Beatty arrested

U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Columbus, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, was arrested July 15 during a demonstration for voting rights at the Hart Senate Office Building.

U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Columbus, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, was arrested July 15 during a demonstration for voting rights at the Hart Senate Office Building.

Beatty said in a press release that this was the first step in her efforts to fight what she sees as a systematic effort by Republicans to restrict voting rights for minorities.

“I stand in solidarity with Black women and allies across the country in defense of our constitutional right to vote,” Beatty said in the statement. “We have come too far and fought too hard to see everything systematically dismantled and restricted by those who wish to silence us. Be assured that this is just the beginning. This is Our Power, Our Message.”

The demonstration came at the end of “Speak Out: Call to Action Day on Capitol Hill,” which her office said in an earlier statement “is in response to numerous voter restriction laws being passed in states across the country, as well as Senate Republicans’ refusal to engage meaningfully in drafting federal legislation to ensure that every American has equal access and opportunity to vote.”

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