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  • ChefEric (218 posts)
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    My Small Act of Solidarity with the Water Protectors

    Today I broke up with PNC Bank. We had been together for 21 years. Here’s how I came to my decision:

    Inspired by WillyT’s numerous posts on the Dakota Access pipeline, I did a little digging and found out that PNC Bank has a fairly cozy relationship with Energy Transfer Partners, which is one of the parent companies of Dakota Access LLC.

    It’s pretty clear to me that PNC’s involvement in this pipeline mess is not nearly as deep or direct as that of some other banks (e.g., Wells Fargo and Citibank). Nevertheless, I figured that any involvement is too much involvement, and I didn’t want to be an enabler in any way. It’s as simple as that.

    The manager at PNC asked me why I was closing my accounts, and I explained it to her. She handed me my cashier’s checks, and I took them to my local credit union, Trumark Financial, so that I could deposit them into a new checking account. The teller at the credit union showed some curiosity about why I was making the move, and so I explained it to him too. He told me that I wasn’t the first person to talk to him about the Dakota Pipeline, and that a former Wells Fargo customer recently brought his money there for the same reason.

    I want to give a great bit thank you to WillyT for raising my awareness about the water protectors and the movement to defund the pipeline.


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  • RadicleFantast (1636 posts)
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    1. A million little leaks in pipeline funding

    will make them notice that its not flowing like they had hoped.

    Thanks for the post & reporting about the CU teller.

    “We’re not going to accept no more hemming and hawing. No more game playing. Make your stand.”

    • hopemountain (2342 posts)
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      2. absolutely… little nibbles and gnawings can

      bring down just about anything.

      "economic and environmental justice is spiritual work." ~ tom b. k. goldtooth .... "question everything – including, organizations touting labels proclaiming stewardship of living things and high ideals when in truth, they fanatically practice the stewardship of exploitation, greed, and destruction."