Social Justice Groups Plan More Highway Protests as Shutdown in Chicago Draws Near
Chicago, IL – Multiple social justice groups planning to shut down a major interstate in Chicago this week are now planning more demonstrations on major roadways.
Late last month, Transportation Nation Network (TNN) first reported numerous social justice organizations are sponsoring a protest being called “Black Lives Matter March: SHUT DOWN OUR DAN RYAN.”
The Dan Ryan Expressway runs from the Circle Interchange with Interstate 290 near Downtown Chicago through the South Side of the city.
The interstate shutdown, which is planned for this upcoming Saturday, August 15 beginning at 12 p.m. local time, is moving full speed ahead after organizers met with Chicago city officials last week and reached a “compromise” that will allow protesters to shut down the interstate.
As part of the terms of that agreement, law enforcement officials will provide protesters safe passage along their planned route from Rogar Park, and ultimately, allow them onto the Dan Ryan Expressway.
Read more on the terms of this agreement HERE.
In addition to the demonstration scheduled to take place this week, multiple groups have now planned more shutdowns in the coming months.
One is set for Saturday, November 14, 2020, with the goal of shutting down the Eisenhower Expressway in protest for those who have been “wrongfully convicted.”
This stretch of approximately 30 miles runs along Interstate 290 from Interstate 294.
Next spring, the groups will then turn their attention to Historic Route 66 which begins in Chicago and runs nearly 2,500 miles ending in Santa Monica, CA.
The Route 66 shutdown, which is for the purpose of bringing awareness to the Defund the Police movement, is slated for April 24, 2021.
The goal of each demonstration is to draw 25,000 protesters.
Despite the fact federal law makes it a crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison to interfere with interstate commerce, federal officials continue to allow protesters to block traffic along major interstates and roadways.
The Small Business in Transportation Coalition (SBTC) is now suing the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) in U.S. District Court for failing to enforce the law and prevent these kinds of protests.
Read more about the details of this lawsuit HERE.
TransportationNation.com will continue to follow this story closely.