The chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Consultant Joyce Beatty, was arrested on Thursday on Capitol Hill together with eight activists who had been demonstrating for voting rights.
“You may arrest me. You may’t cease me. You may’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 noted on Twitter that her arms had been certain with zip ties earlier than she was led away.
The Capitol Police said in a statement that the protesters had violated a Washington legislation towards crowding or blocking streets or sure areas in public buildings. The protesters had been warned earlier than they had been detained, the police mentioned.
Ms. Beatty and a gaggle of activists had been protesting the languishing of the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and the For the People Act in Congress. The 2 payments purpose partly to guard and develop entry to voting, however each are going through lengthy odds of turning into legislation.
Democrats, who’ve slim congressional majorities and wish Republican votes to beat a filibuster within the Senate, have expressed frustration for months over their incapability to move their expansive voting overhauls as Republican state legislatures rush to move legal guidelines that restrict voting rights throughout the nation.
President Biden this week known as the combat towards restrictive voting legal guidelines the “most significant test of our democracy since the Civil War,” at the same time as he appeared to acknowledge that the laws had little hope of passing.
In a statement after her arrest, Ms. Beatty remained defiant.
“I stand in solidarity with Black girls and allies throughout the nation in protection of our constitutional proper to vote,” she mentioned. “We’ve come too far and fought too laborious to see every part systematically dismantled and restricted by those that want to silence us.”