#ShutDownChase: Environmentalists Occupy Bank's Seattle Office to Denounce Its Funding of Climate Disaster

With JPMorgan Chase’s annual shareholder meeting set to take place in Texas next week, 350.org Seattle and five other environmental groups organized a demonstration to protest the bank’s ongoing investment in fossil fuels, particularly tar sands.

At least five indigenous and 15 non-indigenous female protesters occupied the lobby of the Russell Investments Center in downtown Seattle—where Chase’s regional leaders are based—while others shut down the street outside by erecting “tarpees” and hoisting a sign that read, “Road closed due to Chase’s financing of climate disaster.”

The occupiers’ request for a meeting with Chase Pacific Northwest chairwoman Phyllis Campbell—to discuss the bank’s “investments in Canadian tar sands, including the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline”—was rebuffed.

Multiple protesters were arrested for participating in the demonstration, according to 350.org Seattle, which tweeted: “Destroying the world in search of profit…perfectly legal. Peacefully protesting such destruction…not so much, it seems.”