Passive Activism in Choosing Banks, Credit, Purchases

28 02 2017

We are at a point in time where privileged people giving up slightly their full-on conveniences in banks they bank with or credit cards they acquire or products they spend their money on will be what will create massive amounts of positive change in the world.


Today I officially left Chase Bank.  It took me about a month to choose another bank, transfer money and direct deposits, shut down credit cards, change investments, and do many other little things that just take some focused time.  I feel an insane high knowing that my money isn’t going to institutions that directly fund and help things like DAPL (the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock).  We all do things in different ways to create positive change in the world and it is hard to take on everybody else’s plight for creating that positive difference.  I am not trying to instill guilt in any way (as guilt action is detrimental to one’s health and short lived vs feeling purpose and empowerment and compelled to bring about lasting change) but if you think that it’s wrong to put in unwanted, massive oil pipelines under indigenous lands that will poison those lands and those people and do harm to the environment than I urge you to speak your activism with your money, investments, credit, and purchases.  Taking a month to align your finances to represent the change you want to see in the world is a small price to pay for people not living with the negative effects of DAPL and similar projects brought on by your actions with money.


Banks and credit lines directly or indirectly funding DAPL and such projects: Wells Fargo, BNP Paribas, Sun Trust, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Mizuho Bank, Citibank (Citigroup), TD Securities, Credit Agricole, Intense SanPaolo, ING Bank, Natixis, BayernLB, BBVA Securities, DNB Capital, ICBC London, SMBC Nikko Securities, Societe General, Royal Bank of Scotland, ABN Amro Capital, Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank), Citizens Bank, Comerica Bank, U.S. Bank, PNC Bank, Barclays, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Deutsche Bank, Compass Bank, Credit Suisse, DNB Capital/ASA, Sumitomo Mitsui Bank, Royal Bank of Canada, UBS, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Origin Bank (formerly Community Trust), HSBC Bank.


An article explaining more on the issue can be found at





One response

28 02 2017

Hell yes! Keep up the activism and writing, Ryan. I appreciate getting to read your thoughts- we need writing more than ever now.

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