The Rev. Jesse Jackson and Bishop William Barber II were both arrested Wednesday while protesting outside the U.S. Capitol against the filibuster and Republican opposition to a federal minimum wage increase.
“We come not as an insurrection group, but as a resurrection group,” Jackson shouted as the two men marched down Constitution Avenue with hundreds of demonstrators,” according to the Religion News Service. “Today we must fill up the jails. … If you call yourself a child of God, you oughta act like it sometimes.”
In all, nearly two dozen protesters were taken into custody during the Poor People’s Campaign rally, accused of crowding and blocking traffic, according to FOX 5 in Washington.
The civil rights activists called on Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to support a $15 minimum wage and pass the Democrats’ voting rights bill that Republicans successfully filibustered Tuesday.
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