At about 1 PM on April 16, Rainforest Action Network marched out of Powershift against Citibank, which was declared a “global warming crime scene” and PNC Bank. Power Shift attendees on sidewalks poured into the streets to join them
At about 1 PM on April 16, Rainforest Action Network marched out of Powershift against Citibank, which was declared a “global warming crime scene” and PNC Bank. Power Shift attendees on sidewalks poured into the streets to join them.
As the march gained steam, the rain dried up except for a single passing shower.There was rain at the beginning, but precious little forest in the city-and plenty of “action network!”
After the RAN march returned to the Convention Center, anticapitalists called a breakaway march to the World Bank, reminding everyone about the World Bank’s massive investments in coal. In fact, Power Shift themselves had been to the World Bank just the previous day to oppose projects like just-approved loans for a massive coal-burning power plant in South Africa.
A post on the Twitter feed estimated the march as it passed the World Bank at 200 people. It left the Convention Center smaller than that, swelled to at least twice that while targeting Citibank and PNC bank before a lot of Power Shift attendees broke off to return to the Convention instead of joining the breakaway, which left from the Convention Center return to avoid splitting the march itself.
When the march passed the World Bank and reached the IMF, delegates were caught outside-for the second time in just one day! Limos were hustled out of the area while protesters screamed at delegates behind the checkpoint’s defenses.
Afterwards, the breakaway march also returned to the Convention Center, and unlike the morning march the cops didn’t find any excuses to arrest anyone.