More than 600 protesters, mostly women, were arrested on Thursday after they staged a non-violent action in the heart of the United States senate office building in Washington against Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" policy towards immigrants and separation of families at the border.
Among them was Washington state congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (main), the lawmaker said on Twitter. It was organized by the women's march and by the Center for Popular Democracy. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.
The groups are asking march attendees to wear white as a "striking visual symbol" to bring participants together and "channel historic social justice movements unified by one color of clothing", the FAQ says. In the video, she said that she was "protesting the inhumane and cruel zero tolerance policy of Donald Trump and this administration, the separation of families, the caging of children, the imprisonment of asylum seekers who just seek a better life".
Attendees will include several other women who also participated in Thursday's demonstrationand were arrested by U.S. Capitol Police.
A protest against Trump's immigrations policy is planned for Saturday in Washington, D.C.; satellite rallies are also scheduled to take place across the country.
"It means the clock is ticking for the Trump administration and they need to show how they're going about reuniting these families", said Jess Morales Rocketto, political director at the National Domestic Workers Alliance.
It is rare that the Capitol Police would arrest a member on Capitol grounds. The demonstrators were there in protest of the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy that treats illegal border crossings as criminal offenses.
President Trump is spending the weekend at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., and won't be home during the protest. Elizabeth Warren of MA joined in solidarity with the protesters.
For Ingrid Zelaya, who works in communications at the immigrant advocacy group CASA, this was not her first protest, but it was her first act of civil disobedience.