May 18, 2022

People’s convoy is moving from DC to California, organizer says

The People’s Convoy truckers’ protest group announced Sunday that it will travel to California in the coming weeks to protest COVID-19 mandates there after daily field trips in and around the Washington, DC area.

“I think it’s more important to stop these at this point than to have the emergency declaration repealed because it’s already in place and we need to stop things like these bills from coming into place. “said organizer Mike Landis after reading a list of measures he said were pending in California, The Herald-Mail reported. “Otherwise, the rest of us who don’t live in California will end up being subjected to the same thing.”

The band echoed that sentiment through a statement on their website.

“If passed, these bills set the stage for other states to introduce similar laws. We know that what starts in California spreads to other blue and purple states, and potentially federally,” the group said. “It concerns everyone!”

The People’s Convoy, inspired by the “Freedom Convoy” movement of Canadian truckers, has traveled steadily from Hagerstown Speedway to downtown DC for the past three weeks, typically traveling in groups of large trucks, cars and motor homes.

Landis urged people to convoy Monday to a rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, before heading west, according to the Associated Press. He also hinted at a possible return to the DC area.

“We’re not done here,” he said. “We’ll go to California and raise awareness along the way and hopefully attract more people like we did on our way here. And then, once we’ve stopped that, we’ll come back to finish that job.