Congressional Black Caucus Chair Joyce Beatty arrested at Senate office building by Capitol Police during a march demanding they pass the ‘For the People Act’

Congressional Black Caucus Chair Joyce Beatty arrested at voting rights protest Good trouble #GoodTrouble

Police arrested Congressional Black Caucus chair, Joyce Beatty, on Thursday afternoon after she led pro-voting rights protesters into a Senate office building.

Beatty, the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, participated in a small rally alongside 12 activists outside the Supreme Court building before marching to Hart, singing songs including “We Shall Overcome” and “This Little Light of Mine.”After a warning from police to clear the area, Beatty was the first person arrested. Other members of the group were also arrested.

Officers moved in as Beatty, 71, and a handful of other activists, including Women’s March co-founders Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory, chanted, ‘Fight for justice,’ and, ‘End the filibuster.’

Capitol Police later said they had arrested nine people for ‘demonstrating in a prohibited area on Capitol Grounds.’

The Ohio Democrat shared photos of herself being zip-tied on her Twitter account with the caption, “Let the people vote. Fight for justice,” subsequently tweeting, “#GoodTrouble,” a reference to the late Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat who served as a civil rights icon for his 60-plus years of social activism.

It comes as voting rights disputes divide the country between left and right: Republicans are devising tighter restrictions, with ID requirements and limited postal, while former President Trump continues to blame fraud for his defeat, while Democrats see an attempt to suppress turnout and make it harder for minorities to vote.   

Beatty laid out her stance in a string of tweets before she was arrested. 

‘Black women are demanding OUR right to vote! We’re marching to the Senate to send a strong message,’ she posted before setting off.

“I stand in solidarity with the Black women and allies across the country in defence of our constitutional right to vote,” Beatty said in a statement posted to her Twitter account after her arrest.

“We have come too far and fought too hard to see everything systematically dismantled and restricted by those who wish to silence us. Be assured that this is just the beginning.

This is Our Power, Our Message.”Thursday’s rally was part of an event called “Speak Out: Call to Action Day on Capitol Hill,” according to a release from Beatty’s office ahead of the protest.

Some of the demonstrators were wearing shirts saying, “Protect Our Voting Rights” and “Black Voters Matter.” Once they had entered Hart through the magnetometers and marched about halfway around the atrium, they stopped and chanted in favour of passing the For the People Act — a sweeping elections bill that Democrats hope will counter GOP efforts to curb voting rights in the states following the 2020 election.

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