Erik McGregor is a New York City based artist, photographer and activist. Erik is a member of the People’s Puppets of Occupy Wall Street and co-writer of the Occupy Wall Street’s Declaration of the Occupation of New York City. As a published freelance photographer, he has documented activist groups actions in NYC since 2011.
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Indigenous Leaders, Activists at Goldman Sachs Pipeline Finance Conference Protest Giant Bank’s Oil and Gas Pipeline Investments and Links to Trump
New York, NY - On August 10, 2017; over 100 activists from indigenous, environmental and community groups held a protest outside Goldman Sachs headquarters in New York, as the bank hosts a private finance conference for oil, gas, and pipeline corporations. A 40-foot wide, 7-foot tall set of interlocking panels forming a large mural was held in front of the doors blocking the entrance to the building, resulting on 5 arrests..
Indigenous leaders and activists from the American Indian Community House, New York Communities for Change, Food & Water Watch, People’s Climate Movement – NY, Greenpeace, and the Sane Energy Project were protesting the banks’ financing of fossil fuel projects such as Dakota Access that destroy water and air quality and cause climate change, as well as the bank’s close ties to the Trump administration and violations of the sovereignty of Native American Nations and people.
Wall Street’s giant bank held a conference for the pipeline and fossil fuel corporations that seek to rip through indigenous communities; destroy our water and air quality; and fuel the climate crisis.
At this elite, private conference, Goldman will bring these corporations into one place to network with big investors and get financing for oil and gas projects such as Dakota Access, Pilgrim, KeystoneXL and other tar sands pipelines.
The focus of the action was to tell Goldman Sachs to stop financing oil, gas, coal, and pipelines and expose the banks control over Trump and the federal government.
The activists also urge New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to reject all fracking infrastructure projects, such as the Pilgrim Pipelines, which are also opposed by indigenous communities.