March 3rd: Take action against RBC tar sands financing!
Posted by ccjn on February 14, 2010
In this action call-out the Rainforest Action Network invites activists out to a protest in Toronto — while also inviting organizers to make arrangements for local solidarity actions, outside of Toronto –
All Out March 3rd – Tell RBC shareholders: Stop bankrolling tar sands!
On March 3rd, the Royal Bank of Canada will hold its annual general meeting of shareholders’ at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. It’s the one time every year that the bank’s top executives, board and other decision makers gather in the same place to hear from shareholders. This year, we want them to hear from you!
Since 2007 RBC has backed more than $16.7 billion (USD) in loans to companies operating in the tar sands—more than any other bank. Expansion of the tar sands is trampling the rights of Indigenous peoples, destroying globally significant ecosystems and significantly increasing Canada’s carbon emissions.
Representatives from several First Nations impacted by tar sands expansion will attend the meeting to demand that RBC recognize the right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent for Indigenous communities and suspend its financial support for tar sands expansion.
Join us for a morning of creative, non-violent direct action culminating in a rally outside the Convention Centre at 2 pm to show solidarity with First Nations representatives.
When: morning actions, rally @ 2pm, March 3, 2010
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Accessible by the TTC, located just west of Union Station
For more information on the rally please contact: Eriel Deranger, firstname.lastname@example.org
Take Action in your area – If you are interested in organizing an action in your area to support folks in Toronto, please contact: Dave Vasey, email@example.com
Here’s the Facebook event posting –