Nearly 600 women were reportedly arrested while protesting family detention.
“These women are protesting right now this inhumane policy by the Trump administration,” said Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. “And it’s not gonna stop until each one of us speak out and are heard on this issue. So speak out now.”
The Women’s March organized an act of civil disobedience and reported that police were arresting women involved. The protesters are demanding an end to family detention and family separations and calling for the abolishment of ICE.
Hundreds of people participated in the rally at the Senate Hart Building — and several female politicians joined, including Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Tammy Duckworth, and Representative Pramila Jayapal, who says she was also arrested.
“I’m proud to have been arrested with them,” she stated. “To put myself in the camp of people who believe that the United States of America is better.”
The protest’s message was also spread online.
Twtter user Mia stated, “Currently women are following the words of @repjohnlewis and getting into “good trouble.” They are practicing #CivilDisobedience and getting arrested to bring attention to Detention Centers and demanding to #EndFamily Detention. I am fine, the children and family are not.”
Wendy Wasserman Schultz tweeted, “Oh my god. This is incredible. Women are going to change this world, with voices, hands and heart. Thank you for your strength and power. I’m in awe, and I am ready to join in. #WomenDisobey.”