Rep. Joyce Beatty detained during protest against voting rights

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Rep. Joyce Beatty was detained by Capitol Police as she protested in the Hart Senate Office Building for the passage of the Democrats’ For The People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act.

Beatty (D-Ohio), the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, was one of nine protesters arrested during the demonstration after escorting the group to the building’s atrium, where they chanted “end to the filibuster.” .

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The Ohio Democrat was seen shortly after being removed from the building wearing ties.

“We are not going to turn around. We will keep walking. We will fight for freedom. We will fight for our right to vote!” she tweeted along with a photo of her arms with fellow protesters.

Let the people vote. Fight for justice,” she said in a subsequent tweet alongside photos of her arrest.

Beatty’s arrest comes as Texas House Democrats wanted to meet with some Democratic lawmakers who were traveling on chartered planes to Washington in an effort to block a Republican-backed electoral integrity bill by denying the chamber quorum in the state legislature.

Democrats have been highly critical of the red states’ reform efforts, arguing that the changes will make it harder to vote and disenfranchise people of color, and are pushing for a federal-level overhaul of the system.

Voting rights activists, led by Rep.  Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio) protest in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 15, 2021.
Voting rights activists, led by Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio), staged a protest at the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 15, 2021.
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But Republicans have quashed attacks on the changes, arguing that the SR 1, also known as the For The People Act, is an attempt to seize power by Democrats and is a violation of states’ rights.

The measure was blocked during a procedural vote in the Senate in June, leading to calls from some progressives to eliminate the filibuster.

Top Democrats also have pleaded for the passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, named after the late civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), who wants to restore protections from the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

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