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Trump Hotel – Saturday April 29, 7pm. Clad in blue and surging like the rising seas that threaten millions around the world due to climate change, activists staged a mass nonviolent action and sit-in at Trump International Hotel. Activists performed a choreographed motion, simulating the surging tides and severe storms that threaten millions around the world.
Activists said it was important to take direct action on the heels of the massive people’s climate march to show demonstrate that no matter where he goes or how loud his denial, the climate justice movement will show up to disrupt his business and brand at every turn.
Activists marched up 14th street to the White House, and then turned back down Pennsylvania avenue and proceeded to the Trump hotel, where they were met by a cheering crowd as they sang “The people gonna rise like the water, we’re gonna calm this crisis down. I hear the voice of my great granddaughter saying Flood Trump Flood Trump now.”
Once there, the crowd coordinated a motion, shouting, “rise, flood, recede” As they alternated standing, rushing forward towards the police barricades near the hotel entrance, and then receding back to the street.
Trump’s first 100 days in office have been an assault on vulnerable communities, common sense, common decency, and the climate: Under Trump the EPA, is facing a budget cut of nearly one-third. Scheduled for elimination are programs to clean up the Gulf of Mexico, address environmental justice, and criminal enforcement divisions to punish polluters like BP. Last month, the Department of the Interior announced 73 million more acres of the Gulf will be auctioned off this summer. Trump has issued dangerous executive orders curtailing climate research, ending pollution-reduction plans, and approving toxic pipelines like DAPL and KXL.