Women’s March Executive Director Arrested During “Women’s Moral March On Washington

Washington, D.C. - Today, on the 173rd anniversary of the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York, Women’s March Executive Director Rachel O’Leary Carmona was arrested in Washington, D.C. while participating in the Poor People’s Campaign’s “Women’s Moral March on Washington.” Carmona was one of hundreds of women and allies from across the country who rallied outside the Supreme Court to protest against the filibuster and demand that Congress do everything in its power to protect voting rights and pass a $15 minimum wage by August 6th, the 56th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act. 

“I was proud to stand in solidarity with the Poor People’s Campaign and women leaders to demand Congress stop stalling and finally act on the legislative priorities they campaigned on,” Rachel O’Leary Carmona said. 

“Women and people of color didn’t elect Democrats to the House, the Senate, and the Oval Office for incrementalism or excuses. Last November, we showed up to the polls like our rights, our wages, and our livelihoods depended on it—because they did. And we trusted that Democrats would act with the urgency this moment demands. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: abolishing the filibuster, protecting the right to vote, and passing a $15 living wage are all women’s issues. If Democrats don’t fulfill their promises, they can say goodbye to winning the midterms or retaining their majority in 2022.”