Susan Sarandon Reveals How Everyday Americans Unknowingly Fund the Dakota Access Pipeline

Nov 6, 2016 by

Activism

“We have to put our money where our mouths are.”


Photo Credit: The Young Turks/YouTube

Academy Award-winning actress and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Susan Sarandon wants all Americans to be following the ongoing North Dakota Access pipeline action.

“I haven’t been able to get to North Dakota [yet],” Sarandon admitted in a November 3 interview with The Young Turks’ host Cenk Uygur.

“I went to DC beforehand, before I came here, when [the pipeline protesters] filed their suit, so I was there protesting, but I was sitting at home and I just thought, you know, when I saw who’s responsible for keeping the pipeline going, I realized I was,” Sarandon revealed. “Because I’m in Chase, I’m in Citibank… and I thought we have to divest, we have to do what we did in South Africa 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.”

Sarandon wrote up a petition targeting big banks involved with the pipeline, including HSBC, UBS, Goldman Sach, and Wells Fargo. She also started the hashtag #BankExit.

“You’re gonna spook them, Susan,” Uygur told Sarandon, adding that, “when you talk about money then they get worried.” Uygur asked Sarandon to explain exactly why she’s so upset about what’s happening in North Dakota.

“They are putting the pipeline through land that is sacred land, that would be the same as, you know, digging up graves in the cemetery or going tearing down a cathedral for [Native Americans],” pointed out Sarandon. “So these people that have suffered so much already because of our greed and our hostility are now in yet another battle trying to protect not just their water, but our water, because this watershed services 17 million people.”

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Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

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