Women from the campaign of the poor and its allies rallied in front of the Supreme Court on Monday in an effort to step up pressure on Democratic lawmakers to pass legislation on the right to vote and to vote. other top priorities.
The female-led proceedings culminated when protesters marched from the Supreme Court to the Capitol complex, where much of the crowd was eventually apprehended by Capitol Police.
It was the second Monday in a row that the advocacy group went to the Supreme Court, as the campaign for the poor signaled last week from the steps of the Federal Building that it was launching “a season of nonviolent direct action, moral and civil disobedience. . “The goal is to push Democrats to dissolve the Senate obstruction, pass their franchise legislation, and raise the federal minimum wage to $ 15 by August 6, the 56th anniversary of the signing of the law on voting rights.
“Our democracy is in peril,” Reverend Liz Theoharis, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, told the assembled crowd.
“Our voting rights are under attack and economic justice is denied. … We denounce the immoral obstructionism of Congress, we demand that the US Senate end the filibuster, ”she said.
Systematic obstruction has become the No. 1 public enemy of civil rights defenders; many see it as the main reason why Democrats’ two voting rights bills – the For the People Act and the John lewisJohn Lewis Biden calls for passage of voting rights on anniversary of John Lewis’ death Congress can honor John Lewis legacy with voting rights protections Kings launch effort on rights vote in honor of John Lewis PLUS Voting Rights Advancement Act – do not have a clear path in the Senate.
The procedural rule that requires 60 “yes” votes for debate on a bill to end has proven to be a formidable opponent of Democrats’ legislative imperatives, and the party has yet to find a consensus solution.
Democrats are divided over whether to remove the rule – the Moderate Senses. Joe manchinJoe Manchin The number of Texas State Democrats testing positive for COVID-19 stands at 5 Ex-Sen. Jones tears up Mo Brooks on ‘tongue-in-cheek’ remark about Texas Democrats receiving COVID-19 Why the 0.5 trillion Democrats’ reconciliation bill is a losing game MORE (W.Va.) and Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaWhy the Democrats ‘$ 500 billion reconciliation bill is a lost game Biden’s silence over filibuster is straining Democrats’ patience. Kings Launch Voting Rights Effort in Honor of John Lewis MORE (Arizona) are firmly against the removal of the measure.
Additionally, Manchin voiced concerns about the For the People Act, while remaining optimistic that bipartisan support for the bill named after the late Georgia congressman and voting rights champion. can be generated.
Republicans have called the For the People Act a naked Democratic takeover and GOP support for Bill John Lewis is lukewarm at best.
Neither have nearly the 10 Republican votes required to clear filibuster.
The White House has gone on the offensive in recent weeks, with President BidenJoe BidenGraham says he would ‘leave town’ to stop .5T spending plan Afghan Ambassador, diplomats withdrawn from Islamabad Biden seeks to prove his skeptics wrong MORE and Vice President Harris giving several speeches to encourage public support for the bills.
Both have Biden’s stamp of approval, although the president has not approved any level of filibuster reform.
Overall, voting rights are currently the culmination of partisan struggles, as a flood of restrictive voting rights bills have been introduced and passed in GOP-controlled legislatures since the start of the l ‘year.
Democrats are at a critical juncture with congressional summer recess just weeks away.
House Majority Whip James Clyburn (DS.C.) has proposed allowing a filibuster exception that would allow voting rights bills to circumvent the simple majority rule of procedure.
Some Democrats have clung to Clyburn’s idea, although it is not clear whether his proposal will have substantial resistance.
Thursday, the president of the Congressional Black Caucus Joyce BeattyJoyce Birdson BeattyPhotos of the Week: Wildfires, Texas Democrats and Kings Icon Launch Voting Rights Effort in Honor of John Lewis Beatty Discusses ‘Treatment Disparities’ in His Capitol Arrest MORE (D-Ohio) led a group of pro-voting rights protesters into the Hart Senate office building, which ultimately led to his arrest.
Beatty and her fellow protesters can be heard shouting “end the filibuster” in a video taken by journalists there.