A protracted protest last night conducted by Greenpeace members who illegally took over a crane near the White House to make an anti-Trump political statement included several representatives from the Bay Area, the Chronicle reports, including Greenpeace board chair Karen Topakian of San Francisco.
“It was a little chilly this morning when we arrived at the crane site, but it was a lot chillier in the Oval Office when President Trump decided to sign those executive orders reinstating the Keystone Pipeline [and] the North Dakota pipeline," Topakian quips during the below Facebook live video from atop the crane. Topakian was reportedly one of four Bay Area protestors expected to appear today in a Washington DC court on charges related to commandeering the crane and climbing 300 feet to hang a hand-painted banner. Others included Pearl Robinson, a national Rainforest Action Network organizer in San Francisco.
They were all arrested shortly after 10 p.m., as the Metropolitan Police Department issued a statement declaring the actions "extremely dangerous and unlawful.”
Meanwhile, a subtler, more legally hung banner in the Bay Area, this one atop Twin Peaks, has been up since at least this past weekend. This one, placed in the same spot where a pink triangle is annually set up during Pride, reads "Protest is Patriotic," and I took the below video on Sunday. KRON 4 has also commented on the banner but doesn't appear to have any idea who put it there.