Activists opposing the Trump administration’s rollback of U.S. ecological and climate policies are facing felony charges after unfurling a banner from Trump Tower in Chicago.Six individuals, including 4 Greenpeace USA activists, were charged on Sunday after “causing a disruption”during a July 7 action, according to Chicago Authorities Department. The 50-by-35-foot sheet they unfurled from the tower’s 16th flooring caused “comprehensive damage to the structure,” cops said in an emailed statement.The banner, emblazoned with the words “Resist”and “Protect,” was meant as a show of defiance to the President Trump’s anti-climate program, Greenpeace said.Trump on June 1 revealed he would withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, a global treaty to combat global warming supported by practically the entire world. He’s also begun unwinding U.S. policies to suppress greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and lorries. His administration, meanwhile, has actually reversed a number of Obama-era rules to limit air and water contamination from fossil fuel production, in a bid to increase coal, oil, and gas development regardless of the ecological repercussions.” These are things that are going to damage the health and wellness of American neighborhoods and neighborhoods throughout the world, “Jason Schwartz, a representative for Greenpeace, said by phone.” These activists [in Chicago]
were aiming to bring light to that,” he said.Four Greenpeace activists were all accuseded of one felony count each of criminal damage to residential or commercial property and a misdemeanor count of reckless conduct. They are: Jeremy Alpert of Glencoe, Illinois; Taylor Blevons of Deerfield, Illinois; Wendy Jennings of Minneapolis; and David Khoury of Leslie, Arkansas.Two other females were accuseded of misdemeanor reckless conduct however weren’t connected to Greenpeace.On Sunday afternoon, Schwartz said Greenpeace was
in the procedure of posting bonds for the 4 activists, who have been held in prison because Friday.
He said he was confident authorities would drop the felony charges.