WASHINGTON D.C. (WUSA) — At least seven protesters have climbed a 270-foot tall crane at a downtown Washington construction site just blocks from the White House. The protesters are associated with the environmental group Greenpeace and are sending a message to President Donald Trump in the wake of his executive actions against the EPA.
Protesters climbed the crane around 8 a.m. and have now unfurled a 70-foot by 35-foot banner with the word “resist” written on it.
Greenpeace spokesman Travis Nichols says the action is a continuation of protests that began with Trump’s inauguration.
The protest comes a day after Trump’s administration moved to delay implementation of at least 30 environmental rules and froze new Environmental Protection Agency contracts and grant awards.
In a statement provided to WUSA 9, activist and Greenpeace Inc. Board Chair Karen Topakian says, “People in this country are ready to resist and rise up in ways they have never done before. 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 sun has risen this morning on a new America, but it isn’t Donald Trump’s,” says 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.”