On Springfield

Monday Rally Targets Pipeline Investment

Protestors will gather outside the TD Bank at 1441 Main St. on Monday, Sept. 9, at noon to draw attention to the bank’s investments in the controversial Keystone pipeline and “worsening climate change,” in the words of organizers.

The protestors will ask the bank manager to “write a letter to the TD CEO, urging him and the Board of Directors to divest its holdings and loans to TransCanada, the Canadian energy giant that is developing the vast Tar Sands Oil mine in Alberta.” They’ll also make a public call for President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to reject the pipeline plan.

The rally will include speeches by Sister Denise Granger of the Sisters of St. Joseph’s Peace and Justice Office and the Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas of Amherst’s Grace Episcopal Church, Michaelann Bewsee of Arise for Social Justice and Malcolm Chu of Springfield No One Leaves, plus Ernesto Cruz, an at-large City Council candidate.

Protests are planned at TD Banks in Holyoke, Northampton, Amherst and Greenfield that day as well.

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