The Green Action club and Black Student Union held a silent rally and protest against the Dakota Access pipeline and Wells Fargo Bank on Nov. 16.
Members of Lehigh University, the LEPOCO Peace Center and the Alliance for Sustainable Communities – Lehigh Valley gathered around the UC flagpole for the rally. Dar Khabbaz, a Cherokee ceremonial leader, Dan Hunter, Rob Aptaker and Grandmother Shirley Khabbaz, of Cherokee heritage, began the silent rally with drumming and singing.
After the rally, protesters marched off campus and headed to Wells Fargo, located on 301 Broadway. There, Andrew Goldman, ’19, a member of Green Action’s executive board, lead a protest against Wells Fargo Bank for supporting and funding the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
The protesters later returned to campus to end the protest in a discussion at the flagpole. On the walk back to the flagpole, the protesters were stopped by Bethlehem police who questioned what the protesters were doing and where they were organizing from. The photos from the protest can be seen here.