Multiple Activists Arrested After Blocking Street In Protest of Chase Bank

Seattle, WA – May 7th, 2018

Activists erect “tarpees”, structures originally designed for Standing Rock, in the middle of 2nd Ave between Union St. and University St. in downtown Seattle. Their protest of Chase Bank and it’s continued investment in climate change brought a large response from both Seattle police and fire.

14 activists were arrested, 10 at street level, 4 sitting on tarpees.

From the Facebook event page…

“We’ll be honest — we’re angry. For over a year we have been calling on JPMorgan Chase to stop financing new tar sands pipelines. We’ve held huge protests, made front page news, delivered a petition signed by 152,000 people. We even met with their Pacific Northwest management.

And now… now we have learned that since Trump took office, JPMorgan Chase has quadrupled its investments in tar sands and increased its financing of coal by 2,100%. Yeah, the hurricanes may be brewing and the wildfires raging, but the 1% gotta make some more money, right.

And it gets worse: Chase is currently trying to block its own shareholders from introducing and voting on a resolution that would force it to complete a study into its tar sands investments.

We have no other option — on May 7th we are going to #ShutDownChase all over again.

We’ll be meeting at Westlake Park for a brief rally with speakers before traveling to visit a nearby bank, where we will meet with others.

What: #ShutDownChase – Rally & March
When: May 7th, April 30th, 9:30 AM
Where: Westlake Park, 401 Pine Street, Seattle

May 7th will be a major National Day of Action targeting JPMorgan Chase. There will be actions in at least a dozen cities across the county, including San Francisco, New York, Dallas and, of course, Seattle. The Day of Action comes a week before Chase’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) and it is the perfect time to make sure that its shareholders hear about its tar sands investments. To make this happen, we’re going to need a lot of help.

We hope that you can join us.

#ShutDownChase”

https://www.facebook.com/events/584000771959994/

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