A letter-writing campaign is underway to support Bloomfield activist Ted Glick, who faces up to three years of prison time for unfurling two large green banners in the Hart Senate Office Building last September. The banners said “Green Jobs” and “Get to Work.
Glick, who is policy director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, has gone on hunger strikes to raise awareness about climate change. Last September, he took part in a non-violent protest at the Hart Senate Office Building the day the Senate returned from its summer recess. The protestors were asking the Senate to pass climate legislation that had already been passed by the House. Glick says he legally entered the building, showed ID and had the banners scanned by security before dropping them from the 7th floor balcony into the building’s atrium.
Video of the protest is included in a news report embedded in the jump.
“I have no regrets in any way,” says Glick. “There’s no way I would accept that anyone should go to jail for 30 days for hanging a banner.”
Glick was convicted in May of two misdemeanors — displaying a banner in a federal building and disorderly conduct — each of which carries a six-month jail sentence. But the U.S. Attorney’s Office has asked the judge to triple Glick’s sentence because he’s a repeat offender.
“That’s where the three years comes in,” says Glick.
Glick, 60, said he has been arrested 16 times and served prison time for most of 1971 for refusing to be inducted into the military.
“I’m anxious about when I think of being in jail for months again,” Glick says. But he says he’s also “prepared for whatever comes” and hopes that any jail time will bring attention to the cause.
But Glick and supporters have started a letter-writing campaign to ask the judge to go easy on him. Supporters are asked to write a polite letter to Judge Frederick H. Weisberg, DC Superior Court, 500 Indiana Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20001.
Glick says at least 150 people have already written in his support, including Danny Glover, Ed Asner, James Hansen and Wendell Berry.