Several Greenpeace activists hung a 70-foot political banner from a crane near the White House today. The banner measures 70-by-35 feet and is strategically positioned so that anyone looking at the South Lawn can clearly see the message directed at President Donald Trump. The sign has just one word – “RESIST’. According to Business Insider:
“The activists, including Greenpeace Board Chair Karen Topakian, are still on the crane with the sign as of Wednesday morning. According to Greenpeace, the activists have enough supplies to stay there for hours and intend to remain there throughout the morning, posting live updates and broadcasts to Greenpeace USA’s Facebook page.”
The act is a response to a deluge of executive orders intended to weaken environmental protection laws including steps to renew construction on the Keystone XL pipeline and freezing of all new grants and contracts issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Greenpeace released the following statement coinciding with the act of civil disobedience.
Days after Trump’s Inauguration, Activists Call for a Sustained Movement
Washington, DC – This morning, seven activists deployed a 70-foot by 35-foot banner of the word “Resist” above the White House. The activists from around the country are still in place, calling for those who want to resist Trump’s attacks on environmental, social, economic, and educational justice to contribute to a better America.
“People in this country are ready to resist and rise up in ways they have never done before,” said activist and Greenpeace Inc. Board Chair Karen Topakian. “While Trump’s disdain and disrespect for our democratic institutions scare me, I am so inspired by the multigenerational movement of progress that is growing in every state. Greenpeace has used nonviolence to resist tyrannical bullies since 1971, and we’re not going to stop now.”
The Greenpeace USA activists say they are prepared to stay in position throughout the morning to reach as many people as possible through live broadcasts on Greenpeace USA’s Facebook page, tweets from the activists’ twitter accounts, and media interviews.
“The sun has risen this morning on a new America, but it isn’t Donald Trump’s,” said Pearl Robinson, one of the activists who unfurled the banner. ”I fear not only the policies of the incoming administration, but also the people emboldened by this election to commit acts of violence and hate. Now is the time to resist. We won’t stand rollbacks on all the progress the people have made on women’s reproductive rights, LGBTQIA rights, the heightened awareness of state-sanctioned violence on black and brown folks, and the progress we have made on access to clean and renewable energy, an issue I have personally worked on my entire adult life.”
The action this morning comes after days of sustained protests against Trump, including the four activists who disrupted Rex Tillerson’s confirmation hearing with “Reject Rex” signs earlier this month, the veterans arrested in Senator John McCain’s office last week, and the hundreds of thousands of participants in Women’s Marches across the country over the weekend.
Since Trump has taken office, his administration has removed all mentions of climate change and LGBTQ rights from the White House website, taken steps to bring back the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines, and issued a press gag order on all employees of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Agriculture.
More importantly, where are all the Secret Service agents who normally patrol the top of the Whitehouse? Seems like a break in security protocol to have a giant crane overlooking the Whitehouse and nobody keeping an eye on it…
Check out more photos of the banner in the pictorial gallery below.