Saturday, February 11th - Don't support banks that support the pipeline

Today's action is a little different, because it's the weekend.  Today the idea is to consider who you are supporting and where your money is going.  Below is a letter from Pete Leki, ecology team at Waters Elementary and a respected and important member of our community.  If we want to protect our environment, we need to consider all sources.

Vote with your bank account

A letter from Pete Leki

Dear Friends, 

I am a long time resident, teacher, grandfather, and organizer for local and regional natural areas restoration projects. I teach field ecology at Waters school.

I am sending out this message in an attempt to reach the widest possible local audience. Things are so wrong, and so many people are searching for ways to try to put them right. 

This is one of my family's small efforts in that direction. 

If your readers feel compelled, 

we invite you to join us in divesting from financial institutions that are complicit in the destruction of our beautiful planet and our future. 

The banker at the local Chase bank congratulated us for "doing the right thing", and told us that there were already a number of other people who closed their accounts. 

A graphic showing the banks that are investing in the DAP can be found at:'s-banking-dakota-access-pipeline

Pete Leki and family

PS Below is a link to some video footage from the Chase lobby after divestment.


The letter to Chase:

We are sorry to inform you that we are closing our Savings Account at your bank effectively immediately.

We are moving our funds to banks that will use our funds more ethically than Chase has chosen to do. We are speaking of Chase's support for the Dakota Access Pipeline in particular, and other environmentally destructive projects generally. These projects not only immediately threaten our groundwater, desecrate the land, and are marked by violence and terrorism against those who object to them, they also will ultimately lead to the burning of more fossil fuels, exacerbating climate change and threatening life on Earth.

We've always had a good relationship with our local bank tellers and managers, but Chase investment decisions are unwise, greedy and threaten our planet and the future that our children will inherit. We will be encouraging our neighbors and friends to also divest from Chase and transfer those funds to community banks and credit unions. 

We will be watching for Chase to put in place more ethical and earth-friendly investment decisions. In the meantime we will not let our hard-earned funds be used for evil. 


Pete Leki and Debbie Albano

Illinois Senate Bill Requiring Presidential Candidates Release Tax Returns

Hey look, this again.  Seems like we care about it.

I love this.  Illinois Senator Daniel Biss has put forth a bill (SB982) requiring that any candidate on the Illinois ballot release 5 years of tax returns. We are now one of a dozen or more states filling similar legislation.  This is what our current president has done: require codification of norms that had always been enforced through human decency.  Also, it shows the power of the state and why we are going to fight so hard to take back the states in 2018. Full text of the bill is here.

Let's make sure our state Senators know we support this bill.  If you live in Biss's district, give him a call thanking him and letting him know you support his bill.  If not, call your state senator and let him or her know you support this bill and ask them to throw their support behind it. Let's use our state to fight back against our Washington nightmare. For State Senators, you can get away with leaving a message and they will probably actually call you back.  Otherwise, a fun idea is to find them on social media and lobby them there.  They are much more accessible than national Senators.

Jason Rieger