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Dear President Tom Sullivan and the UVM Board of Trustees,
We, University of Vermont students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members call on you to close your account and cut ties with TD Bank - a bank that has invested $365,000,000 into the Dakota Access Pipeline, a fossil fuel infrastructure project which threatens the sovereignty of the Lakota people in North Dakota, their water supply, and which would only exacerbate climate change and the decline of precious ecosystems.
Continued construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, a process which has become increasingly volatile towards those who have spent months protecting their land and resources, is a serious threat that intersects environmental, social, economic and racial justice. As Vermont’s largest public University, and as an institution that prides itself for its values and progress regarding sustainability, clean and renewable energy, combatting climate change and human rights, we believe UVM has a moral and ethical responsibility to be leader in supporting water protectors at Standing Rock by divesting from TD Bank. That responsibility is compounded by the role that this university played in the eugenics movement, which included the forced sterilization of the Abenaki people.
Sincerely the undersigned,