Jun 23, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Jesse Jackson and Bishop Barber arrested at filibuster protest

Jesse Jackson (C), at a press conference in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on August 27, 2020, to address the police shooting of Jacob Blake, Jr., on August 23

The Rev. Jesse Jackson at a 2020 press conference in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

Rev. Jesse Jackson and Bishop William Barber were among a group of civil rights leaders arrested outside the Senate during a protest calling for the filibuster's abolition on Wednesday.

Driving the news: The demonstration also called on senators to pass a sweeping voting rights bill that was blocked in the Senate on Tuesday, which was co-sponsored by every Democratic senator except for Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.).

  • Jackson and Barber were among some 20 protesters arrested for crowding or obstructing, Capitol Police said, per Fox 5.
  • Just before the arrests, Barber and other demonstrators unrolled a sign that read: "Manchin, stop hurting West Virginia: Stop the filibuster," the Religion News Service reports.

What they're saying: Both Barber and Jackson addressed their impending arrests as a necessity for change at the protest.

  • Jackson noted that "we come not as an insurrection group, but as a resurrection group" and "today we must fill up the jails ... if you call yourself a child of God, you oughta act like it sometimes," per RNS.
  • Barber added: "It took this to win it, it's going to take this to keep it."
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