Susan Sarandon is emerging as a strong voice for sustainability, justice and equality, and has taken a stand against the looming inevitable environmental disaster(s) which would result from building the North Dakota pipeline.
Sarandon writes on her Facebook page,
“It’s time to #BankExit. Join me in telling big banks like Chase, Citi, Wells Fargo & Bank of America that we can no longer support them until they withdraw their investments in Energy Transfer Partners, the entity behind the Dakota Access Pipeline. #NoDAPL”
In an interview on The Young Turks, Susan Sarandon and Cenk Uygur discuss some of the issues around the North Dakota pipeline, and how we can influence the direction and autonomic profit reflex of corporations by more and more awakening people aligning their ethical values and financial assets with those companies and banks which are operating in the manner most closely reflecting those views. Its not a new idea, but like many good ideas timing is critical, and the mindset for change seems to be reaching a critical mass of people willing to undergo some personal inconvenience (changing banks), to show their commitment to certain key fundamentals like equality, environmental sustainability and respect for Mother Earth.
There’s no stopping an idea whose time has come. Water is life; we can’t drink money. Power to the People!! :)
“…when I saw who was responsible for keeping the pipleine going I realized I was…because I’m in Chase, I’m in Citibank. So I looked it up and it’s Well Fargo, Bank of America, Citigroup, of course Goldman Sachs and all those guys you’d expect to be part of it, and I thought we have to divest, we have to put our money where our mouths are, and we have to find a way to say we’re not going to be part of what you’re doing…
…there was a reason they didn’t put it (pipeline) in Bismarck the capitol, which is where it was originally supposed to go, they said move it over there, those people don’t have a voice. So we’re seeing a perfect example of racism at work for profit. And all the hatred that has been released in the Trump campaign which is despicable and horrible, but what about the reinforcement of racism that happens quietly in boardrooms, that happens quietly in banks, that happens seamlessly, smoothly, that’s really upsetting…
…when I saw the list (of organizations responsible for pipeline), and I see Bank of America, Citigroup, Chase, and I thought how can I keep going and using my debit card and getting my cash out knowing that I’m supporting the very people that are putting this pipeline through and doing everything that I’m against. We have to be so much more attentive to what we’re buying…that we’re not going to put money into this company when they’re doing this thing…we have to start connecting the dots. I’m not blaming anybody because my money is in some of these places but it’s time now to re-think.” – Susan Sarandon via Young Turks