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People’s Convoy Continues Through Midwest on Route to Saturday Stop in DC

People’s Convoy Continues Through Midwest on Route to Saturday Stop in DC

Caravan traveled through Illinois despite a harsh warning from state police threatening legal action for traffic disruptions.

The last time we checked on the pandemic-policy-protesting People’s Convoy, the American homage to the Canadian Freedom Convoy, a contingent left California as others planned to join them en route.

However, since the group departed, most media eyes have been glued to the developments in Eastern Europe.

Checking in on the convoy’s progress, it seems they are slowly making their way through the American Midwest and are on track to be in Washington, D.C., this Saturday.

The largest truck caravan, the eight-mile long, 100-vehicle People’s Convoy, rallied in Missouri overnight and continued its trek through Illinois on Tuesday, despite a harsh warning from state police discouraging protesters and threatening legal action for traffic disruptions.

Modeled after recent trucker protests in Canada that shut down border crossings to the U.S., the People’s Convoy has called on Biden to end the national emergency originally declared at the start of the pandemic, as well as any remaining coronavirus mandates. The truckers allege the government has infringed upon their constitutional rights with the mandates.

‘This is not a left issue. This not a right issue. This is an American issue,’ trucker and Peoples’ Convoy co-organizer Brain Brase, 37, of Ohio, told a crowd of supporters in Missouri Monday night. ‘Not only have we seen multiple violations of our constitutional rights, but on a global scale we have seen violations of our God-given rights. Governments around the world are violating your human rights.’

The People’s Convoy – which has raised more than $1.5million in donations made through its own website – has sworn not to disrupt roads or bridges and organizers have promised a ‘100% safe, lawful and peaceful journey’ that will ‘terminate in the vicinity of the D.C. area, but will NOT be going into D.C. proper.’ The trucker caravan intends to reach the greater D.C. area on Saturday, March 5.

The group was threatened by an official of the Illinois State Police, Col. Margaret McGreal, of the ISP Division of Patrol. She asserted that a planned event “designed to impede normal traffic flow is dangerous to the innocent motoring public,’n and then warned of enforcement action.

She was slammed for the rank hypocrisy in light of the state police response to Black Lives Matter rallies in 2020.

The Peoples Convoy NFT Twitter account, responding to the warning, said Tuesday: ‘They say these planned events are a danger to public safety because traffic backups are, in their opinion, a major contributor to traffic crashes, and even death.’

‘Our convoy has traveled the whole way to your great state of Illinois with ZERO traffic infractions, and in fact sheriffs offices along the way have escorted or even praised the organization and safety that is built into this.

‘So while we are only in your state a short time, and we are not impacting any major city, maybe it would be a good thing for you to witness what the sheriffs have. The shear commitment to safety, and security that this Convoy has,’ the organizers wrote.

Other social media users have slammed the state for its allege hypocrisy, noting that in August 2020 troopers set up a safe route of travel for Black Lives Matter protesters marching along the Dan Ryan Expressway.

‘Illinois is a People’s Convoy no-go zone,’ tweeted Dan Proft. ‘ISP on the #BlackLivesMatter protest in Aug. ’20 that shut down the Dan Ryan Xway: “We have been in contact with the protest organizers to set up a safe route of travel…will protect the rights of those seeking to peacefully protest.”‘

The next stop for the group is Ted Everett Farm Equipment in Monrovia, Indiana, where it will remain until Thursday morning for rest and a rally.

Maureen Steele, one of the People’s Convoy organizers, indicates that while the group is heading toward DC, the trucks won’t venture into the heart of the nation’s capital.

She said the truckers behind ‘The People’s Convoy’ never intended to be in the District for the State of the Union. And when they do arrive in the area this weekend, she says they will stay out of DC.

“We have zero plans to go into DC proper. After January 6, what went on there, there was never any intention of going into DC proper. We’ve discouraged other people from doing it,” she said.

Beyond that, Steele was tight-lipped about the group’s plans upon arriving in the DMV.

“We haven’t announced it yet, but we will when we get closer to where we’re going to be,” Steele said.

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Col. Margaret McGreal, of the ISP Division of Patrol warned of enforcement action if they come through Illinois.

I guess she thinks they should just turn around and go home.

That just one person has this much power to take away people’s rights is what is wrong with this country.

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to Peabody. | March 3, 2022 at 12:25 pm

    We traveled through Ill Annoys in 1964. Or car was fitted with two spot lights; the previous owner had been the California Highway Patrol.

    Some snot-nosed ISP rookie gave mom grief about it and threatened a ticket. Illegal in Ill Annoys. Mom’s answer: “And…?”

      I guess times haven’t changed much since then.

      Dashboard mounted blue lights are used by NY VFD personnel in their vehicles while travelling in response to a call out. Apparently, blue lights in private vehicles is against the law in PA. And every so often a NY car will be pulled over. And whoever pulls them over discovers that their blue light law doesn’t apply to NYS registered vehicles.

      There are minor differences as to acceptable vehicle modifications between states. But- those differences cannot interfere with interstate commerce, that power belongs to Congress. Hence, CA cannot impose it’s emissions standards on cars passing through the state. If they continue down the path of requiring all trucks registered in CA be EVs, they’ll soon find no trucks registered in CA.

Does this mean you have to be the ‘right kind of people’ to convoy across the nation?

Try as I might, I cannot understand the purpose of this convoy. It will be about as effective as a Trump rally. Sure, practically EVERYONE wants the mandates ended, but yelling USA! USA! USA! will not end them. If you want to accomplish something, park your trucks and cause a supply crisis this country has never seen. THAT will get results – it will hurt like hell, but better than being arrested, or God forbid, riots that it will be spurred through infiltrated bad actors (false flag ops).

    IndianaGuy in reply to oldvet50. | March 3, 2022 at 12:16 pm

    I have heard that from many, but consider:
    – It’s kind of like writing your Congressman
    – It’s quite a contrast to the Liberal reaction of rioting and looting
    – The support is pretty awesome, and I expect it to result in more conservatives getting out and voting, similar to a political campaign rally

    Still – you might be right, but I was there when the convoy rolled out of Monrovia, and joined them for a few miles in my PU truck. To see so many freedom-loving Americans waving flags, cheering, and clapping was inspiring. It was great to see so many people come out and support them (and support freedom).
    I wish you could have seen it. Truckers, campers, PU’s, and even bikers are continuing to join. It’s closer to a thousand than a hundred now.

    If we avoid every opportunity out of “false flag” fears, we lose everything, that much sooner.

      The Gentle Grizzly in reply to McGehee. | March 3, 2022 at 2:17 pm

      Better to catch (a) false-flagger (s) and, well, so as not to get my post removed, make an example of them.

That is, Monrovia, Indiana, this morning.

Hopefully, they are aware of J6 (i.e. Whitmer-closet), JournoListic handmade tales and braying, and that the majority of Congress subscribe to the Pro-Choice “ethical” religion in the District of Corruption.

We stood along an overpass with a small crowd before we went looking to join up somewhere along the middle, I think, of the convoy after they entered Ohio. It’s heartening to know you are not alone.

And despite what some detractors might say, there were a lot of trucks that weren’t part of the convoy that would honk in support.

I support their right to congregate on the interstate system. Maybe they didn’t have a boat in 2020 and this is their version: a truck parade across the country. That is awesome too

Parked for the night ner the Ohio – W. Va. border
Diesel going for $4.59

I have to reiterate again what a horrible idea this is.

I have already gone over what awaits a conservative protest in D.C. but to repeat

1. FBI infiltration with purpose of creating violence

2. Antifa violence with police deliberately trying to make it as painful as possible and who will arrest anyone who defends himself/herself (although truckers so himself).

3. Police violence

4. A judiciary full of Democrats eager to sentence enemies

Now add in this nifty feature

There are no federal mandates, and nothing to protest at the federal level. Sorry but if you ressurected Thomas Jefferson and put him in the white house guess what? This founding father would simply know off the top of his head he has no authority to over rule the state mandates!

I didn’t even get into the major political damage that will be inflicted on our side when this protest reaches D.C.

Why not focus on peaceful protest in places that matter that have persuadable swing voters who could be swayed by a positive demonstration and that have police who will enforce the law instead of being antifa enforcers?

    WindyHill in reply to Danny. | March 4, 2022 at 9:12 am

    They were pretty clear that they are NOT going into DC, Danny.

      Danny in reply to WindyHill. | March 4, 2022 at 10:16 am

      I have been on the road from Alexandria into D.C. enough times to know that you will be blocking a VITAL economic lifeline from Virginia so the idea you are describing isn’t much better. How would you like to be fired because you missed a work day due to a protest? Endless commuters will be rightly calling the police to remove the truckers, and the law will without doubt be on the side of commuters.

      The chance everyone sticks to the script in a protest is pretty close to none by the way so there will be a lot of truckers who spill over into D.C. itself even in a relatively rosy scenario of just blockading Alexandria.

    oldvet50 in reply to Danny. | March 4, 2022 at 10:03 am

    I disagree with you about the federal mandates. There ARE mandates if you work in certain occupations. The fed will withhold payments to facilities that receive funding from medicare so that equates to a mandate for healthcare workers. I guess you are still free to quit your job. Our bureaucracy has become so bloated that they are passing edicts that are, in essence, tyrannical since these ‘laws’ were not at the behest of the legislature.

    I see no one agrees with me (see prior comment above) but that doesn’t really surprise me – we can all sing kumbayah from our prison cells and that will make everything okeydoke. Rallys do not accomplish anything when your vote doesn’t matter.

Just went to FoxNews, CNN and MSNBC and there is ZERO coverage of convoy. What an impact! It seems the drivers are just ‘preaching to the choir’.

    IndianaGuy in reply to oldvet50. | March 4, 2022 at 4:16 pm

    That is not a surprise, although zero isn’t quite accurate. The MSM would be expected to ignore or downplay. Also, the Russian/Ukraine thing is kind of a bigger deal right now.
    You could say that the convoy is “preaching to the choir” during the cross country roll. But the end goal happens when they converge on DC and can’t be ignored anymore.
    And maybe the popularity of the convoy with regular folks is helping the mandates to get lifted sooner. (maybe not)
    But – if you don’t like the idea of the convoy, stay away. It’s a free country (kind of). : )