Protest crowd

With much of Anchorage back in lockdown mode after the latest emergency order issued by Acting Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson, area residents are planning to voice their opposition at the upcoming Anchorage Assembly meeting.

A notice of the Dec. 8 protest is circulating on Facebook, asking residents to help “End the Lockdown!”

The planned gathering is only the latest in a long string of rallies, rolling caravans and protests outside the Anchorage Assembly Chambers and City Hall, which had drawn hundreds of participants since this past spring.

Anchorage is currently under shutdown orders that include the shuttering of all in-door service for bars, restaurants, diners and other eating establishments. It also completely closes theaters, bowling allies and most other entertainment venues, while allowing day cares and day camps to operate at full capacity.

At the Dec. 8 meeting the Anchorage Assembly will consider an ordinance introduced by Assembly members Jamie Allard and John Weddleton to terminate the citywide emergency proclamation and thereby rescind Quinn-Davidson’s emergency powers to enact mandates. It’s unlikely, however, that the Assembly would take this action as the pro-shutdown members enjoy a solid majority.

The meeting begins at 5 p.m. in the Assembly Chambers at the Loussac Library. The public may participate in person, through written comments emailed to, or by phone.

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Anchorage residents to protest latest shutdown at Dec. 8 Assembly meeting

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 20 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.