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Protesters Block Roads Around Capitol, Park Model Tank in Street

Activists planned to block several intersections during the morning rush

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Protesters calling for congressional action on climate and social policy blocked roads near the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday morning. News4’s Juliana Valencia reports.

Demonstrations on Capitol Hill Tuesday shut down roads and delayed traffic during the morning rush, U.S. Capitol Police say.

Drivers should expect impromptu road closures and delays beginning about 7 a.m., police said.

Activist block streets near the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on December 7, 2021, demanding action from Congress on social programs. (Photo by Brendan SMIALOWSKI / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 07: Activists block traffic at 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW during morning rush hour on December 7, 2021 in Washington, DC. ShutDownDC and other activist groups staged “a multi-site blockade around the US Capitol to demand congressional action on climate, immigration, racial justice, healthcare and childcare, voting rights and statehood for DC, and more.” (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 07: An activist writes a slogan on the ground as activists block traffic at 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW during morning rush hour on December 7, 2021 in Washington, DC. ShutDownDC and other activist groups staged “a multi-site blockade around the US Capitol to demand congressional action on climate, immigration, racial justice, healthcare and childcare, voting rights and statehood for DC, and more.” (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Activist block streets near the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on December 7, 2021, demanding action from Congress on social programs. (Photo by Brendan SMIALOWSKI / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 07: A sign demanding “Healthcare For All” is seen as activists block traffic at Pennsylvania and Constitution Avenues NW during morning rush hour on December 7, 2021 in Washington, DC. ShutDownDC and other activist groups staged “a multi-site blockade around the US Capitol to demand congressional action on climate, immigration, racial justice, healthcare and childcare, voting rights and statehood for DC, and more.” (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 07: Activists play music as they block traffic at Pennsylvania and Constitution Avenues NW during morning rush hour on December 7, 2021 in Washington, DC. ShutDownDC and other activist groups staged “a multi-site blockade around the US Capitol to demand congressional action on climate, immigration, racial justice, healthcare and childcare, voting rights and statehood for DC, and more.” (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Activists with multiple organizations, including ShutDownDC, SPACES In Action, CODEPINK, Arm in Arm Washington DC, Chesapeake Climate Action Network Action Fund, Extinction Rebellion DC, plan to demand congressional action on climate, immigration, racial justice, health care and child care, voting rights and D.C. statehood.

“If we can make sure that we’re building back better for the whole society, for all of America,we can make sure we’re lifting people up,” Ladon Love, executive director of SPACEs in Action, said.

Different blockades focused on different issues. Ladon was participating in one focused on child care, health care and the child tax credit, she said.

One demonstration involved a model tank in the intersection of Independence Ave. and 4th Street SW. Authorities reported the longest closure at that intersection.

About 150 people were set to conduct multiple rallies and street blockades featuring brass and go-go bands and large props, organizers of the event said in a news release.

Musicians with drums and brass instruments were seen playing near a banner that said "build back better for our families," a reference to President Joe Biden's $1.75 trillion social and climate bill.

Intersections involved in the protest include Pennsylvania Ave. and Constitution Ave. NW, 4th St. and Independence Ave. SW.

Capitol Police cleared some demonstration activity by 8 a.m. The intersection of Independence Ave. and 4th Street SW

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