And in New York City’s financial district, five activists were arrested Thursday as they nonviolently blocked the entrance of the investment giant Goldman Sachs. The arrests came as about 200 protesters gathered to denounce a conference between Goldman Sachs and pipeline and fossil fuel corporations.
Pete Sikora “I’m Pete Sikora, and I’m with New York Communities for Change. We’re here in front of Goldman Sachs’s headquarters to send them a message that they should not be funding oil and gas pipelines and collaborating with the Trump administration. We’re holding an image that shows Native peoples, indigenous peoples, who are under attack by Goldman Sachs and the Trump administration, who’s trying to build and finance projects like Dakota Access and Keystone XL.”
Judy Allen: “My name is Judy Allen. I’m from Putnam Valley. And we just want to show up to tell them that there’s cleaner alternatives. There’s solar. There’s wind. There’s geothermal. There’s tidal. There’s all kinds of energy. They should invest in that.”
Anastasia Skiumtalx McAllister: “My name is Skiumtalx, otherwise Anastasia. I’m from the Colville Confederated Tribes, the Entiat band. There are pipelines underneath us right now. There are pipelines being built right now. The nature is being harmed by pipelines right now. This is something that we are living. And I am here as proof that Native people will always be standing here, whether it is facing colonization through war or facing colonization through pipeline.”
Again, five people were arrested at the nonviolent civil disobedience outside the Goldman Sachs pipeline conference.