Truckers Converge on Capitol

The truckers activist group Truckers and Citizens United is set to hold a rally at the Capitol today to protest high gas prices, with truckers traveling to Washington, D.C. in a convoy from Pennsylvania.

Organizers arranged a meeting in Harrisburg, Pa. at 6 a.m. today, with truckers heading into D.C. in a convoy that reportedly caused rush-hour traffic delays in Pennsylvania. The group called for "everyone who is affected by high fuel costs"--including home heating oil--to gather for the convoy.
The truckers are scheduled to park at RFK stadium and walk to the Capitol, protesting on the Capitol's West lawn. Truckers and Citizens United's scheduling information says the rally's permit lasts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

According to the group's mission statement, Truckers and Citizens United pushes for "immediate stoppage to the subsidies being given to big oil" and release of oil from the nation's strategic petroleum reserves. The group has circulated a petition calling on the U.S. government to act on fuel prices, gathering 1,198 signatures.