Greenpeace Activists Arrested After Climbing Down Pilsen Smokestack

UPDATED: 5/25/2011 9:20 a.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — Eight protesters who spent more than 24 hours on a perch on a power plant smokestack on the city’s Near West Side were arrested as soon as they came down Wednesday morning in bad weather.

Eight other Greenpeace activists who rappelled under a Southwest Side bridge to prevent a coal barge from passing were arrested and charged late Tuesday.

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Late Tuesday, eight activists — six women and two men — were arrested at the bridge at 3900 S. Pulaski Rd. and charged with reckless conduct, according to police News Affairs Officer Ronald Gaines.

All eight were charged with reckless conduct and performing an aerial exhibition without a net, according to police. The charges are misdemeanors.

Charged are: Jeanne Kirshon, 23, of Rockville, Md.; Kaitlin Finneran, 24, of Norwalk, Conn.; Daniel Strandquist, 28, of New York City; Shea Schachameyer, 27, of Milwaukee; Harmony Lambert, 22, of Shasta, Calif.; Carolyn Auwaerter, 25, of Melbourn, Pa.; Laila Williams, 24, of Rockville, Mass.; and Michael Alilionis, 21, of Floral Park, New York, police said.

Both protests were set to coincide with a U.S. EPA public hearing on increased pollution controls from coal-burning plants.

The other group of Greenpeace activists began climbing a smokestack at the Fisk power plant at 1111 W. Cermak Rd. about dawn on Tuesday, spokeswoman Molly Dorozenski said.

  • Dee

    Great time for a nasty thunderstorm and hail to swing through the area of this smokestack. Let’s see if they can hug the stack with the same ferocity as a tree.

    If not, problem solved with no cost to the taxpayers (sans the idiot lawyer who then sues the city).

    • StupidPeopleFTW

      Why are all these people from the northeast? No one local that’s dumb enough?

    • Pothead

      If you look at the photos , there are shacks on the catwalks. Don’t know how that will work with lightening though

  • youngslim

    how about a needle in a haystack?????LOL

  • Anji

    @Dee….Love that solution ;) Just culling the pack of idiots.

  • ChicagoCitizen

    The best way to handle any activists, is to pay absolutely no attention to them at all.

  • Ryan

    As a concerned Chicago resident, I applaud the activists and their call for environmental justice!

  • Midwest Gen Retired Emply

    Who will pay for all the clean up of this mess? The rate payer of course.

  • MJ

    Oh, that’s right, Midwest Generation doesn’t HAVE any ratepayers because they haven’t delivered power to Chicago through ComEd since 2009 and sell to the highest bidder…as they sell out local neighborhoods. The activists were giving voice and power to thousands of people who get sick or have died because of these plants. Seems like a pretty worthwhile stand to me!

  • Tom

    Isn’t Greenpeace that criminal organization that set fire to car dealers some years back? I hate activists, a bunch of whiners with nothing better to do with their time. These idiots are no better than the pro-life activists or the anti-war activists that demonstrate at military funerals.

  • Foorah

    I would like to know if these hippies use electricity?

  • Joann Scala

    Any one who does not support them is the real problem. This is killing people and our environment!!! Global warming is happening around us as we speak and you idiot viewers just are not getting it!!!! If you do not live in this neighborhood, then you really do not have a say in the matter. Our quality of life here as been reduced because of this, so before you start reducing this act to nothing try doing some research all you spineless people who probably have lots of useless stuff and do not care about life anyway.

    • StupidPeopleFTW

      Your sensationalism only hurts your cause, and makes people think you’re exaggerating for effect.

      • Joann Scala

        Hey stupidpeople, 911 has nothing to do with this and how dare you compare the two!!! Stay focused, lead does cause brain damage.

    • Brian

      Global warming is nothing more than the natural cycle of the earth’s climate. There were no fossel fuels burning before the ice age. How is your quality of life affected anyway? Greenpeace stinks !

      • Joann Scala

        Yes Brian, Earth’s climate is constantly changing but global warming is completely different. Burning coal is a leading cause of smog, acid rain, global warming, and air toxics. In an average year, a typical coal plant generates:
        3,700,000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), lead and many other air reducing chemicals. Poor air quality, more breathing problems for everyone that lives here, check local medical statistics.

      • StupidPeopleFTW

        Any other wacky conspiracies you want to throw out? 9/11 was an inside job? Tunnels connecting to reptilian cities under the earth?

  • Joann Scala


  • StupidPeopleFTW

    These attempts at publicity, are the reasons no one takes Greenpeace seriously.

    • Joann Scala

      If it wasn’t for Green Peace, you wouldn’t no where your food was from or what is being put in it. You can say whatever you want, but facts are facts and no one can take that away from those who are fighting for our rights and winning.

      • Michael Ogden

        You’re right on the money, Joann. My daughter was one of the activists who climbed the smokestack. She is deeply committed to saving our planet, even though it frequently seems like a thankless effort at times. Support from people like you encourage her to continue the fight.

  • Joann Scala

    Micheal, I worked for Green Peace in the 90’s and took part in an action that requires us today to label our food, indicating if it has been genetically altered. I got backlash too but will never stop supporting the less educated or those who follow the propaganda that the media continues to feed our society. It’s about preserving our planet for future generations and recognizing those who go up against corpprate. Your daughter is here now, and will have myself and many others behind her always. There are more that care then those who don’t. Give her a hug for me!!!

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