Bonnie Raitt is giving environmentalists something to talk about.
The singer was among 20 activists, including former Doors drummer John
Densmore, who were arrested on Wednesday for holding a sit-in outside an
office products company in the Chicago suburb of Itasca, according to
Raitt and the others were demonstrating against the logging practices of
Boise Cascade Office Products. They were handcuffed and charged with
disorderly conduct. The activists were released later Wednesday from the
city jail and face a small fine.
The sit-in was organized by the Rainforest Action Network, which has publicly
fought with Boise Cascade for more than a year, according to Reuters.
“We believe that Boise Cascade Corporation, their old-growth logging
operation and their trading of old-growth around the world makes them an
American disgrace,” RAN executive director Chris Hatch told protesters
before the demonstration. “Their operations are barbaric and their
anti-environment campaigns, their efforts to stifle free speech are a
disgrace to America.”
Boise Cascade spokesperson Michael Moser told Reuters the company has
met with RAN three times and is continuing efforts to reduce the amount of
old-growth forests used in its timber production.
Last month, Raitt played a 90-minute concert for inmates of California’s San
Quentin State Prison (see “Bonnie Raitt Plays San Quentin” ).