Davis, and Philadelphia, who voted to divest from banks funding DAPL.
Indigenous leaders camped out overnight outside a Wells Fargo and in may advocates packed the bi-yearly NYC Banking Commission meeting, calling on the Mayor and Comptroller to end the city’s relationship with the bank.
Reporting in a number of media sources revealed that Wells Fargo workers targeted immigrants and Native Americans to open unwarranted and fraudulent accounts. These, and other illegal practices, have led federal regulators to downgrade Wells Fargo’s rating to “needs improvement”.
NYC Designated Banks require a “satisfactory” rating so the NYC Banking Commission voted to end any further contracts with Wells Fargo.
Indigenous leaders are now calling on the Mayor and Comptroller to end the city’s relationship with JPMorgan Chase and the other banks funding pipelines that violate indigenous sovereignty and fuel climate disaster.
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