Two hundred clergy and activists, including Reverend Jesse Jackson, were arrested Monday during a protest outside the United States Capitol.
The protest, organized by Poor People’s Campaign, was part of a series of events to demand better access to votes, an end to the filibuster, a $15 per hour minimum wage and protections for immigrants.
Speakers at the meeting — which began in Washington DC in front of Union Station and ended at the Capitol — included Lyndon B. Johnson’s daughter Luci Baines Johnson. Her father signed the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which organizers say “has been stripped since then.”
She told the meeting: “The vote gave Americans of all backgrounds an opportunity to address inequality in our country.
“Those who want to restrict access to that voice will strangle freedom and justice for all.
‘I cannot speak for our father now, as I dared not during his lifetime. But I’m sure he would want us to fight with you for social justice and voting rights.”
Lyndon B. Johnson’s daughter, Luci Baines Johnson, can be seen Monday at a rally in Washington DC. She told the crowd that her father – who passed the Voting Rights Act in 1965 – would have supported the march
Reverend Jesse Jackson is seen on Monday addressing the crowd in Washington DC
Jackson stands next to a sign listing the campaigners’ demands. They want them passed by Congress before August 6, the 56th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act
The group gathered in front of Union Station in Washington DC before marching through the city toward the United States Capitol
Activists held placards and wore matching t-shirts that read: ‘Protect freedom: vote’
Reverend Liz Theoharis, a co-founder of Poor People’s Campaign in New York City, addresses the rally
The group marched past the Capitol and the U.S. Supreme Court, then was denied entry to the Hart Senate Office Building.
They demanded a meeting with high-ranking Republican in the Senate Mitch McConnell, and also asked for a meeting with Democratic Senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona – both “swing” senators who are opposed to ending senators. have spoken the filibuster.
Jackson was arrested on July 26 along with Bishop Barber and 37 others after refusing to leave Sinema’s Phoenix office. He was also arrested on June 23 at an earlier meeting of the Poor People’s Campaign.
The activists are demanding Congress approve their petitions before August 6, the 56th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.
Last week, the group held a four-day march from Georgetown, Texas, to Austin, Texas, ending July 31 with a gathering of thousands of faith leaders and low-paid workers at the state capitol in Austin.
The protesters refused to leave the street entrance on Monday and the Capitol Police began arresting them for obstruction.
Bishop William J. Barber addresses the crowd ahead of Monday’s march
Cheers erupted from the crowd as famed civil rights leader Jesse Jackson was arrested, then Bishop William J. Barber and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, the co-founders of the organization.
The Capitol police set up tables in the shade to process all those arrested one by one, including those in wheelchairs and elderly protesters with walkers.
Organizers and onlookers described it as one of the biggest days of mass arrests in recent history, with the Capitol Police confirming 204 arrests.
The group marched through the streets and refused to disperse when asked by the police
Protesters on Monday are seen queuing as police prepare to make their arrests for obstruction
“At approximately 1:30 p.m., the United States Capitol Police responded to a demonstration 100 block off Constitution Avenue, NE,” a spokesman told DailyMail.com.
The protesters were arrested after being given a third and final loudspeaker warning to leave the street. 204 people were arrested for crowding, obstruction or incommodation.’
Atlanta senator Rev. Raphael Warnock attended the rally, but Jackson said Joe Biden should have been at the march.
“If we lose, they lose,” Jackson said.
‘If we lose, democracy loses.
“If we lose, the nation loses credibility in the world.”