Mass Climate Protest Disrupts Financial District — Hundreds Currently Risking Arrest
Thousands ‘Flood’ Financial District Following Sunday’s Historic March
NEW YORK - 3,000 people dressed in blue are currently between Exchange Place and The Bull in Manhattan’s financial district, sitting down to interrupt the business day and targeting corporations and businesses financing and fueling the climate crisis.
#FloodWallStreet is taking place one day after the People’s Climate March—the largest climate demonstration in history—and one day before the U.N. Summit on Climate Change convened by Ban Ki-Moon. Today’s action was organized in response to a call to action put out by the Climate Justice Alliance, an alliance of grassroots and community-based organizations working on issues of climate and environmental justice.
“Communities that are first and most impacted by storms, floods and droughts are also on the frontlines of fighting the dig-burn-dump economy causing climate change,” said Michael Leon Guerrero of the Climate Justice Alliance. “We are flooding Wall Street to stop its financing of planetary destruction, and to make way for living economies that benefit people and the planet.”
“Many of us were also involved with Occupy Wall Street,” said Michael Premo, an organizer of Flood Wall Street and a Brooklyn-based artist. “Just like the financial crisis, the climate crisis is a product of an underlying political crisis. It's the result of policies that serve the shortsighted interests of the few over the survival and well being of everyone.”
Yesterday’s historic 400,000-person march showed widespread support for action on climate change, and Flood Wall Street is confronting those who stand in the way of change and connecting the climate movement with a long tradition of nonviolent direct action.
“Throughout history, people have engaged in nonviolent civil disobedience in response to moral crises, when political leaders have failed to act,” said Vida James, a Flood Wall Street organizer. “What could constitute more of a moral crisis than the health and survival of our planet, our communities, and our grandchildren?”
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Art, music, and giant visuals are prominent features of the festive demonstration, beginning the day with the Rude Mechanical Orchestra, a local activist marching band. Nearly a hundred people carried a 300-foot banner that read: “Capitalism = Climate Chaos — Flood Wall Street,” among many other visuals.
The day began with speakers from around the world that have been impacted by climate change, emphasizing that leadership on climate justice must come from below.
“The real solution to global warming is organizing workers worldwide for the construction of a new model, with justice, equality and respect for life,” said Elisa Estronioli, a Brazilian land-rights activist.
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