feature: activist and actress rosario dawson arrested alongside 900+ anti-citizen united protestors in d.c.

April 18, 2016

Last week, during Democracy Spring’s huge action in Washington, D.C., actress and activist Rosario Dawson was arrested alongside hundreds of protestors demonstrating against Citizens United and advocating the passage of the Government by the People Act & Fair Elections Now Act, the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015, Voter Empowerment Act of 2015, and the Democracy for All Amendment. More than 900 activists have been arrested since the movement’s opening demonstration, a march which stretched 140-miles from Philadelphia to D.C., and including peaceful, mass sit-ins, among other things. “I wanted personally to be in solidarity with the other folks who put themselves on the line and really just to bring attention to this because I think that’s just vitally important,” said Dawson.

Democracy Spring campaign director, Kai Newkirk was arrested with Dawson and the other activists as well.

By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor

Picture credit: Eric Byler of The Young Turks

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