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The Longworth Building cafeteria, a heavily trafficked lunch spot on Capitol Hill, was bustling around 12:30 p.m. when two to three dozen clergy members let out a cry of "Black Lives Matter" and lay down on the floor in front of the cash registers.
The protest comes as demonstrations continue throughout the country, spurred by several high profile cases of unarmed black men being killed by police officers last year.
NPR covered Bend the Arc's press conference at the U.S. Capitol during our Voting Rights Day of Action.
Bend the Arc is calling out Utah Congressman Rob Bishop for what it calls his hypocritical actions regarding the Voting Rights Act. “I would like to ask Rep. Bishop," said Stosh Cotler, CEO of Bend the Arc, "What happened in the last eight years that convinced you that we no longer need to protect the right to vote?”
On May Day, Hadar Susskind, Director of Bend the Arc Jewish Action, was arrested alongside undocumented immigrants protesting the Administration’s excessive deportation policy. “If I learned one thing in jail,” wrote Hadar, “It’s that the greatest acts of courage come from the people who have the most to lose.”
Advocates are championing the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014, which has faced GOP resistance. Editorial writer Darryl E. Owens discusses the cause in an email interview with Stosh Cotler, CEO of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, part of the coalition