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Rev. Jesse Jackson heads rallies to encourage Sen. Kyrsten Sinema to support to stop the filibuster; was detained

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By Olivia Munson |  Arizona Republic

The Poor People’s Campaign led various rallies Monday nationwide, in at least 27 states including Arizona, in an effort to stop the filibuster and “take the fight for democracy to the home offices of U.S. Senators.” 

On Monday, Rev. Jesse Jackson, the Rev. Dr. William Barber II, and Transformative Justice Coalition President Barbara Arnwine rallied in Phoenix and led a march to and sit-in at the office of Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz. 

The rally held at Kachina Park was organized to call for an end to the filibuster, for the passage of voting rights and workers’ rights legislation, and to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. 

Barber and the other speakers at the event voiced their concerns about Sinema’s decisions to not vote against the filibuster or vote to raise the federal minimum wage. 

During his speech, Barber said the filibuster is “not constitutional.”

“You should not be using a non-constitutional thing to block constitutional rights,” he said.

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