Dear JP Morgan Chase
In light of recent human rights violations and in recognition of JPMorgan Chase’s funding involvement with the North Dakota Keystone pipeline i would like to close all of my bank accounts. I should have done this after the economic crash of 2008 which show the extent to which this Bank is committed to profits over people’s lives. I just returned from Standing Rock North Dakota where unarmed nonviolent indigenous led water protectors are demanding their basic human rights to protect their land and their water resources from imminent oil pollution by the pipeline. They are being met with water cannons in sub-zero temperatures as well as being shot with tear gas rubber bullets and pepper spray One woman will likely lose her arm from a concussion grenade. I can verify from my own experience amidst this police brutality that all of the water protectors are unarmed and adamantly adhering to the principles of non-violence. This is a human rights atrocity, a violation of state, federal and international law, and the US Constitution’s rights to freedom of speech life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Chase bank’s involvement also highlights an investment in fossil fuels despite the broader global issue of climate change. I refuse to support further investment in this toxic and destructive industry especially as we now have sufficient renewable energy technologies to power the globe without any of it I recognize that my small account balances are not significant to a big bank so I’m also sharing this withdrawal publicly and encouraging my network to close their accounts in kind. Please reconsider your investment strategy and prioritize clean energy that respects indigenous peoples rights and basic human decency.
Sincerely, Justin bench