Yippee! A Partial Victory in ND


Norwegian Bank sells 10% stake in North Dakota Pipeline plus Video of Beating of Protester at Wells Fargo in Bismarck

By Stephen Fox

DNB was supplying 10% of the line of credit and has pulled the plug, a financial, public relations, and international stumbling block for the company behind DAPL; tell your friends and colleagues about this very good news, please. There is a petition directed to Obama on line to make it a national monument. Please find and sign it. Also, now is the time to be talking about this to Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and JPMorgan!

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I knew this would happen and wrote about this long ago at OpEdNews. Let’s hope some of the other banks will follow soon; now is the time to be talking about this to Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and JPMorgan.

http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Largest-bank-in-Norway-pulls-its-assets-in-Dakota-Access-pipeline–401768696.html

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Despite all of this good news, the Sheriff’s Deputies in North Dakota were recently beating protesters at Wells Fargo, until they were bleeding from the head, then covered with a towel, and then put in the law enforcement vehicles. Watch all of this here, please:

http://www.unicornriot.ninja/?p=11110

BREAKING NEWS, This report from Unicorn Riot:

“As soon as the march of water protectors approached Wells Fargo from the sidewalk, police quickly grabbed and arrested one man who was heading up the front of the march.

A few minutes after the first arrest, deputies from the Cass County Sheriff’s Department grabbed another man down the street and immediately began dragging him across the ground, slamming him to the pavement, and striking him with their fists and feet.

Witnesses told Unicorn Riot that the man was placed under arrest after attempting to hand Sheriff’s deputies a flower that he had picked.

Cass County Sheriff’s deputies continued to brutalize the man, punching, kicking and kneeing him, after moving him near a squad car across the street. The man was heard screaming that his shoulder had been dislocated, and also yelled that he was a military veteran who was having a panic attack.

Cass County Sheriff’s deputies who were restraining and beating the man were repeatedly heard saying “stop resisting” and “stop reaching for my gun.” Sheriff’s deputies and police officers worked to obstruct the view of the beating by creating a visual barrier with their bodies, as well as threatening all eyewitnesses present at the scene with arrest.

A bleeding wound on his head was visible as well as blood splattered on the ground. At some point during the incident, a transparent hood was placed over the man’s head.

Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney was present for this entire incident. When asked if the hood placed on the man’s head was a form of “hooding”, considered to be a form of torture under international law, Sheriff Laney stated that the bag on the man’s head was a “valid spit hood.”

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A press release from Greenpeace Thursday says the largest bank in Norway, DNB, sold its assets in the Dakota Access pipeline. They say this news follows the delivery of 120,000 signatures gathered by SumOfUs.org to DNB by Greenpeace Norway and others urging the bank and other financial institutions to pull finances for the project

Full press release from Greenpeace:

November 17, 2016

Largest bank in Norway sells its assets in Dakota Access pipeline

Washington, DC – The largest bank in Norway, DNB, has announced that it has sold its assets in the Dakota Access pipeline. The news follows the delivery of 120,000 signatures gathered by SumOfUs.org to DNB by Greenpeace Norway and others urging the bank and other financial institutions to pull finances for the project. DNB [click here]recently indicated that it is reconsidering the loan it provided, which amounts to 10 percent of the total funding.

In response to the news, Greenpeace Norway Sustainable Finance Campaigner Martin Norman said:
“It is great that DNB has sold its assets in the disputed pipeline, and it is a clear signal that it is important that people speak out when injustice is committed. We now expect DNB to also terminate its loans for the project immediately.”


“There should be a clause in the lending agreement that deals with human rights violations, and DNB should use it to get its money back and end all involvement in the Dakota Access pipeline. If they don’t have such a clause they must accept they have a bad contract and take the loss.”


Greenpeace USA spokesperson Lilian Molina said:
“The writing’s on the wall for the Dakota Access pipeline. People power is winning. The news that DNB has sold its assets and is considering terminating its loans is a victory for the water protectors who are fighting to stop this disaster of a project. All financial institutions with a stake in the pipeline must quickly realize that financing this project is toxic. It would be smart for them to get out ahead of the growing movement of customers looking to divest from banks that finance the destruction of our planet and ignore Indigenous rights and sovereignty. Citigroup, TD Securities, Wells Fargo, SunTrust, and the other banks backing this project should see this as a sign to get on the right side of history.”

“The writing’s on the wall for the Dakota Access pipeline,” Molina said. “People power is winning. The news that DNB has sold its assets and is considering terminating its loans is a victory for the water protectors who are fighting to stop this disaster of a project. All financial institutions with a stake in the pipeline must quickly realize that financing this project is toxic.

“It would be smart for them to get out ahead of the growing movement of customers looking to divest from banks that finance the destruction of our planet and ignore Indigenous rights and sovereignty. Citigroup, TD Securities, Wells Fargo, SunTrust, and the other banks backing this project should see this as a sign to get on the right side of history.”

The White House petition to stop construction of the DAPL pipeline currently stands at 378,000 signatures. In response, the Justice Dept has recently announced that they are inviting “[R]epresentatives from all 567 federally recognized tribes to participate in formal, government-to-government consultations on how federal decision-making on infrastructure projects can better allow for timely and meaningful tribal input.”

 

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Submitters Bio:

I have most recently started a Facebook group: Bernie Sanders: Advice and Strategies to Help Him Win! As the primary season advanced, we shifted the focus to advancing Bernie’s legislation in the Senate, particularly the most critical one, to protect Oak Flat, sacred to the San Carlos Apaches, in the Tonto National Forest, from John McCain’s efforts to privatize this national forest and turn it over to Rio Tinto Mining, an Australian mining company whose record by comparison makes Monsanto look like altar boys, to be developed as North America’s largest copper mine. This is monstrous and despicable, and yet only Bernie’s Save Oak Flat Act (S2242) stands in the way of this diabolical plan. I am an art gallery owner in Santa Fe in 1980 selling Native American painting and NM landscapes, specializing in modern Native Ledger Art. I have always been intensely involved in politics, going back to the mid’s 1970’s, being a volunteer lobbyist in the US Senate for the Secretary General of the United Nations, then “snowball-in-hell” campaign for US Senate in NM in the late 70’s, and for the past 15 years have worked extensively to pressure the FDA to rescind its approval for aspartame, the neurotoxic artificial sweetener metabolized as formaldehyde. Bills to ban aspartame were in the State Senates of New Mexico and Hawaii, but were shut down by corporate lobbyists (particularly Monsanto lobbyists in Hawaii and Coca Cola lobbyists in New Mexico). For several year I was the editor of New Mexico Sun News, and my letters to the editor and op/eds have appeared in NM, California, Wisconsin, New York, Maryland, the Christian Science Monitor, USA Today,and many international papers, on the subject of consumer protection. Our best issue was 10 days before Obama won in 2008, when we published a special early edition of the paper declaring that Obama Wins! This was the top story on CNN for many hours, way back then…. My highest accomplishment was a UN Resolution to create a new Undersecretary General for Nutrition and Consumer Protection, strongly supported by Indian and 53 cosponsoring nations, but shut down by the US Mission to the UN in 2008. To read it, google UNITED NATIONS UNDERSECRETARY GENERAL FOR NUTRITION, please. If Bernie wins, that may still come to pass. In my capacity as Editor of the Santa Fe Sun News, Fox interviewed Mikhail Gorbachev: http://www.prlog.org/10064349-mikhail-gorbachev

About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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