Civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson among 204 arrested at Poor People's ...

Civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson among 204 arrested at Poor People's ...
Civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson among 204 arrested at Poor People's ...

Two hundred members of the clergy and activists including Reverend Jesse Jackson were arrested on Monday during a protest at the U.S. Capitol.

The protest, organized by Poor People's Campaign, was part of a series of events to demand improved voting access, an end to the filibuster, a $15 hourly minimum wage and protection for immigrants.

Speakers at the rally - that began in Washington DC in front of Union Station, and ended on the Capitol - included Lyndon B. Johnson's daughter Luci Baines Johnson.  Her father signed the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which organizers say 'has since been gutted.'

She told the rally: 'The vote gave Americans of all backgrounds the opportunity to address the inequities of our country. 

'Those seeking to limit access to that vote will strangle liberty and justice for all.

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'I cannot speak for our father now, as I dared not in his lifetime. But I know for sure that he would want us to be with you in the fight for social justice and voting rights.' 

Lyndon B. Johnson's daughter, Luci Baines Johnson, is seen on Monday addressing a rally in Washington DC. She told the crowd that her father - who in 1965 passed the Voting Rights Act - would have supported the march

Lyndon B. Johnson's daughter, Luci Baines Johnson, is seen on Monday addressing a rally in Washington DC. She told the crowd that her father - who in 1965 passed the Voting Rights Act - would have supported the march

Reverend Jesse Jackson is seen on Monday addressing the crowd in Washington DC

Reverend Jesse Jackson is seen on Monday addressing the crowd in Washington DC

Jackson stands beside a sign outlining the campaigners' demands. They want them to be passed by Congress before August 6 - the 56th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act

Jackson stands beside a sign outlining the campaigners' demands. They want them to be passed by Congress before August 6 - the 56th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act

The group gathered in front of Union Station in Washington DC before marching through the city towards the U.S. Capitol

The group gathered in front of Union Station in Washington DC before marching through the city towards the U.S. Capitol

Activists held placards and wore matching t-shirts reading: 'Protect freedom: vote'

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Activists held placards and wore matching t-shirts reading: 'Protect freedom: vote'

Reverend Liz Theoharis , a New York City co-founder of Poor People's Campaign, addresses the rally

Reverend Liz Theoharis , a New York City co-founder of Poor People's Campaign, addresses the rally

The group marched past the Capitol

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