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Multi-Day March Demands Wells Fargo Bank to Stop Funding Big Oil

Hundreds to form human billboard to expose bank’s leading role in climate crisis; Rally at “Oily Wells” HQ in San Francisco on final day.

Mar 16, 2019. San Francisco Peninsula: Hundreds of marchers will trek 34 miles up El Camino Real and Mission Street from Palo Alto to downtown San Francisco chanting, praying and calling on Wells Fargo bank to halt fossil fuel lending and to invest instead in clean energy. The march, one of the longest of its kind, will serve as a human billboard about the climate emergency. It will end with a public rally at the bank’s headquarters at noon on March 18.

Led by Indigenous people and clergy, marchers young and old will pause at “stagecoach stops” to hear talks by environmental, labor and military veteran activists. They will join the Raging Grannies and Thrive Street Choir in singalongs, and enjoy guest appearances by our own Oily Wells.

WHAT: “March for Fossil Fuel Freedom”, a 3-day, 34-mile march featuring a cross-section of humanity (Youth! Grannies! Kids!) making a small sacrifice for the planet. Visuals include a moving “human billboard,” posters, protests, actions at  Wells Fargo bank branches and more.

WHERE: El Camino Real (Palo Alto to Colma), Mission St (Colma to SF). Exact stop addresses listed here.

WHEN: March 16th to 18th, 8:30 AM –  5 PM. Major rally at Wells Fargo headquarters on March 18 at noon.

VISUALS:

  • A sprawling column of marchers along the Bay Area’s busiest commercial strip
  • Dazzling signage featuring artistic graphics and clear messages (e.g. Freedom from Fossil Fuels!)
  • “Oily Wells” life-size puppet character putting a good face on climate disaster
  • Wide variety of “stagecoach stop” performances and appearances by civic leaders

WHO: Marchers from more than 50 grassroots organizations including SEIU 1021 and 521, Sierra Club, Idle No More SF Bay, Rainforest Action Network, Sunrise Movement Bay Area, Silicon Valley DSA. Civic leaders including Gayle McLaughlin, Redwood City Mayor Ian Bain, and San Francisco Supervisor Gordon Ma.

Press members are welcome to join us for any part of all three days. Information on the march is here.

The March for Fossil Fuel Freedom is sponsored by 350 Silicon Valley, an affiliate of climate justice group 350.org, which uses online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions to oppose new coal, oil and gas projects; take money out of the companies that are heating up the planet; and build 100% clean energy solutions that work for all.

To avert environmental, social and economic catastrophe, concerned citizens around the globe are heeding the U.N’s warning to take “rapid and far reaching” action within 12 years. 350 Silicon Valley joins hundreds of other groups in calling for divestment from fossil fuels, and a prohibition on new oil and gas infrastructure.

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