Social Justice Groups Plan to Shut Down Chicago Interstate With 25,000 Protesters
Chicago, IL – Multiple social justice groups are calling for 25,000 protesters to shut down a major interstate in Chicago next month.
A planned shut down of the Dan Ryan Expressway in the Windy City is scheduled for Saturday, August 15.
A demonstration being called “Black Lives Matter March: SHUT DOWN OUR DAN RYAN” is being sponsored by the Chicago Activist Coalition for Justice, Tikkun-Chai International, and Pilsen-Humboldt Park Anti-Gentrification Group.
In an event scheduled on Facebook, the groups are calling for as many as 25,000 protesters for the purpose of shutting down the interstate.
“We need 25,000 people to shut it down,” the post reads.
The Dan Ryan Expressway runs from the Circle Interchange with Interstate 290 near Downtown Chicago through the South Side of the city.
It is designated as both I-90 and I-94 south to 66th Street, a distance of 7.44 miles.
The demonstration is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. EDT.
It is unclear at this time if Chicago police intend to thwart the demonstration or facilitate it like we saw last Sunday in Rochester, NY.
The Rochester Police Department (RPD) and the New York State Police (NYSP) assisted a local Black Lives Matter group in shutting down numerous roadways including a stretch of I-490.
Shortly following that demonstration, the group’s organizers proudly stated they would be doing it again a few days later during rush hour.
However, the RPD and NYSP did not go along with the second protest and the group was forced to cancel the demonstration.
One of the group’s organizers lashed out at law enforcement calling it “saddening and disheartening.”
Read more about it HERE.
On Saturday night, protesters in Aurora, CO marched onto I-225 and it quickly led to violence and chaos.
The protesters were calling for the arrest and prosecution of Aurora police officers in the death of Elijah McClain last August.
What ensued was a chaotic scene leading to gunfire and multiple injuries.
Click HERE to read more.
Demonstrations on U.S. interstates continue despite the fact it remains a federal crime under the Hobbs Act.
However, Transportation Nation Network (TNN) is unaware of any protester who has been arrested and charged under the Hobbs Act in the dozens and dozens of interstate demonstrations since the death of George Floyd ignited widespread social unrest.
As for the upcoming protest in Chicago, truckers are advised to avoid the area that day if at all possible.
TransportationNation.com will continue to gather more information.