— The Hill (@thehill) January 1, 2017
Ticketholders at the last Minnesota Vikings game of the season were treated to two shows on Sunday—the game itself, and another staged by three protestors who rappelled down from the top of the U.S. Bank stadium to unfurl a banner which sported the U.S. Bank logo and read, “Divest #NoDAPL,” a reference to the Dakota Access Pipeline. The protesters were booked into and released from the Hennepin County jail, all within 24 hours. It is unclear to what extent they will be prosecuted.
As we have mentioned before, civil disobedience often tries to do a number of things at one time: link an institution to a practice deemed by protestors to be unjust, interrupt day-to-day activities in an attempt to remind people that the comfortable status quo for some can be highly uncomfortable for others, and indicate that those involved are willing to make sacrifices and interrupt their own lives and those of others to call attention to and gain sympathy for the issues at play.
Yesterday, for instance, members of the NAACP sat down in Jeff Sessions’ office in Mobile, Alabama and vowed to stay either until the conservative Republican lawmaker withdraws his name from consideration as candida