Photos: ‘Boone Stands With Standing Rock’ Group Marches From ASU To Wells Fargo

Published Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 1:53 pm
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The local group, Boone Stands with Standing Rock, led a march from ASU campus to Wells Fargo, one of the financial institutions funding the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Photos submitted

On Tuesday afternoon, Boone Stands with Standing Rock led a march from Sanford Mall on Appalachian State University campus to Wells Fargo, one of the financial institutions funding the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Around seventy people attended the march, including students, professors, and community members.

Quoting LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, founder of the Sacred Stone Camp Ricki Draper said during the teach-in outside the bank: “Protecting water means no negotiation. Protecting water means no pipelines.”

Upon arrival at 4:00 pm, a smaller subset of the group of seventy entered the bank to deliver a letter and a list of signatures demanding that Wells Fargo cease bankrolling DAPL. When the group returned, they conducted a teach-in in front of the bank to provide information on how Wells Fargo is supporting the construction of the pipeline and how Boone can best support the water protectors’ efforts. Calls were made for supporters to move their money to a local credit union.

The march and teach-in were part of a National Day of Action in solidarity with the water protectors in Standing Rock. Marchers declared #MniWiconi #WaterisLife as they demanded that financial institutions stop bankrolling the DAPL. There were also public demonstrations held on the 15th in Asheville, NC; Charlotte, NC; Greensboro, NC; Raleigh, NC; Johnson City, TN; Knoxville, TN; and across the country.

Wells Fargo is one of the 17 financial institutions that have loaned Dakota Access LLC $2.5 billion to construct the pipeline. Wells Fargo has invested $467 million in the Dakota Access Pipeline and has also committed substantial resources to the Energy Transfer Family of companies in order to construct more oil and gas infrastructure.

Since April, over 200 indigenous nations have come together to block the construction of DAPL, a $3.8 billion 1,172 mile fracked-oil pipeline.

 

 

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At Wells Fargo on Tuesday afternoon.

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Outside Wells Fargo, a teach-in was held on the part the bank plays in funding DAPL and what you personally can do to show your support for water protectors in Standing Rock. #noDAPL #WaterisLife

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A small group heads into the bank to deliver at letter demanding Wells Fargo divest from the pipeline, a choice reflecting the best interests of the people and the land. #noDAPL #WaterisLife

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A tree on Sanford Mall with the sign “Reject the Pipeline.”

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Making signs on Sanford Mall

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Paige Hinson, Will Nickels, and Cassidy Quillen stand with Standing Rock and marched to Wells Fargo to demand that Wells Fargo stop bankrolling the Dakota Access Pipeline and stand in solidarity with the water protectors in Standing Rock. #NoDAPL #WaterisLIfe #MniWiconi

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We gathered on Sanford Mall and March on Wells Fargo: #NoDAPL to join a national day of action in solidarity with the water protectors in Standing Rock.

 

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Professor Reck vowed his support to stand with Standing Rock.

See more photos here: https://www.facebook.com/boonestandswithstandingrock/

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