The chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Representative Joyce Beatty, was arrested on Thursday on Capitol Hill together with eight activists who have been demonstrating for voting rights.
“You can arrest me. You can’t stop me. You can’t silence me,” Ms. Beatty, an Ohio Democrat, wrote in a tweet after her arrest by the U.S. Capitol Police within the atrium of a Senate workplace constructing. A reporter on the scene famous on Twitter that her arms had been certain with zip ties earlier than she was led away.
The Capitol Police mentioned in a press release that the protesters had violated a Washington legislation towards crowding or blocking streets or sure areas in public buildings. The protesters have been warned earlier than they have been detained, the police mentioned.
Ms. Beatty and a bunch of activists have been protesting the languishing of the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and the For the People Act in Congress. The two payments intention partially to guard and develop entry to voting, however each are going through lengthy odds of changing into legislation.
Democrats, who’ve slender congressional majorities and want Republican votes to beat a filibuster within the Senate, have expressed frustration for months over their incapability to cross their expansive voting overhauls as Republican state legislatures rush to cross legal guidelines that limit voting rights throughout the nation.
President Biden this week referred to as the battle towards restrictive voting legal guidelines the “most significant test of our democracy since the Civil War,” whilst he appeared to acknowledge that the laws had little hope of passing.
In a press release after her arrest, Ms. Beatty remained defiant.
“I stand in solidarity with Black women and allies across the country in defense of our constitutional right to vote,” she mentioned. “We have come too far and fought too hard to see everything systematically dismantled and restricted by those who wish to silence us.”