ALERT: BLM Protesters Planning to Shut Down Highways Across America on Juneteenth
Washington D.C. – A Black Lives Matter (BLM) group is calling for protesters to shut down highways across America on Friday in recognition of Juneteenth.
A BLM protest being called “Strike for Black Lives” is set for Friday, June 19 — also known as Juneteenth — the annual celebration of the end of slavery in the United States.
A group of BLM protesters in our nation’s capital is planning to grind the city to a halt in recognition of Juneteenth and in protest of “
“We are calling for disruptive actions aimed at shutting down the city,” a BLM statement says.
In furtherance of accomplishing BLM’s stated goal of being “ungovernable,” protesters are planning to block roadways as well as to “occupy” police precincts.
“In the early morning, we ask you to organize with your friends to shut down the basic elements of the city. Shut down high traffic intersections, block highway onramps, and police stations,” the group’s website states.
It’s not just Washington D.C. either.
BLM is calling on other affiliated groups in cities across the nation to do the same.
BLM is urging supporters to “organize a solidarity demo; blockade a highway, metro station, or commuter rail; occupy a police precinct; and disrupt a gentrifying space.”
Currently, there are 16 chapters of BLM in cities such as Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Denver, CO; Detroit, MI; Los Angeles, CA; Memphis, TN; Nashville, TN; New York, NY; and Philadelphia; PA.
It is unclear how many of these chapters will be participating in the Juneteenth shutdown protest.
Truckers are urged to avoid these areas if possible.
As civil unrest continues throughout the country, a tactic of choice deployed by protesters is blocking interstates and highways.
Last weekend protesters in Atlanta shut down I-75/85 for a period of time on Saturday night.
BLM protesters also blocked the Bay Bridge in San Francisco for approximately 2 hours last Sunday in a similar demonstration.
The California Highway Patrol arrested and cited 29 people in that incident.
However, that has been an anomaly as most protesters engaging in the interference of interstate commerce across the nation have not been arrested or charged, leading to great frustration among many in the trucking community.
Leaders within the United States Department of Transportation, Department of Justice, and in the halls of Congress have been largely quiet on the issue of protesters interfering with interstate commerce.
TransportationNation.com will monitor new developments.