Yesterday, three members of Hands Off Appalachia tried to hand deliver a letter to UBS Americas headquarters in Stamford, CT. UBS’ response? Twelve police officers and the bomb squad!
Do you know what’s even more ridiculous than that? The Stamford 14 were hit with a $16,000 restitution fee for their actions last fall! Help us out and DONATE to our legal defense fund: http://bit.ly/donateHOA
CvC was an initial signer of this important letter. Please read and have your group sign on!
Wells Fargo National Days of Action:
Climate Justice and Fossil Fuel Resistance Sign-on Letter
All injustices are inherently linked. In the 21st century one of the strongest links can be found in the massive financial institutions that fund myriad forms of economic, social and environmental destruction.
In 2013 Wells Fargo became the most profitable bank in America, raking in $21.9 Billion. This money was largely made by taking advantage of working-class people, funding the prison/deportation industrial complex, and from investing in the fossil fuel industry. Wells Fargo is perhaps most notorious for their abusive and criminal housing practices – foreclosing on tens of thousands of people a year and doctoring paperwork to speed up this process.
To call attention to these abuses, Occupy Our Homes and the Home Defenders League have called for National Days of Action against Wells Fargo on April 28-29th. The organizers for this mobilization are asking groups to hit Wells Fargo on all fronts.
Wells Fargo invests heavily in mountaintop removal coal mining, hydraulic fracking, tar sands oil extraction, the construction of new coal plants and other extreme energy projects. These investment practices must end.
Due to Wells Fargo’s support of the fossil fuel industry, and out of an understanding that all forms of injustice must be eradicated; we urge fellow climate justice and fossil fuel resistance groups to join this national action.
We stand in solidarity with all who have been affected negatively by Wells Fargo; and with the communities and populations that have been disproportionately impacted.
We stand with Occupy Our Homes and the Home Defenders League in their call for National Days of Action against Wells Fargo on April 28-29th and pledge to actively participate and support this mobilization. Housing is a human right. Migration is a human right. Clean air and water is a human right.
FANG: Fighting Against Natural Gas
Capitalism vs the Climate
More Trees Records
Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Water and Air
Fossil Free RI
Energy Action Coalition
Hands Off Appalachia
Maypop Collective for Climate and Economic Justice
Locate, or organize an action: https://actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/foreclose-on-wells-fargo
Sign on: http://bit.ly/1qtvCKz
Statement from D Steele, one of the 14 arrested in Stamford: “This is my limit, I will suffer no more”
…As I write this statement, I think of the the first solidarity campaign between Appalachia and Connecticut. When the final battle between the UMWA and Pittston happened, when UMWA miners traveled to the headquarters of Pittston, flanked by people in the northeast standing in solidarity in the fight for a fair wage, and a functional union; they ran face to face with all the powerful forces that constitutes what we call Capitalism..
Dan Fischer writes in Palestine Chronicle on “Zionism in Service of Fossil Fuel Extraction“.
With Israel branding itself as a model of environmental sustainability, many overlook the Zionist lobby’s support for extreme fossil fuel extraction in North America, from fracking to offshore drilling.
Historically, Israel has helped the US secure the flow of oil from the Middle East. In 1958, the US National Security Council stated, “if we choose to combat radical Arab nationalism and to hold Persian Gulf oil by force if necessary, a logical corollary would be to support Israel as the only strong pro-West power left in the Near East.” Now, pro-Israel organizations defend North America’s own energy flows.
Zionist leaders have gone so far as to form an alliance with oil and gas drillers. Named the Council for a Secure America, it has been hailed as potentially “one of the most significant coalitions in our industry” by the Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association.
Capitalism vs. the Climate joined with Hands off Appalachia on November 25th in a series of direct actions targeting mountaintop removal financier UBS in Stamford.
14 demonstrators were arrested. On Monday, December 2nd, the last of them were freed.
This is not the first time that people in Appalachia and Connecticut joined together to protest the coal bosses. In 1988-90, Appalachians went on strike against Pittston coal and traveled to protest the company’s HQ in Greenwich, CT. That strike won crucial health care and retirement benefits for miners in Virginia. Now, we will win in making UBS divest from blowing up mountains.
Here is a sampling of our actions’ sizable media attention:
Between the Lines (radio), “Direct Action Protest Hits Swiss Bank UBS for Role in Financing Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining”
Stamford Advocate (front page), “14 arrested in protest of Stamford based UBS”
Stamford Patch, “UBS protesters cause headache for police in downtown Stamford”
News 12 Connecticut (video), “4 “Hands Off Appalachia” protesters facing charges after protesting UBS by climbing atop crane”
The Struggle (video), “UBS is tearing up Appalachia” (starts at 24:42)
Also, on the 24th, Hands off Appalachia dropped a banner in the middle of UBS’ Thanksgiving parade in Stamford!
On Tuesday, April, Carmen, Nick and Vic had their charges reduced to two, non-criminal misdemeanors. The deal which the presiding Judge had to encourage a reluctant prosecutor to accept came with a hefty fine. The judge and prosecutor subsequently rejected a request that community service be done in leu of the fine.
Our #FearlessSummer heroes need your help! Please donate to their legal fund now to help them cover this large fine and other court fees: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=F2H4ZR6KHJD6L
Read more about their action here: http://environmentalheadlines.com/ct/2013/06/28/four-arrested-protesting-ubs-funding-of-mountaintop-removal-coal-extraction/
Join us to support April, Carmen, Nick and Vic at their court appearance: Thursday, July 11th at 9 am, at Stamford’s Superior Court: 123 Hoyt Street.
UBS, a Swiss-owned wealth management firm is one of the largest funders of mountaintop removal coal extraction. April, Carmen, Nick, and Vic were arrested while delivering a message to UBS at their headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut. Their message to UBS was simple: Stop funding the destruction of Appalachia.
As a form of peaceful protest April, Carmen, Nick, and Vic refused to leave unless UBS committed to cease funding mountaintop removal. As such, they were each charged with Criminal Trespass and Breach of Peace.
See each of them explain in their own words why they chose to risk their freedom to protect Appalachian mountains and communities:
Their first (and hopefully last) court date is Thursday, July 11th at 9:00 a.m. and they are looking for your support. If you are in the area or are willing to travel please consider coming out. If you can’t make it (or even if you can) please consider donating to their legal fund:
Please share this event on your profile and invite everyone that may be willing to support our heroes. Mountaintop removal is one of the most destructive things happening on our planet, April, Carmen, Nick, and Vic took a stand to help end the devastation, now it’s our turn to take a stand for them.
Read more about this action here: