My News LA – March 10, 2017

City Hall protest: Divest Wells Fargo for Dakota Access Pipeline

About 100 protesters marched downtown Friday to City Hall, demanding that Los Angeles cut its financial ties with Wells Fargo bank because of its investment in the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.

Last month, the Seattle City Council voted to end its banking contract with Wells Fargo when it expires in 2018 due to its financial support of the project.

The cities of Davis and Santa Monica in California have made similar moves.

“We come here to call upon Los Angeles to divest its money from Wells Fargo,” UCLA student and Native American activist Shannon Rivers, who addressed the crowd, told City News Service. “We need to consider how we respond and act in a capitalistic society, how we constantly destroy and pollute Mother Earth. Our air is poisoned, and we need to respond and act differently.”

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