VP Kamala Harris Invites Black Women Protestors to Discuss Voting Rights at White House
By: ShaCamree Gowdy
Vice President Kamala Harris invited Black women protestors and activists to the White House for a meeting on Friday to talk about voting rights.
The invite comes a day after protestors, including Congressional Black Caucus Chair Joyce Beatty and Melanie Campbell of the Black Women’s Roundtable, were arrested on Capitol Hill, as reported by ABC News’ Briana Stewart.
In what’s being hailed a “true act of solidarity,” the 10 Black women were transported in a holding van and subjected to less than standard conditions, including a community toilet.
“I stand in solidarity with the Black women and allies across the country in defense of our constitutional right to vote,” Beatty said in a statement after her arrest. “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 National Coalition for Black Civic Participation ensured that all the ladies would be covered financially in case something like this did happen, and the NAACP confirmed that it will contribute monetarily to the individuals’ release.
“It’s a shame that this is STILL the price you pay for defending democracy!” NAACP President Derrick Johnson said on Twitter.
It’s a shame that this is STILL the price you pay for defending democracy! https://t.co/0ZtnirdTds
— Derrick Johnson (@DerrickNAACP) July 15, 2021
Tamika Mallory of Unit Freedom, LaTosha Brown of Black Voters Matter, and former First Lady of Washington Cora Masters Barry also took part in the demonstration, but were not arrested or handcuffed, as reported by Stewart.