Representative of the Congressional Black Caucus, Rep. Joyce BT, was arrested Thursday along with eight activists protesting for the right to vote on Capitol Hill.
“You can arrest me. You can’t stop me, you can’t silence me, “said Mrs. BT, an Ohio Democrat. Wrote a tweet U.S. Capitol police arrested him on the porch of the Senate office building. A reporter at the scene Mentioned on Twitter His hands were tied to the jeep before he could be taken away.
The Capital Police said in a statement Protesters that violated Washington law against holding public gatherings or blocking certain places on roads or government buildings. Police said they were warned before the protesters were arrested.
Mr. BT and a group of activists in Congress were protesting the exploitation of the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and The People’s Act. Parts of the two bills are intended to protect and expand voting access, but both face the long-standing challenge of becoming law.
Democrats, who have a majority in Congress and need a Republican vote to overtake a filibuster in the Senate, have expressed frustration for months over their inability to reform their broad vote as Republican state legislatures rush to pass laws restricting the right to vote across the country.
President Biden this week called the fight against the restricted voting law “the most important test of our democracy since the civil war,” even though he thinks the law has little hope of being passed.
In this Statement After his arrest, Misa BT remained a rebel.
“I stand in solidarity with black women and allies across the country in support of our constitutional right to vote,” she said. “We have come a long way from us and have fought very hard to see everything regularly broken and limited by those who want to silence us.”