A large part of prepping for SHTF is having all the necessary and essential information that allows you to plan for and avert dangerous conditions. Civil unrest continues to evolve and become more and more of a threat to our modern society.
A potential dangerous situation is likely to erupt tomorrow in Chicago as protesters announce their mission to shut down a major city freeway.
The protesters will deploy “civil disobedience” on the Dan Ryan freeway on Saturday. The execution of the civil disturbances will be led by activist and South Side priest Michael Pfleger. Pfleger released a message stating that city officials need to fix neighborhoods and curb gun violence, something he notes as being down, but not by enough.
“We’re still on target to go,” Pfleger told the Tribune Thursday. “I can’t predict anything right now, but we’re taking a page from the civil rights movement. When nothing else was working, civil disobedience is what eventually made authorities and the government listen.”
Pfleger is demanding meetings with both Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner.
Heed the warning if you live in the area or may potentially travel through the area, this is something you should choose to avoid.
Chicago police have asked the Pfleger reconsider carrying out the potential chaos, but that’s not likely given Pfleger’s history.
“If people break the law, we may have to arrest people. But that’s not what our goal is here,” Illinois State Police Director Leo Schmitz said at a press gathering: “Our goal is to save lives, whether it be the young children or people in the city or motorists. We just don’t want anybody to get hurt.”
The 69-year-old ‘south sider’ has ties to Louis Farrakhan and a ledger of stirring up publicity. In 2000, Pfleger told local parishioners to pay for prostitutes as a way to offer them counseling. He’s taken on rappers and drug pushers. In 2003, he aligned himself with controversial Al Sharpton, giving Sharpton a platform at his Mass to allow him to speak to his radical views.
But its his gun control push that’s been the most concerning and controversial. He’s protested numerous local Chicago gun stores. Back in 2007, Pfleger was accused of threatening to kill Chuck’s Gun Shop & Range owner John Riggio.
“He’s the owner of Chuck’s. John Riggio. R-i-g-g-i-o. We’re going to find you and snuff you out… You know you’re going to hide like a rat. You’re going to hide but like a rat we’re going to catch you and pull you out.” Stated Pfleger, a statement the priest later claimed was misinterpretted. Pfleger was condemned by Cardinal George regarding his threats and activities related to the matter.
Pfleger and Jesse Jackson were both arrested for blocking the entrance to Riggio’s store following the threat incident.
Pfleger stoked racial flamed when he made divisive statements regarding Hillary Clinton in 2008 when she was running against Barack Obama during the Democrativ Primaries.
“I really believe that she just always thought, ‘This is mine. I’m Bill’s wife. I’m white, and this is mine. I just gotta get up and step into the plate.’ Then out of nowhere came, ‘Hey, I’m Barack Obama,’ and she said, ‘Oh, damn! Where did you come from? I’m white! I’m entitled! There’s a black man stealing my show!'” He then mocked Clinton by wiping fake tears from his face, a reference to Clinton’s passionate speech before the New Hampshire primary, and added, “She wasn’t the only one crying. There was a whole lot of white people crying.”
Obama condemned the priest for the statements.
The best way to avoid danger during civil disruptions is to begin by avoiding any areas that may play host to them. In this case, local Chicago residents are being told point blank where the civil uprisings will happen. That said, any urban area in Chicago is a potential danger zone.
If you do happen to get trapped in a bad situation, stay in your car and stay as calm as possible. Don’t engage the protesters who are likely looking for a reason to further erupt and cause mass chaos. You don’t want to make a bad situation worse. If you can, just wait it out. Blend in with the other cars and don’t make too much eye contact.
Last week, a Pittsburgh driver was charged for driving through, and around, “civil disobedience” protesters in downtown Pittsburgh. The driver of the car clearly attempted to avoid the protesters and rightfully drive on a public road, however, the city intends to charge him with reckless driving. This is important to note for those who believe that common-sense interpretations of the law will be on your side if you are trapped in a bad situation.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.
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