May 28, 2023
Politically Speaking

Congressman Jamaal Bowman Arrested During Voting Rights Protest

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Congressman Jamaal Bowman, Ed.D (NY-16) was arrested alongside at least 20 others, including faith leaders and youth who have been hunger striking for our democracy, outside the U.S. Capitol Building on Thursday during a protest over voting rights.

“Today, Congressman Jamaal Bowman joined a voting rights non-violent direct action at the North Barricade of the U.S. Capitol Building and was arrested by the U.S. Capitol Police,” Marcus Frias, Director of Communications for Congressman Jamaal Bowman, Ed.D (NY-16) shared with Black Westchester. “We will provide more information and updates as we gather them.”

The demonstration comes hours after Democrats failed to change Senate rules in order to pass voting rights legislation ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.

US Capitol Police said in a tweet that before noon Thursday, “demonstrators started blocking one side of the North Barricade outside the US Capitol,” adding that officers started making arrests after issuing three warnings to the protesters.

The department said it had arrested more than two dozen people in connection to the protest.

Bowman’s colleagues in the House Progressive Caucus took to Twitter in support of his activism, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib tweeted she “stand with” him and Congressman Chuy García cheered him for being “arrested while fighting for the voting rights of millions.”

At time of publishing Congressman Bowman’s office informed Black Westchester that, “the Congressman has been released.”

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Ken Bright January 20, 2022 at 8:28 PM

Thank Congressman Bowman for your sacrifice towards equal justice in voting rights.

Stephanie S. Swann January 20, 2022 at 3:56 PM

It’s starting again!! When Dr. Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. was arrested for the same reason!! How many of us are willing to stand up and do the same for our rights as Human Beings!!

AJ Woodson January 20, 2022 at 5:15 PM

unfortunately, I think we are about to find out


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