Black Lives Matter Activists Shut Down Major D.C. Highway for Protest

Black Lives Matter Activists Shut Down Major D.C. Highway for Protest

Black Lives Matter activists, including Taylor Griffin, who according to her LinkedIn profile is a press assistant in the Democratic congresswoman Nancy Pelosi’s office, tweeted photos and videos of her and other activists shutting down I-395, a heavily traveled freeway in Washington D.C.

Deray McKesson, a prominent activist who was among those arrested in Ferguson, Missouri, earlier this month, was also with the group marching Saturday, along with singer-songwriter Janelle Monáe, who has been outspoken regarding police brutality.

During an appearance on NBC’s Today show on Friday morning, she was cut off shortly after saying in a speech in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

A spokesperson for the D.C. police told TheBlaze that the department had no knowledge that the freeway had been shut down. However, videos posted to social media show activists walking among cars at a standstill while shouting “black lives matter” over the honks of the stopped cars.

Activists marched through Chinatown, around the Capitol building and to the White House, according to those social media posts.

According to a crowdsourcing page for Saturday’s protest in the nation’s capital, the activists were marching to protest racial discrimination in the U.S. and raise “awareness for black unity, equality and strategies to combat state-sanctioned, racially motivated violence against black people.”

The activists crowdsourced to raise money for a platform, microphones, food and other materials. They stated on the page that their goals are “to pressure the government into responding to and acting on the cry for racial equality while inciting and deploying citizens to join our fight for equality.”

The Black Lives Matter campaign has been making its mark on the 2016 presidential campaigns.

In July, Democratic presidential candidate and former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley apologized after using that same “all lives matter” phrase while discussing police and race.

Black Lives Matter protesters also shut down two presidential candidates’ speeches — first Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders and then Republican hopeful Jeb Bush.

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