Protest by minority contractors planned

Monday, July 13, 2009 | 1:01 p.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS — A planned shutdown of Interstate 70 in St. Louis could add to traffic snarls as the city celebrates All-Star game festivities.

Some minority contractors plan a shutdown Monday, saying not enough progress has been made since the last one 10 years ago.

Makal Ali with the African-American Business and Contractors Association says his organization is planning a shutdown of I-70 sometime Monday evening.

Ten years ago, more than 100 people, including the Reverend Al Sharpton and Urban League President James Buford, were arrested on I-70.

That protest led to the creation of a construction trades school in the city and increased participation for minority firms in construction.

The AABCA says there is still an unacceptable lack of minority participation in construction projects.


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