Whinny Climate Babies Shut Down D.C.’s Traffic.

Shut Down DC: Climate change protest disrupts Monday morning commute
Robert Massimi.
Liberal whinny climate change loons purposefully shut down traffic in Washington. I guess protesting isn’t enough, they have to bother everyone with this fairy tail belief that the world is ending soon.
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September 22, 2019, 8:51 AM
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Protesters use a van to block a road in D.C. (Twitter/Unicorn Riot)
Climate protesters are using a sailboat, vans and cars and sit-ins a to block key intersections around D.C. to get their message across.

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Chances are likely that, if you’re driving, you’re going to see some kind of delay.

“If you’re coming in anywhere near the National Mall, you’re going to be impacted by this,” NBC4’s Adam Tuss told WTOP.

Protesters are blocking or impeding traffic at 14th and C streets SW, 16th and K streets, 16th and I streets, 18th and Massachusetts Avenue, and 12th and Independence Avenue — at Independence, it’s a large pink and yellow sailboat that’s closed the road.

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Police are slowly moving in on the sailboat. They’re clearing the middle of the intersection, at least a dozen people staying put. I see a few officers having a chat with the “sailors” on deck. #ShutDownDC

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Some of these protesters are actually bound to each other inside these metal tubes linked to the sailboat. Seems like they’re in it for the long haul. #ShutDownDC

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Authorities began cutting the metal the protesters had bound themselves to on the sailboat around 8:30 a.m. They covered protesters in blankets and put headphones on them for protection.

Protesters are also forcing traffic to be redirected from inbound I-395 North and New York Avenue.

New York Avenue is blocked at North Capitol Street, Florida Avenue and 4th Street.

At the Third Street Tunnel, drivers are forced to go turn left instead of right as they normally would.

The protests have sparked a significant police presence. And at least some arrests have started.

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Climate protest is redirecting all traffic coming off 395N at NY Ave into downtown. (@PoPville)

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Shut Down D.C. aims to block “key infrastructure to stop business-as-usual, bringing the whole city to a gridlocked standstill,” organizers said on its website. That includes over a dozen intersections in the District “where corporate and government power holders who are blocking serious action on climate are located,” they said.

A news release from the Coalition to Shut Down D.C. listed meeting spots for different groups organizing the protest in all four quadrants of D.C.

Protesters started gathering just before 7 a.m. at four key locations: in Northwest at Farragut Square; at Columbus Circle in Southwest; at Hancock Park/L’Enfant Metro station; and at Folger Park.

Community Advisory Commissioner Anthony Lorenzo Green told WTOP’s Melissa Howell that he felt it was important for someone east of the river to come to the protest.

“I live in far Northeast, that’s where I grew up … near the Pepco Plant which was decommissioned in 2012,” he said. “We were always told by our grandparents that, ‘The reason you have asthma is because of where we live.’”

He says one of the reasons communities like his have certain health conditions is due to the prevalence of lead in the housing there.

Black Lives Matter lead organizer Makia Green echoed those sentiments and emphasized action.

“The theme of today is, how would you act if your house was on fire?” she said. “Would you sit here and start talking and arguing about tactics or would you start moving?”

Protesters on top of a can that police towed at 14th and C Street, SW. (Courtesy Periscope/Unicorn Riot)
Unicorn Riot is livestreaming its protest.

Last week, Washingtonian reported that areas singled out during a recent Shut Down D.C. meeting included:

Massachusetts Avenue Northwest and North Capitol Street Northeast.
New York Avenue Northwest and Interstate 395.
Second Street Southeast and Independence Avenue Southeast.
Other areas singled out included:

Around 12th and D streets Southwest (near ICE headquarters).
Sixth Street Northwest intersections between Rhode Island Avenue Northwest and the National Mall.
Capitol Hill.
An area just north of the White House.
(Please note these areas could very well change by the time you’re on the road.)

While the group did not say specifically what streets would be targeted, it has posted maps of areas with heavy traffic volume.

A protester locks his arms around the window frames of a car at 14th and C streets SW. (Courtesy Periscope/Unicorn Riot)
“It’s anyone’s guess if they will actually cause widespread traffic delays,” said WTOP Traffic reporter Dave Dildine. “Causing ‘gridlock’ wouldn’t be as easy as blocking a random intersection or two.”

Unrelated to the protest, but sure to cause some delays in Monday commute times: The northbound lanes on U.S. Route 1 in Prince William County will undergo a lane shift as part of an ongoing widening project.

How mass transit may be affected
The Maryland Transit Association said that due to the protests, commuters could see delays on certain MARC trains.

“Contractors will make every effort to serve all stops, but detours are a possibility, due to these protests,” MTA said on its website.

Amtrak recommended riders plan extra times into their commute to account for any possible disruption caused by the protests.


ADVISORY: Amtrak customers using Washington, D.C. (WAS) Union Station tomorrow (9/23) should allow extra time because of planned protests and expected traffic issues. The H Street parking structure is a good alternate access point.

2:34 PM – Sep 22, 2019
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Was a drama critic at Manhattan College. Wrote professionally for Bergen News, Sun Bulletin . Alpha Sigma Lambda, Beta Theta. Has seen over 600 shows worldwide, has published both on Theater and Politics. Avid reader on many subjects and writers. Chief Drama critic for Metropolitan magazine. Writes for Jerrick media, American conservative, The City Journal and Reason magazine. Has produced shows both on and off Broadway.

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