The “People’s Convoy” of truckers that spent several weeks clogging traffic in Washington, D.C., in protest of COVID-19 public health restrictions and vaccination mandates is scheduled to hold a “Defeat the Mandates” rally Sunday in downtown Los Angeles.
The convoy, which included roughly 100 vehicles in Washington, D.C., initially left from San Bernardino County en route to Capitol Hill to protest COVID mandates earlier this year. After three weeks in Washington, the convoy began making its way back to the West Coast in late March.
It was not clear how many trucks are still in the convoy. Organizers of Sunday’s scheduled rally at Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles said several trucks would be parked at the location, with 10 to 20 more parked off-site.
Brian Brase, a co-organizer of the convoy, is expected to be the keynote speaker at the rally, which will begin at noon and is expected to last until 6 p.m., with dozens of other people expected to address the crowd.
Other scheduled speakers include best-selling author Naomi Wolf, comedian Jimmy Dore, former “60 Minutes” correspondent Lara Logan, Dicky Barrett — former lead singer of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” announcer — and Dr. Robert Malone, who was involved in early mRNA vaccine development.
“The idea that our government wants to mandate forced vaccination as a prerequisite to having a job in this state is absolutely unacceptable and, we believe, unconstitutional,” John Knox of the group Firefighters4Freedom said in a statement released by rally organizers.
Sunday’s rally will be hosted by the organization Defeat the Mandates, which has sponsored anti-vaccine and anti-mandate events across the country.
According to organizers, “Americans face growing censorship, and even risk losing their jobs and being deplatformed on social media, for voicing personal opinions that run counter to the ever-changing narrative of government regulatory agencies which have been captured by the pharmaceutical industry. Many feel that discrimination on the basis of vaccination status in countless facets of American life is un-American.”
When the People’s Convoy left Washington, D.C., organizers announced their intent to travel back to California, highlighting a series of bills pending in the state Legislature relating to COVID and vaccine mandates that the group opposes.
“We have an opportunity to help raise awareness and hopefully stop some very atrocious bills before they become laws,” Mike Landis, a People’s Convoy co-organizer, said in a statement released when the convoy began its westward journey. “This mission directly aligns with what the People’s Convoy stands for and is fighting against. Laws first passed in California tend to spread to other states.”
Following the Los Angeles rally Sunday, the truckers are expected to head north to Sacramento.