Rep. Jamaal Bowman Arrested Alongside Activists Protesting For Voting Rights

Over two dozen young people on a hunger strike were also arrested while protesting lawmakers’ failure to pass key voting rights legislation.

Voting Rights, Jamaal Bowman

1/21/2022 2:14:00 AM

Over two dozen young people on a hunger strike were also arrested while protesting lawmakers’ failure to pass key voting rights legislation.

Over two dozen young people on a hunger strike were also arrested while protesting lawmakers’ failure to pass key voting rights legislation.

On Wednesday,Republicans in the Senate filibustered sweeping voting rights legislation, the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act.In a subsequent vote, Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), voted against their Democratic colleagues’ efforts to change filibuster rules in order to pass legislation with a simple majority, effectively blocking the voting rights legislation from passing.

The young activists, organized by, said in a release that they “will not forget which of our Senators stood up for democracy, and which stood aside as it crumbled.”AdvertisementA spokesperson for Bowman’s office said in a statement that they would provide further updates on the lawmaker’s arrest “as we gather them.”

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, demanding federal voting rights legislation. Youth activists ended their strike on Thursday. On Wednesday, Republicans in the Senate filibustered sweeping voting rights legislation , the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act. In a subsequent vote, Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), voted against their Democratic colleagues’ efforts to change filibuster rules in order to pass legislation with a simple majority, effectively blocking the voting rights legislation from passing. The young activists, organized by , said in a release that they “will not forget which of our Senators stood up for democracy, and which stood aside as it crumbled.” Advertisement A spokesperson for Bowman’s office said in a statement that they would provide further updates on the lawmaker’s arrest “as we gather them.” Bowman’s colleagues in the House Progressive Caucus took to Twitter in support of his activism, saying