Consultant Hank Johnson, Democrat of Georgia, was amongst a gaggle of protesters arrested on the Capitol advanced on Thursday whereas demonstrating for voting rights and towards the filibuster within the Senate. The arrest got here one week after the chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus was arrested by U.S. Capitol Police, additionally whereas demonstrating for voting rights.
“I used to be arrested in the present day protesting towards Senate inaction on voting rights laws & filibuster reform,” Mr. Johnson wrote on Twitter. “Within the spirit of my pricey buddy and mentor — the late Congressman John Lewis — I used to be getting in #goodtrouble.”
In a video posted to his Twitter account, Mr. Johnson could possibly be seen persevering with to chant with protesters even after he was taken into custody along with his arms sure in zip ties.
Tia Mitchell, a reporter with The Atlanta Journal-Structure who was on the scene, posted a video on Twitter displaying Mr. Johnson and different protesters with their arms linked, blocking a doorway. They had been warned by U.S. Capitol Police that they could possibly be arrested for demonstrating and not using a allow, according to Ms. Mitchell.
Final Thursday, Consultant Joyce Beatty, Democrat of Ohio, was amongst 9 individuals arrested within the atrium of a Senate workplace constructing whereas demonstrating in favor of two voting rights payments in Congress, the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and the For the Individuals Act.
Each measures goal to guard and broaden entry to voting however face lengthy odds of turning into legislation as a result of Democrats, who’ve a slim majority within the Senate, want Republican votes to beat a filibuster. For months, Democrats have expressed frustration over their incapacity to advance their expansive voting overhauls as Republican state legislatures rush to cross legal guidelines that prohibit voting rights throughout the nation.
President Biden final week known as the battle towards restrictive voting legal guidelines the “most vital take a look at of our democracy for the reason that Civil Conflict,” whilst he appeared to acknowledge that the laws had little hope of passing. At a televised city corridor on Wednesday in Cincinnati, the president defended maintaining the filibuster, saying that eliminating it will “throw the complete Congress into chaos and nothing will get carried out.”
As information and pictures of the arrests unfold throughout social media, some famous the distinction between the remedy of the members of Congress, who’re each Black, and the a whole lot of rioters who trespassed on the Capitol on Jan. 6 who weren’t detained, though police made efforts to impede them.
In an interview with Elle about her arrest, Ms. Beatty identified the identical discrepancy.
“On the Jan. 6 riot, you had 1000’s of individuals damaging federal property, speeding and breaking down doorways,” Ms. Beatty stated. “Individuals had been dying. There was nothing peaceable about it. And look what occurred. That day there have been no arrests, no handcuffs, no paddy wagons.”