Connecticut Joins with Tar Sands Blockade and Over 25 Communities Worldwide Taking Bold Actions to Defend Our Homes From Dirty Energy and Climate Change
Bridgeport, CT – November 19 - Today, Capitalism vs. the Climate dropped a banner visible from the I-95 highway and rallied in Bridgeport protesting Chase’s policies endangering communities and the climate. The events are part of a week of solidarity actions by more than 25 communities across the world to demonstrate an urgent need to address the climate crisis. These actions are in direct response to the aftershock of Hurricane Sandy, closing out the hottest year on record and the ongoing ecological devastation of tar sands extraction.
In mid-afternoon, the new Connecticut-based direct action group Capitalism vs. the Climate dropped a banner from the Housatonic Community College parking garage roof. The banner displayed the Chase logo turned into a hurricane and the text “Tar Sands = Sandy. Funded By Chase.” It was visible to south-bound drivers on the I-95 highway and from the College courtyard.
“From foreclosures to the Keystone XL pipeline to coal and climate change, Chase’s policies disproportionately hurt low-income communities, especially in Connecticut’s black and Latino neighborhoods. It is impossible to separate environmental and economic justice issues,” said Carmen Cordero, a Capitalism vs. the Climate member and environmental justice campaigner in Hartford. Climate change continues to place a disproportionate burden on low-income communities and communities of color around the world, and today’s events highlight this struggle as locals rise up to defend their homes from climate chaos.
After the banner drop, the group picketed outside the Chase branch on Boston Avenue, urging customers to move their money to local credit unions. The group distributed flyers documenting how banks started foreclosing on 151 Bridgeport homes in October and how Chase has underwritten $14 billion to companies operating in the tar sands since 2007.
This week’s actions are happening in more than 25 locations including the following. The St. Louis group’s decision to target Chase was coordinated with Capitalism vs. the Climate.
- Saturday, November 17 – Occupy Sandy and Stop Spectra Pipeline Coalition takes action to respond to the devastation of the climate super powered storm, Hurricane Sandy and put an end to hydro-fracking.
- Sunday, November 18 – Over 3,500 people rally at the White House to call on President Obama to reject the permit for the Keystone XL northern segment. Event organized by 350.org, Sierra Club, and other allies.
- Monday, November 19 – Dozens of community members rally in Nacogdoches, Texas to oppose the construction of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline from endangering their homes. Tar Sands Blockade will be taking nonviolent direct action to halt its construction.
- Monday, November 19 – Community organizations in St. Louis are taking action to target JP Morgan Chase for bankrolling the tar sands extraction. Event organized by Missourians for Empowerment and Reform and Climate Action St. Louis.
- Monday, November 19 – Residents of Salt Lake City are performing theatrical exhibitions outside The Bureau of Land Management for its approval of public lands for the first tar sands mine in the US. Event organized by Peaceful Uprising and Utah Tar Sands Resistance.
“It’s encouraging to see these solidarity actions spring up across the globe in response to the escalating devastation of climate change,” said Nicole Browne of Tar Sands Blockade, who helped put out the call for the solidarity actions. “From the Alberta tar sands to the forests of East Texas and all around the world, these actions give hope to people everywhere who are defending their homes from reckless energy extraction that is fueling climate chaos.”
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