8 Congressional Democrats busted at Washington sit-in

Eight congressional Democrats were arrested Tuesday at the U.S. Capitol while demonstrating for immigration law reform.

Those arrested included Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, a leading figure in the civil rights movement in the 1960s, Rep. Charlie Rangel of New York and Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Illinois — along with Joe Crowley of New York, Raul Grijalva of Arizona, Luis Gutierrez of Illinois, Keith Ellison of Minnesota and Al Green of Texas.

They were part of a larger group conducting a sit-in to block a street in the front of the Capitol…

The arrests came as thousands of protesters took part in the “Camino Americano: March for Immigration Reform” rally on the National Mall, even though the open-area national park is closed due to the federal government shutdown…

The bill closely matches a comprehensive bipartisan bill the Senate passed in June that includes a path to citizenship for most of the estimated 11.7 million immigrants living in the United States illegally. The House bill had no Republican sponsors…

The National Park Service, which administers the mall, agreed to let the event take place under First Amendment privileges…The First Amendment says Congress can make no law abridging free speech, peaceful assembly or an appeal to government to redress grievances.

The mall is intended to be the pre-eminent national civic space for public gatherings because it is considered the place where constitutional rights of speech and peaceful assembly find their fullest expression, a mall foundation statement says.

Bravo! Nice to see a small portion of our elected representatives willing to engage non-violent protest against injustice. Lots more photos over here.

Any Freedom Fighters from the NRA or the Tea Party take part? Oh.

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