Usually when we see lawmakers fighting for their constituents, it is a debate on a news station, or a speech made in front of cameras. However, every now and then, we get to see law makers TRULY fighting for people by doing it the old fashioned way: protesting.
NBC News reports:
“Eight Democratic lawmakers were arrested Tuesday while advocating for comprehensive immigration reform in front of the U.S. Capitol.
Democratic Reps. John Lewis of Georgia, Luis Gutierrez of Illinois, Charlie Rangel of New York, Raul Grijalva of Arizona, Joe Crowley of New York, Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, Keith Ellison of Minnesota and Al Green of Texas were all detained by Capitol Police. The politicians, along with activists who attended an immigration rally on the National Mall Tuesday afternoon, staged a sit-in near the west side of the Capitiol.”
Representative John Luis proudly claimed that this was his 45th arrest, as he has participated in sit-ins and marches throughout his distinguished life of politics and fighting for civil rights.
Several thousand attended the rally, and 200 arrests were made. Not much was expected to come of this rally, as Congress is continuing to battle it out over the government shutdown. The organizers, however, said they were okay with this. The rally was meant to show that the immigration reform fight is not over.
Can we expect to see more lawmakers get arrested for worthy causes in the future? Is this the sign of truly caring congressmen, or just another stunt? Whatever their motive, the decision to engage in civil disobedience was a brave move, and it is likely to affect them in next year’s elections.