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Alec Connon, (206) 258-9176

Elana Sulakshana, (703) 589-0040

350 Seattle

Activists to Shut Down Chase Branches Across Seattle With Song

Demonstration in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en Nation’s struggle for sovereignty.

Seattle, WA - 350 Seattle is organizing a protest on Friday, January 10 at Chase branches across Seattle and the Consulate General of Canada, in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en Nation. This week marks a critical juncture in the Wet’suwet’en struggle against Coastal GasLink, the multibillion-dollar fossil fuel corporation trying to ram a massive fracked gas pipeline through unceded Wet’suwet’en territory without consent.

On New Year's Eve, the British Columbia Supreme Court granted an injunction against members of the Wet’suwet’en nation who have been stewarding and protecting their traditional territories, located 18 hours north of Seattle in northern British Columbia. Following the court ruling, Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs, representing the five clans of the Wet’suwet’en Nation, served an eviction notice to Coastal GasLink and ordered the fossil fuel corporation off of their lands immediately.

“Coastal GasLink has violated the Wet’suwet’en law of trespass, and has bulldozed through our territories, destroyed our archaeological sites, and occupied our land with industrial man-camps,” wrote members of the Wet’suwet’en in a press release.

The Wet’suwet’en struggle has been in the spotlight this past month, following an explosive Guardian investigation revealing that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police were making preparations to to shoot Wet’suwet’en land defenders that stood in the way of Coastal GasLink one year ago.

In response to the imminent threat of yet another militarized raid, the Wet’suwent’en Nation have called for people across the globe to stand with them and organize actions in their communities this week. Heeding the call, 350 Seattle will be disrupting business at several branches of one Coastal GasLink’s largest funders: JPMorgan Chase, as well as at the Consulate General of Canada on Friday.

WHAT: Let Justice Echo at Chase: Wet’suwet’en Solidarity Action

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WHEN: Friday, Jan 10th, 10am - 1pm

WHERE: The action will begin at the Statue of Lenin in Fremont at 10am

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Protesters will be available for interviews before and after the event.

PHOTOS: Contact Alec (alec@350seattle.org) for high-resolution photos after the event.

This protest is occurring on the same day as a coalition of over nearly two dozen national organizations—including the Sierra Club, 350.org, Rainforest Action Network, The YEARS Project, and Union of Concerned Scientists—is launching a major new campaign, Stop the Money Pipeline, targeting the financial sector’s funding of climate chaos.

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350 Seattle works toward climate justice by organizing people to make deep system change: resisting fossil fuels; building momentum for healthy alternatives; and fostering resilient, just, and welcoming communities.

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