The Rev. Jesse Jackson was arrested along with William Barber protesting in front of Dem Senator Kyrsten Sinema’s Phoenix office yesterday. Jesse Jackson confirmed the arrest saying, “Police arrested us, gave us our rights. We are willing to pay the price to help our nation.”
“Reverend Barber and Reverend Jesse Jackson are being arrested along with all the other diligent people who are here to talk to Kyrsten Sinema about the filibuster. All these people here get credit for having this rally. It has been a very successful one, and they will be getting out momentarily. They will arrest everyone in there on trespassing charges only,” Jarrett Maupin Sr. said.
“We are gathering a diverse coalition of progressive individuals to demand that Sen. Sinema vote to end the filibuster and do her part, as our elected Democrat Senator, to restore the Voting Rights Act. The time is always now to do what is right, empower the disenfranchised. The filibuster is very important part of our society, and they need to figure out how to fix it or nix it,” said Maupin.
He continued: “We have seen the fruits of regressive politics in Washington D.C. It is time to return to progressive policies that will result in people earning living wages, having affordable housing, and being able to vote without impediments.
“The Senate Filibuster is being used to obstruct the will of the American people. The filibuster is being used by Republicans to delay forming a more perfect Union.
“Obstructionist-minded senators should not be allowed to hold peace, prosperity, and equity hostage.
“The continued refusal to eliminate the filibuster and fully restore the Voting Rights Act is having a direct negative impact on the lives of people of color, the poor, and the working poor. Senator Sinema needs to know this,” he added.
A spokesperson for Senator Sinema’s office said:
“The filibuster compels moderation and helps protect the country from wild swings between opposing policy poles.
“To those who want to eliminate the legislative filibuster to pass the For the People Act (voting-rights legislation I support and have co-sponsored), I would ask: Would it be good for our country if we did, only to see that legislation rescinded a few years from now and replaced by a nationwide voter-ID law or restrictions on voting by mail in federal elections, over the objections of the Senate minority?”
Local reporter Brahm Resnik caught the moment on camera saying:
“Now Revs Jesse Jackson & William Barber will be arrested and released by Phoenix police in protest outside @SenatorSinema’s Camelback Rd office, per Jackson assistant. Rev. Jesse Jackson emerging from suv after civil rights icon was arrested by Phoenix PD in protest at @SenatorSinema’s district office.
“Rev William Barber was also in vehicle after his arrest. Protesters were charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass.”
Rev. Jesse Jackson emerging from suv after civil rights icon was arrested by Phoenix PD in protest at @SenatorSinema’s district office. Rev William Barber was also in vehicle after his arrest. Protesters were charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass. pic.twitter.com/g8DHiQ7Uob— Brahm Resnik (@brahmresnik) July 26, 2021
SINEMA RESPONDS Through spokesman, senator warns of 'wild swings' in election law if filibuster goes away. pic.twitter.com/HiCrkZsfO8— Brahm Resnik (@brahmresnik) July 26, 2021