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Rise and Resist joins environmental advocacy organizations for a protest outside the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offices in downtown Manhattan, calling for the removal of Scott Pruitt

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New York, NY – Activist group Rise and Resist, in collaboration with Food & Water Watch, Friends of the Earth, and in solidarity with the Poor People’s Campaign, announced a week of actions every day at noon from June 4 to June 8 outside the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offices in downtown Manhattan, calling for the removal of Scott Pruitt. The week of protests culminated on June 8, 2018, with Reverend Billy and The Stop Shopping Choir exorcising the EPA building.
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The groups used visually impactful street theater to ask passersby to contact Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and other members of Congress to say #ImpeachPruitt.
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  • June 4: Donning hazmat suits, we will hand out filthy branded “Pruitt Water” to call out Pruitt for gutting the Clean Water Act and burying reports of toxins in drinking supplies. 
  • June 5: Wearing surgical masks, we will stage a cough-in to highlight Pruitt’s rollback of the Clean Air Act and the trashing of science-based emissions standards. 
  • June 6: Hauling trash bags filled with paper Pruitt heads, we will declare “Pruitt is Wasteful” to call out Pruitt’s scandalous misuse of public funds and the high costs of his failure to enforce environmental law. 
  • June 7: Bearing tombstones reading “R.I.P. Climate Science,” we will highlight Pruitt’s rejection of climate science and science-based environmental policies.  
  • June 8: Joined by radical performer Reverend Billy, and in flower and animal costumes, we will conduct a casting-out ceremony to cleanse the EPA toxic Pruitt.

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Donald Trump’s EPA head Scott Pruitt has turned the Agency into a cesspool of corruption, corporate cronyism, and deregulation. In response to Pruitt’s unprecedented attacks against the EPA, climate science, and clean air and water laws, and the health of American people, street activist and advocacy groups are coming together in a novel effort to #TakeBacktheEPA and call on Congress to #FirePruitt.  
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“Scott Pruitt collaborates with dirty industries to deregulate protections against their environmental abuses,” says Rise and Resist’s Betsy Andrews. “So we are creating our own collaboration, combining the skills of environmental advocates with the street smarts of activists to demand that Congress heed citizens’ call to impeach Pruitt.” 

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