On March 21, 2023, Puget Sound activists demonstrated on Seattle’s Capitol Hill in front of bank offices to call attention to fossil fuel investments by the banks. The rally began with speeches including Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action’s Bobbi Righi reminding us of childhood advice to “leave this place better than we found it”. Then, Stop the Money Pipeline organizer Alec Connon urged us to call Washington State Government Treasurer, Mike Pellicciotti, to pressure him to use our state pension fund to vote for climate justice and Indigenous rights at the annual shareholder meetings of big banks this spring. Office of the State Treasurer: (360)-902-9000.
The program included singalong songs “Do it now”, “Warning Bells” and “We’re gonna roll” led by the Seattle Labor Chorus and Raging Grannies and a “tap” dance in honor of the lead group, Third Act of Puget Sound, TAPS.
Immediately following the rally, folks marched up Broadway, making visits to Wells Fargo Bank, Chase Bank, and Bank of America with signs, chants and songs. At each bank they cut up credit cards, actually and symbolically, to close accounts and delivered pledges to do so, signed by tens of thousands of bank customers around the country.
Third Act Puget Sound (TAPS) is partnering locally with Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA), Stop the Money Pipeline, 350 Seattle, and 350 Eastside. Any may join our PTFGND Coalition as well. At our next meeting on April 18th, TAPS organizers will tell us about next proposed actions.