December 1, 2021
Alyssa Milano arrested at voting rights demonstration outside White House

Alyssa Milano arrested at voting rights demonstration outside White House

Alyssa Milano is taking a stand in opposition to voter suppression.

On Tuesday, the 48-year-old actress stated that she was arrested during a protest with Folks For the American Manner — a company which she serves as a board member. The actress shared that she was protesting with the group in entrance of the White House, calling on the Biden Administration for change.

“I’m going to risk arrest today because in the last year, there have been 425 bills that have been introduced to restrict voting rights,” Milano stated in a clip on Twitter. “So, I’m going to demand that our president do everything in his power to pass the Freedom to Vote Act, the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, and the DC Statehood Act.”

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Almost two hours later, Milano shared an replace on her social media platforms that she had been arrested in the course of the occasion.

“I was just arrested for demanding the Biden Administration and the Senate to use their mandate to protect voting rights. Stand with me and @peoplefor and tell the Senate and White House that voting rights shouldn’t depend on where you live. #DontMuteOurVote,” she wrote.

An officer with the U.S. Park Police reportedly warned protesters that they might be arrested attributable to a D.C. misdemeanor law that prohibits crowding or obstructing streets or sidewalks, in response to Deadline.

In response to Folks for the American Manner, 24 other participants — together with the group’s president — have been additionally arrested. Representatives for Alyssa Milano and U.S. Park Police didn’t instantly reply to PEOPLE’s request for remark.

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The protest passed off forward of the Senate vote on the Freedon to Vote Act, which is able to happen on Wednesday, in response to Senator Amy Klobuchar. If handed, the invoice would make voter registration simpler, require states to implement a 15-day minimal early voting window, and make Election Day a federal vacation.

In June, Senate Republicans blocked an identical invoice.

Milano was very lively in the course of the protest. In a single clip posted on Twitter by League of Ladies Voters of the U.S., the actress is seen standing in a crowd with a microphone shouting, “Show me what democracy looks like!” as different attendees reply, “This is what democracy looks like!”

The Charmed actress additionally introduced on Twitter that she might be testifying in front of Congress on Thursday in assist of the Equal Rights Modification.

“The lack of Constitutional protections for anyone who is not a cisgender man is a blemish on the very idea of Americanism,” she wrote.