Arrests were reported at sit-ins and protests outside the offices of U.S. lawmakers nationwide on Thursday as progressive groups mobilized in anticipation of a mid-July vote on the Senate GOP’s Trumpcare bill, which would strip health insurance from 22 million people, dismantle Medicaid, and potentially kill thousands per year.
Democracy Spring, Our Revolution, Democratic Socialists of America, The Working Families Party, UltraViolet, and other organizations joined in what has been described as “a mass act of civil disobedience.” The groups made one simple demand of the senators whose offices they occupied: Vote ‘no’ on the so-called Better Care Reconciliation Act.
Hundreds of activists across the country joined the action. Some delivered speeches from inside their senators’ offices while others—like residents of Pennsylvania and Kentucky, home to Sens. Pat Toomey and Mitch McConnell—were forced to protest outside in the rain after being denied entry. Many arrests have been made, but the exact number is unknown.
Democracy Spring compiled a list of links to video streams of sit-ins across the country.
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