On the 14th of September, activists opposing construction of the Dakota Access pipeline shut down two branches of TD Bank. Several of the protesters on Sep 14th drove all the way from Standing Rock, N Dakota, an over 20 hour drive. TD Bank is a major investor in the pipeline, just as they were a major investor in the failed attempt to build the Keystone XL. During that campaign some called them “Tar Dollar” bank. The first branch locked out customers after an advance team of three entered the branch to read out a letter condemning their investments in the pipeline. The second branch was found locked when protesters reached it, it is unknown if they had been locked up all through the protest at the first branch or locked up when activsts departed from there. TD Bank locked down so protesters didn’t have to it seems.
During the protest that kept the first TD Bank branch locked, one of the speakers reported that Facebook blocked Unicorn Riot’s live video of the 22 arrests on Sep 13, calling his feed “malicious.” Once again Facebook is singling out progressive activists for blocking and interference at strategically chosen times.