600 protestors arrested for staging a sit-in
We have to stand up and put ourselves on the line.
The women of this week’s #Changemaker shout-out had ZERO tolerance for Trump’s zero tolerance immigration policy. So they staged a sit-in this week, bravely demonstrating on the floor of the Senate Hart Office Building, wrapped in foil blankets and in solidarity with each other to protest the separation of immigrant children from their parents and their detainment in tent cities. The sit-in lead to the arrest of almost 600 participants. In true "Alice Paul" fashion, they showed up, spoke up, and put themselves on the line to fight back against the separation of families.
Congressional members sat side-by-side with these protestors, chanting to abolish ICE and reunite families. And they said it best, that this is “What democracy looks like.” Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York took to Twitter later with a public call to “Abolish ICE.” And among those arrested was Representative Pramila Jayapal of Washington. “This is about right and wrong,” she said.
As Rep. Jayapal’s call to action on Facebook said, “We have to stand up and put ourselves on the line,” Well she certainly put action behind her words. And that is what democracy looks like. 💪👊