Twenty people were arrested in acts of civil disobedience on Monday, Martin Luther King Day, at the gates of the Crestwood natural gas facility in Schuyler County.
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In a statement, the protesters cited Martin Luther King and noted that one of those arrested — former Tompkins legislator Pamela Mackesey — had marched with the great civil rights leader in 1963.
“I was there in the March on Washington in 1963, and almost nothing is the same from that time except for one thing: the fight for justice and equality for all of us,” Mackesey said.
The blockade took over three hours and led two trucks to be turned away, according to the protesters. (Protesters have opposed the expansion of a natural gas facility on the shore of Seneca Lake; the reaction to the rallies has been mixed.)
All 20 people arrested were charged with trespassing and released, the statement said.
Some photos from the protesters of today’s events:
Two-hundred people have now been arrested in total since rallies began in October, according to a statement from the protesters.
Here’s the complete list of those arrested today:
— Mike Black, 62, Lakemont, Yates County
— Leslie Brack, 47, Ithaca
— Caroline Byrne, 38, Ithaca
— Deborah Cipolla-Dennis, 49, Dryden
— Jodi Dean, 52, Geneva
— Marty Dodge, 72, Canandaigua
— Celeste Froehlich, 37, Ithaca
— Lyn Gerry, 58, Reading
— Jennifer Johnson, 68, Corning
— Nancy Kaspar, 56, North Rose
— Pam Mackesey, 69, Ithaca
— Edith McCrea, 46, Ithaca
— Ed Nizalowski, 67, Newark Valley, Tioga County
— Jean Olivett, 68, Danby
— Kirsten Pierce, 45, Burdett
— David Sanchez, 26, Rochester
— Sarah Schantz, 61, Odessa
— Coby Schultz, 54, Springwater
— Seth Thomas, 34, Lodi
— Kip Wilcox, 70, Ithaca