On October 23rd, Vermonters joined actions all over the globe to let banks like TD Bank know we do NOT agree with funding climate disaster. Mazaska Talks called on indigenous people and allies everywhere to join a mass global action that made it clear to the banks: financing climate disaster and the abuse of Indigenous Peoples will result in a massive global divestment movement.
Here in Vermont, groups conducted peaceful, non-violent action aimed at encouraging TD’s customers to close accounts and, ultimately, for TD Bank to divest funding from any fossil fuel projects. There were actions held in Burlington, Brattleboro, Bennington, Montpelier, Barre, and Manchester. Below is a round up of images, press, and media from those actions. Check out the change we make when we work together!
BARRE & MONTPELIER
Organized by the Upper Valley Affinity Group. Community members from the Central and Upper Valley joined forces for two actions, located at the TD Bank branches in Barre and Montpelier.
Organized by 350Vt Bennington Climate Activists, Rights and Democracy of Bennington County, and Bennington College’s Bennington Environmental Action Group also supported and participated in the protest. Roughly 20 community members protested outside the TD Bank branch in downtown Bennington.Find further coverage from the Bennington Banner here.
Quoted in a UCC.org article, Marsh Hudson Knapp, a 350Bennington member, states “People around the world and from Bennington are speaking out for earth and her indigenous people on Bank Day, October 25, while 92 of the world’s largest banks meet in Brazil to discuss policies on the climate and indigenous people’s rights,” said Hudson Knapp said. “Folks in our town are encouraging customers of TD Bank to speak to their bank or to move their money to other places.”
Organized by Post Oil Solutions and the 99th Monkey Affinity Group. They organized an all day vigil and pseak out calling upon TD to divest itself of its investments in tar sands and fossil fuel infrastructure, and for TD Bank customers to end their relationship with the big bank.
“In Vermont, TD Bank is the target because of its long history of funding tar sands extraction, pipelines such as Keystone XL, and fossil fuel activities. ” – Facebook Event Page
Organized by 350Burlington, this protest included an all day picket line and table outside of the main st. TD bank location. At noon several speakers came to discuss their reason for divesting and supporting a state bank – watch the video below to hear what they had to say!
TD Bank Pipeline Divestment Rutland and Earth Matters Manchester join forces and rally outside TD Bank, 7th largest funder of tar sands pipelines DAPL and Keystone, and one of 92 banks funding fossil fuels worldwide refusing to recognize indigenous rights.