Minnesota woman charged over banner stunt on Chicago's Trump Tower

The banner read "RESIST DEFEND" and was a protest of the president's environmental policies.
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A Minnesota woman was arrested in Chicago after a large "RESIST DEFEND" banner was hung from Trump Tower.

Environmental group Greenpeace was apparently behind the stunt, which happened Friday afternoon.

Greenpeace said on Facebook the people were there to "show this administration that the people of Chicago -- and people all over the country -- will continue to RESIST Trump's attacks on our clean air and water, and defend our communities and the planet!"

You can see a nearly 30-minute video on their Facebook, or check out this short Twitter clip.

The sign, measuring 50 feet by 35 feet, was hoisted up the side of the Trump International Hotel and Tower, right in Chicago's crowded downtown, Greenpeace said in a news release. The activists were arrested before they could lock it into place, according to the group.

"It’s only a few months into Trump’s presidency, yet already he’s managed to threaten our health and our communities and put our planet’s future in danger," a Greenpeace spokesperson said in a release.

Since January, the Environmental Protection Agency has removed climate change information from its website, President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Agreement, and a University of Minnesota scientist said she was pressured by the EPA to change her public testimony about changes at the agency.

One of the activists is a Minnesota woman

Among those arrested was Wendy Jennings, a 38-year-old from Minneapolis, Greenpeace said. She and three others were charged Sunday with felony criminal damage to property and misdemeanor reckless conduct.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, police said the banner hanging caused "extensive damage to the building." Greenpeace is arguing that claim is "implausible."

Jennings and the three others facing a felony are scheduled to be in court on Friday, July 14, the paper reported.

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