Alec Connon

Alec Connon

Alec Connon is the coordinator of the Stop the Money Pipeline coalition, a coalition of over 120 organizations working to stop the flow of money from Wall Street to the fossil fuel industry. He is also a writer. His first novel, The Activist, was published in 2016. Follow him on Twitter: @alecconnon

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On Friday, hundreds of activists in San Francisco painted the street outside of Wells Fargo’s headquarters, urging the bank to both stop funding Line 3, and remove Noski from the head of the bank. (Photo: Arthur Koch) Views
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
When It Comes to the Climate Crisis, Those Responsible Should Be Held Accountable
Along with many others, I’ve spent the last four years urging JPMorgan Chase to stop providing financial services to the fossil fuel industry. It’s been no easy task. Since the Paris Agreement was signed, Chase has loaned more than $317 billion to the fossil fuel industry—33% more than any other...
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On the night before JPMorgan Chase's annual shareholders meeting in May of 2020, activists with Stop the Money Pipeline projected 30-foot-tall images of people holding protest signs with messages calling on CEO Jamie Dimon to "stop funding fossil fuels" on a wall across from his apartment in New York City. (Photo: Erik McGregor/Stop the Money Pipeline/Facebook) Views
Wednesday, October 07, 2020
From the Jailhouse to Wall Street: How Change Happens
It’s now after one o’clock in the morning. The streetlights cast long shadows. It’s dark and cold. There are about forty of us still standing outside the King County jailhouse, drinking surreptitious beers and cold coffees as we bounce on our toes to try and stay warm. We’ve been here for hours,...
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"There are two great centers of power in this nation: Washington DC and Wall Street," writes Connon. "Both are capable of changing the world, and both, should they choose to do so, are capable of bringing to heel the fossil fuel corporations that are the single greatest contributors of greenhouse gas emissions and the single greatest opponents of climate progress. If Washington falls to Trump, climate activists will need to turn to Wall Street." (Photo: Phillipp/cc/flickr) Views
Thursday, October 01, 2020
Whatever Happens in November, Wall Street Must Act on the Climate Crisis
If Trump remains in power for another four years (either by winning the election or by staging a coup as is now a clear possibility), it will be a disaster for the entire progressive agenda. Voting rights will be further assailed, white supremacists will be further emboldened, and the chances of a...
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"The fossil fuel corporations funded by Wall Street cause vast harm to black communities," writes Connon, "yet, black communities reap almost no benefit from the industry." (Image: Flood Wall Street) Views
Wednesday, July 08, 2020
What Do the Racial Wealth Gap, Police Brutality, and the Climate Crisis Have in Common? Wall Street
In case you missed their tweets and statements , Wall Street wants you to know that it is definitely, without a doubt, very much not racist. Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, even took a knee for one particularly well-lit photo opportunity . Yet, peek behind the curtain and it’s clear that white...
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Climate justice is about far more than reducing emissions. It is about building a fairer and more just world. (Photo by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, June 04, 2020
Caring About the Climate Crisis Means Supporting the Demand to Defund the Police
Anyone who has watched the footage of a white police officer digging his knee into the neck of George Floyd should be able to understand the fury that is erupting across this country at the systemic devaluation of Black lives. But we need to do much more than simply understand it. Each of us needs...
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JPMorgan Chase is the world’s largest funder of fossil fuels. Without that money, the fossil fuel companies simply can’t afford to build their new mines, pipelines or fracking wells. (Photo: Antonia Juhasz/Twitter) Views
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
In the Fight to Curtail the Climate Crisis, the Earth Just Moved a Little
Some earthquakes are so earth-shatteringly disruptive that even people on the other side of the globe hear about them. Others are no more than little tremors, shifts in the ground that we might not even notice as we go about our daily business. To those paying attention, however, even these small...
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Tuesday, February 02, 2016
Who Really Needs A Super Yacht Anyway?
Coral reefs rival tropical rain forests as Earth's most abundant ecosystems. Despite only covering 0.2% of the ocean floor, nearly one million distinct species of fish, invertebrates and algae can be found among the world's reefs. As a result of this cornucopia of life, it is commonly said that...
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Saturday, November 28, 2015
The Gates Foundation Have Sold Their Exxon Stock – But Why?
At a time when the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been under unprecedented pressure to commit to fossil fuel divestment, their annual tax filings were released last week. The filings revealed that the Foundation's investments in fossil fuels have dropped by almost two-­thirds, from a huge $1...
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