FORT LEE, N.J. -- Ten members of a homeless support group were arrested after chaining themselves across the upper level of the NYC-bound George Washington Bridge, closing the span for about 15 minutes during Wednesday morning's rush.
Port Authority police Wednesday afternoon said all are charged with reckless endangerment and criminal trespassing.
Released without bail pending a court hearing:
- Christina Fox, 27, Oceanside, CA;
- Felix Cepeda, 35, Bronx;
- Diego Ibanez, 27, Brooklyn;
- Karl Kumodzi, 25, Brooklyn;
- Elana Gold, 24, Brooklyn;
- Claudia Palacios, 27, Brooklyn;
- Jeremy Weissman, 22, Jericho, NY;
- Virgilio Aran, 38, East Orange, NJ;
- Juan Romero, 25, Queens;
- Marco Abendano, 31, Bronx.
A Palisades Park man got out of his car and ripped down a banner that members of the group were holding.
"I was trying to get to work," Greg Sahagian told Daily Voice.
The group, identified as We Are Visible (and "Somos Visible"), calls itself "a peer network for the homeless community to help each other through online peer-to-peer subject."
"The purpose of this peer support group is not to help solve people's problems but to walk along wide them to help them solve their own," wrote Mark Horvath, the group's creator.
An unconfirmed report also claimed the group was championing the rights of immigrants.
"7AM Direct Action near Upperwest TODAY 10/26, several will be arrested," the group wrote in an email to The Gothamist .
"We are a Grassroots Autonomous Movement campaigning for the right of every member of our communities to be visible, to be able to take part in the decision making process that affect our communities in our 'democratic' system, and for the ability to determine our destinies," it wrote on Facebook.
"We are one with Mother Earth and with all oppressed people in the shadows. We are getting arrested to make our struggles, our pain and our POWER#Visible," the group added.
The eastbound span was reopened before 9 a.m. Delays lasted up to 90 minutes, the Port Authority's Joseph Pentangelo said.
The lower level remained open, he said.