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Protesters urge TD Bank to divest from pipeline

Dec 02, 2016 7:00 am

Rosa Acheson is reporting in the Register-Star local residents gathered outside TD Bank on Fairview Avenue in Greenport Thu., Dec. 1, calling on the bank to divest from the Dakota Access Pipeline project. The Standing Rock Solidarity Network declared Thursday a Global Day of Action in support of the nationwide effort to stop the pipeline. Protesters had either already closed their accounts with TD Bank and advised others on choosing alternative banks, or they closed out their accounts during the event. Bryan MacCormack of Hudson withdrew his account during the event Thursday. "I’ve been with TD [Bank] since 2008 or 2009, but TD Ameritrade is heavily invested in the Dakota Access Pipeline and I don’t want my money to be funding that, something that is jeopardizing the drinking water of indigenous people," MacCormack said. Bob Elmendorf of Malden Bridge was at the event and said TD Securities has contributed more than $360 million to the pipeline project. Christine Julig, of Cairo, supported the protesters in Hudson. Julig said the Hudson protest stood in solidarity with Native Americans in North Dakota. "I think it’s a good thing they’re doing," she said. Read the full story in the Register-Star.