December 23, 2016
HOLLYWOOD — Jane Fonda turned 79-years-old on Wednesday. She and other celebrities, including Lily Tomlin, and Delores Huerta, led a march of #NoDAPL protesters to a Wells Fargo Bank on Vine Street in Hollywood, California. The group was among dozens of American Indians and other #NoDAPL allies who were part of the demonstration.
Her intention was to pull her money out of Wells Fargo as act of solidarity to those who are not supporting financial institutions, which Wells Fargo is one, that have financed the controversial Dakota Access pipeline. The bank branch was tipped off and Fonda was refused entry into the bank.
Fonda, a longtime supporter of American Indian causes dating back to the American Indian takeover of Alcatraz Island in 1969, was at Standing Rock during the Thanksgiving weekend last month, where she served food to water protectors who have been resisting the construction of the pipeline at Lake Ohae in the Missouri River, near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.
“We are here standing with Standing Rock for disinvestment,” Fonda commented outside the Wells Fargo bank branch. “As a customer of your bank, I reject the notion of your supporting the Dakota Access Pipeline, which is unjust. The fact that Wells Fargo invests money in DAPL shows gross corporate negligence.”
Fonda says the Energy Transfer Partners, the owner of the pipeline, has a poor history of oil spills and that financial institutions, such as Wells Fargo, should perform “due diligence” prior to funding pipeline.
Fonda won Oscars for her roles in “Klute” in 1971 and “Coming Home” in 1978. She currently stars in the Netfix series “Grace and Frankie.”