Councilmember Kshama Sawant speaks at the rally.
Councilmember Kshama Sawant speaks at the rally.

Mayor Ed Murray got a phone call with a clear message on Saturday afternoon: Seattle's residents want the city to divest from fossil fuels.

On the back of the Seattle City Council's decision to divest from Wells Fargo because of the company's role as a lender for the Dakota Access Pipeline, a crowd of protesters gathered outside the major bank's Broadway and Republican location on Saturday, to encourage the city to completely divest from any company that deals with fossil fuels.

"No coal! No oil! We want our money back! Divest from fossil fuels!" chanted the protesters over the open phone line to the mayor's office.

The Seattle City Council bill approved early last week, co-sponsored by councilmembers Kshama Sawant and Tim Burgess, severs the city’s ties with Wells Fargo at the end of its contract in 2018. The move pulls an average $3 billion annually from the company.

"What we have shown through this victory this week, is that in an era of Trump, in an era of bigotry in the White House, it is no longer enough for politicians and local governments to utter platitudes about how they are against Trump,” Sawant said. “We demand action.”

During the rally, Matt Remle delivered the news that protesters had shut down I-5 in Bellingham. The crowd cheered in support.

"We are fighting for all of us in the 99 percent. We are fighting for people who are LGBTQ, our immigrant sisters and brothers, for women, and for black and brown people," Sawant said. "We are fighting for the treaty rights of our native sisters and brothers. And we are fighting for water rights and resource rights for all of humanity."

Remle, who has been on the front lines at Standing Rock, led the protesters in song, along with other indigenous members of the community, to close the protest.

Several actions are planned over the next couple months including a rally at noon Wednesday, Feb. 15, to pack city hall, and a rally for International Women's Day on March 8.

"Let's pack city hall and let the politicians know, we ain't done yet. This billionaire class seems invincible and they are powerful. Let's make no mistake,” Sawant said. “It seems, and it often is, a David vs. Goliath fight. But what we have shown, is that if we refuse to back down, we can make the seemingly impossible, possible."