Many Legislators, Including AOC, Are Arrested During Supreme Court Protest
On Tuesday, Capitol Police detained Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and over a dozen other Democratic politicians for attending an abortion rights protest outside the Supreme Court.
After receiving multiple warnings, the Capitol Police stated that the demonstrators continued to block traffic and were arrested. When protesters ignored orders to vacate the roadway, police began arresting them.
The local offence of “Crowding, Obstructing, or Incommoding” resulted in 34 arrests, as reported by the department. The arrest total includes 16 members of Congress, according to the police. The politicians will likely be released after paying a fine.
Capitol Police told The Daily Beast they will tweet out all the details of the arrests and that “the press reach out to a Member’s office for any comments about a Member of Congress.”
Other progressive members of the so-called Squad were also detained by police after the demonstration, in addition to Ocasio-Cortez, who has been vocal in protesting against the Supreme Court’s recent verdict that removed the federal right to abortion.
Video of Rep. Cori Bush (R-MO) being escorted out of the building by police alongside Ocasio-Cortez, Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Ilhan Omar was released on Twitter by Bush’s office (D-MN).
As the man St. Louis sent to Washington to fight for our rights and better our lives, I pledge to do everything in my ability in the Congress. That is why, as Bush explained in a later statement, he is giving his all to the fight for his hometown. “Today was not the first day I have put my body on the line for our freedom, and I am willing to do it again. Reproductive justice and access to abortion are fundamental human rights, and we must do everything in our ability to ensure they are protected.
On Twitter, Omar also posted a video of her arrest, which she said occurred “while participating in a civil disobedience action with” her colleagues legislators.
She then wrote, “I will continue to do everything in my power to raise the alarm about the assault on our reproductive rights!” with a raised fist emoji.
The history and struggle for reform has always included acts of civil disobedience. Tlaib claimed in a statement that “this moment and the fight for women’s and reproductive rights calls for it.” It is not done yet, and we need to keep fighting for our rights with decisive measures. We will not give in.
The New York representative, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, was arrested and carried away by police, and her office uploaded video of the incident with the caption, “protesting in support of abortion rights.”
Reporters at the site said that additional members of Congress were also arrested, including Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA), and Rep. Andy Levin (D-MI).
It was reported that about 150 people participated in the demonstration, which was organised by the Center for Popular Democracy Action in conjunction with the legislators.
The CPDA network and Democratic members of Congress “sent a powerful message to Republican lawmakers and SCOTUS today: we will not back down,” CPDA Co-Executive Director Analilia Mejia declared.
In an adjacent outside detention unit, Levin was seen wearing a green bandana and told the press that the Senate filibuster should be abolished so that Roe v. Wade could be enacted after protesters were arrested outside the Supreme Court
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), another member who was arrested, told Axios after the protest that there “is no democracy if women do not have control over their own bodies and decisions about their own health, including reproductive care.”
At the same time, Speier suggested that Democratic lawmakers might take part in subsequent demonstrations. She urged us to “stay tuned.”