UVM - Divest from TD Bank - Rights and Democracy

UVM - Divest from TD Bank!

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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.

By continuing to bank with TD, you are complicit in a system that is working against your own stated values. We believe this is a defining moment for our country, and we are asking that the University of Vermont stand with us on the right side of history.

Sincerely the undersigned,

Elise Greaves, Class of 2014
Mari Cordes, RN at UVM Medical Center
FK, Associate Professor of History, UVM
David Feurzeig, Associate Professor, UVM
Terence Cuneo, Marsh Professor of Intellectual and Moral Philosophy
Shay Totten, resident of Burlington
Alison Nihart, Staff member, Class of 2012
Dan Wells, Lecturer, UVM Environmental Program
Adrian Burnett, Student
Jacqueline Carr, Associate Professor of History, UVM
Ethan White, Class of 2015
Sarah Carbonneau, Class of 2016
Anthony E. Grudin, Associate Professor, UVM
Sarah E. Turner, Senior Lecturer, English

Who's signing

Kalinen Barrows
Leigh Steele
Julie Macuga
Brian Clifford
Bridget Carsky
Sara Kassel
Nina Jaffe
Asher Lehrer-Small
Lindsay Foreman
Joanna Weinstock
Bill StCyr
Berkley Heath
Charen Fegard
Louise Andrews
Jessica Sankey
Caleb Guziak
Erin McIntosh
Geena Zick
Allie Pankoff
Abby Johnsen
Elizabeth Robideau
Hannah Burnham
Caroline Spiccioli
Jim Vires
Mary Robideau
Katherine Helmer
Gilkian Boudreau
Lily Myers
170 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Kalinen Barrows
    signed 2018-04-03 10:40:26 -0400
    UVM-CESS Class of 2019
  • Leigh Steele
    signed 2017-10-05 14:10:33 -0400
  • Julie Macuga
    signed 2017-05-07 15:39:03 -0400
  • Brian Clifford
    signed 2017-03-01 20:20:46 -0500
    Brian Clifford
  • Bridget Carsky
    signed 2017-02-25 02:19:31 -0500
    Bridget Carsky
  • Sara Kassel
    signed 2017-02-04 20:28:32 -0500
  • Nina Jaffe
    @vtcopyeditor tweeted link to this page. 2017-01-25 09:57:47 -0500
    Sign the petition: UVM - Divest from TD Bank! http://www.radvt.org/uvmdivestment?recruiter_id=74031
  • Nina Jaffe
    signed 2017-01-25 09:57:27 -0500
  • Asher Lehrer-Small
    signed 2017-01-23 12:20:35 -0500
  • Lindsay Foreman
    signed 2017-01-17 17:52:12 -0500
    Lindsay Foreman
  • Joanna Weinstock
    signed via 2016-12-21 14:42:53 -0500
    UVMCOM class of 1997
  • Bill StCyr
    signed 2016-12-16 15:32:46 -0500
    It is time to vote with our wallets….
  • Berkley Heath
    signed 2016-12-12 17:44:33 -0500
    Berkley Heath
  • Charen Fegard
    signed via 2016-12-10 08:54:56 -0500
  • Louise Andrews
    signed via 2016-12-09 23:44:32 -0500
  • Jess Sankey
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-12-09 19:57:45 -0500
    Sign the petition: UVM - Divest from TD Bank!
  • Jessica Sankey
    signed 2016-12-09 19:57:11 -0500
  • Caleb Guziak
    signed 2016-12-08 17:10:36 -0500
  • Erin McIntosh
    signed via 2016-12-08 15:45:21 -0500
  • Geena Zick
    signed 2016-12-08 14:52:37 -0500
    UVM Class of 2020
  • Allie Pankoff
    signed via 2016-12-08 13:39:42 -0500
  • Abby Johnsen
    signed 2016-12-08 12:19:18 -0500
  • Elizabeth Robideau
    signed via 2016-12-08 10:05:10 -0500
    A school that devotes so much to the environment should divest from fossil fuels.
  • Hannah Burnham
    signed via 2016-12-08 10:03:03 -0500
  • Caroline Spiccioli
    signed 2016-12-08 09:57:49 -0500
    Caroline Spiccioli
  • Jim Vires
    signed 2016-12-08 05:00:14 -0500
  • Mary Robideau
    signed via 2016-12-08 00:47:03 -0500
    Mary Robideau
  • Katherine Helmer
    signed 2016-12-07 23:15:31 -0500
  • Gilkian Boudreau
    signed 2016-12-07 22:48:59 -0500
  • Lily Myers
    signed 2016-12-07 22:43:28 -0500
    Lily Myers, Class of 2018

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