Bonnie Raitt Arrested For Protesting Outside Office Products Company

Singer among 20 activists arrested during sit-in organized by Rainforest Action Network.

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").