A protest outside the American Nurses Association building in downtown Silver Spring on Monday disrupted traffic and left some workers in the area on edge.
Jemarion Jones, a spokeswoman for the ANA, said demonstrators with ADAPT — an organization that advocates on behalf of people with disabilities — blocked entrances to ANA’s headquarters at 8515 Georgia Ave., preventing anyone from entering or leaving the building.
Americans Disabled for Attendant Programs Today, or ADAPT, is advocating for law changes that would allow more people with disabilities to get services in their homes rather than requiring them to live in institutions. The demonstration was to spur a meeting with the ANA, according to the organization’s tweets.
Representatives from ADAPT could not be reached for comment by phone Monday.
Montgomery County police spokeswoman Blanca Kling said parts of of Georgia and Wayne Avenues were shut down because of the protest, though police were unable to provide many details about the incident.
Michelle Forman, who works at the Association of Public Health Laboratories, in the same building as the ANA, said the shouting protesters could be heard from her seventh-floor office.
She said she and her colleagues were concerned and left the building, but had to exit through a staircase because the elevators were locked. It took nearly 25 minutes to get her car out of the parking garage, she said.
Jones said ANA staff was escorted out the building by police. She said she didn’t hear of any threats or violence.
Jones said the ANA invited the group to meet if the demonstrators would disperse, but the group refused. But the organization, in a flurry of tweets, disputed ANA’s claim that it extended an invitation to meet.