TIAA is one of the biggest U.S. investment companies. It has more than half a trillion in holdings -- largely from public school teacher retirement funds.
And it's plowing piles of cash into the palm oil industry in Honduras -- causing massive deforestation and climate pollution.
But now indigenous leader Miriam Miranda is fighting back. In fact, she's generated so much pressure that she's been targeted by the government, kidnapped, and even jailed in an effort to intimidate her. But she has not backed down.
Now Miriam is asking for our help to make her voice heard at TIAA's next board meeting in New York City. Will you chip in to help fund her travel and organize the grassroots pressure we need to support her?
Miriam is from the Garifunas area in Honduras, which stands to be most affected by TIAA's palm oil investments. Land is being stolen from indigenous people and turned into massively polluting palm oil plantations that ruin the land's long-term productivity and increase global warming.
That's why Miriam and SumOfUs are teaming up to take the fight straight to TIAA's next board meeting, to pressure them to stop making investments that destroy communities and our environment.
Palm oil is a worldwide issue in which large corporations put profit before local communities and our environment. But we can only win by helping local communities take the fight to the corporations that threaten their communities and our planet.
To win, we need to show shareholders exactly the damage their work is causing. Let them meet the communities they are displacing.
But we need your help to make sure we can get Miriam to New York and provide the organizing support she needs to make her voice heard. Will you chip in today?