Georgia Democratic Rep. Hank Johnson was arrested on Thursday for protesting voting laws and the Senate filibuster.
“In the spirit of my dear friend and mentor – the late Congressman John Lewis – I was getting in #goodtrouble,” Johnson tweeted regarding the event.
.@BlackCaucus I was arrested today protesting against Senate inaction on voting rights legislation & filibuster reform. In the spirit of my dear friend and mentor – the late Congressman John Lewis – I was getting in #goodtrouble pic.twitter.com/JjN51mRpaC
— Rep. Hank Johnson (@RepHankJohnson) July 22, 2021
Protesting Voting Rights and the Filibuster
Capitol Police said Johnson and other protesters were blocking entry to a building entryway, leading to his arrest.
— Tia Mitchell, AJC’s Washington Correspondent (@ajconwashington) July 22, 2021
The protest included a chant against the filibuster, saying, “The filibuster has got to go.”
RT! “Hey hey. Ho ho. The filibuster has got to go.”
These men, including US House Rep. Hank Johnson, were arrested shortly after this video was taken.
— Nick Knudsen 🇺🇸 (@NickKnudsenUS) July 22, 2021
Capitol Police told Fox News they arrested 10 individuals for “unlawfully demonstrating outside of the Hart Senate Office Building.”
From Georgia to D.C.
Johnson’s home state of Georgia recently faced intense criticism after Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed a new voting reform law into effect. Push back came from several companies, the federal government and resulted in moving the Major League Baseball All-Star Game from Georgia to Colorado.
Johnson is the second Democratic House member to be arrested this month for protesting. Ohio Rep. Joyce Beatty was arrested last week in the Senate building for her voting rights protest.
For the second time in a week, “a black lawmaker has been arrested for protesting voting rights”. This time it was Georgia Rep. (Bro.) Hank Johnson. pic.twitter.com/vOzJnunE6j
— Omega Psi Phi (@OfficialOPPF) July 22, 2021
The efforts seek to draw attention to the HR 1 For the People Act as well as to fight the Senate filibuster that requires a 60 vote supermajority to pass most legislation and has stopped many of the Biden administration’s bills from moving forward.