Skip to content

Sentencing Hearing for Climate Activist Who Smeared Paint on Degas Sculpture Case


April 26th, 2024
6:30 AM PST / 9:30 AM ET


DC District Court at 333 Constitution Ave NW. 
Open in Google Maps

Climate Activist Joanna Smith will be sentenced at a hearing in the DC District Court at 333 Constitution Ave NW. 

The judge is Amy Berman Jackson. Her courtroom is on the 4th floor.

Joanna will be sentenced after pleading guilty to a felony that carries a maximum penalty of 5 years and a maximum fine of $250,000. The prosecution recommended Joanna serve 6 months; the final sentence is at the discretion of the judge, Amy Berman Jackson. Third Actors are encouraged to attend the hearing in a show of silent support.

Why did they do it? “Today, in nonviolent rebellion, we have temporarily sullied a piece of art to evoke the real children whose suffering is guaranteed if the death-cult fossil fuel companies keep removing new coal, oil, and gas from the ground. As a parent, I cannot abide this future.”  – Joanna Smith, April 27, 2023

Article from Washington Post by Justin Wm. Moyer, ‘Climate protester who painted on Degas sculpture case pleads guilty’

Disclaimer: Working Groups are volunteer-run groups organized by affinity or by geographic location. Working Groups engage in campaign activities, communicate with their Working Group volunteers, and maintain the content on their Working Group webpages.