Singer Raitt arrested during protest

Singer Bonnie Raitt was among the 20 peaceful protesters arrested Wednesday by police in the Chicago suburb of Itasca, Reuters reports.

The Rainforest Action Network organized the sit-in to demonstrate against the logging practices of paper and manufacturing conglomerate Boise Cascade Corporation.

Other protesters included former Doors drummer John Densmore and activist and author Julia “Butterfly” Hill. The peaceful sit-in was staged outside of the headquarters of the office products company.

RAN’s founder Randall Hayes called the company’s operations barbaric and their anti-environment campaigns a disgrace to America.

The protesters were taken away in handcuffs and charged with disorderly conduct. They were later released from the city jail and could be ordered to pay a small fine.

Michael Moser, a spokesman for the company, called RAN’s accusation incorrect. The company has hired a third party auditor to review their logging practices.

Boise Cascade Corporation and RAN have met three times and are willing to meet again.

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