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WASHINGTON — Like nearly everything else on Capitol Hill during the government shutdown, comprehensive immigration reform is stalled, leaving angered supporters to hope that another round of mug shots will get the attention of Congress.
Among those protesting and blocking streets in the capital today to draw attention to the issue of immigration reform were eight lawmakers, all of whom were arrested.
Civil rights veteran John Lewis, D-Ga.; Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill.; Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz.; Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y.; Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn.; Rep. Al Green, D-Texas; Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill.; and Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y.; joined 200 others who were arrested as part of a “civil disobedience” event in front of the U.S. capitol.
The “civil disobedience” was part of the “Camino Americano Rally and March for Immigrant Dignity and Respect” and it was also designed to send a message to House Speaker John Boehner and Republican leaders to bring immigration up for a vote.
“We know the votes are there,” Gutierrez said at the rally. “They know the power of our vote, they know the popularity of immigration reform, they know the hunger and passion in our community, and yet we still have not seen immigration reform signed into law by the President because other Republicans are holding it up.”
Approximately 15,000 people took part in the rally on the National Mall.
Rangel was seen giving a thumbs up as he was being handcuffed.
Democrats protest... they get arrested.
Republicans protest... they get away with public vandalism.
Just got back to the computer and just wanted to thank those who kept us updated. Was the best news site for that, as it is for just about anything having to do for "the people". Appreciated.
I am wondering if the White House will even speak about this. Then if they do - will it be to point fingers (exploit for more political gain)?
If Obama speaks about this I may read about it here but have no wish to listen - to be one less set of ears. The media nearly silenced these people this weekend. Had it not been for all of you I wouldn't have known about anything from start to finish. Only reinforced my rationale of getting my news from the people - not MSM.
The SOS Wire Guard: Urgent Call to Action- We are forming a Wire Guard to stand guard at the WWII Memorial (and others around the country) to cut the wires and remove the barricades for as long as they are shut. We need Teams of 2 - One to cut the wires, another to film it. Must be willing to get arrested for civil disobedience....
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Well, about as unsurprising as the sun coming up. Nothing like a weekend of useless talking and walking to prove to the politicians that you are harmless to them.edit on 14-10-2013 by Irako because: (no reason given)