Rep. Pramila Jayapal arrested at Washington DC protest

Protesters arrested during #WomenDisobey demonstration at Senate office building

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US Capitol Police said 575 people conducting a sit-down protest in the atrium of a Senate office building were charged with unlawfully demonstrating, then processed at the scene and released.

The National Park Service is now prepared for 10 times that - 50,000 people - to rally outside the White House and march on the Department of Justice, according to a permit issued this week.

About 750 similar protests have been planned throughout the country in every state, from big cities such as NY and Los Angeles to tiny ones such as Antler, N.D., population 28.

Jayapal says she and other protesters were "here to fight for our families to be free, to fight for the ability of our kids to be with their parents - not in cages, not in prison, but able to live their lives free, safe and secure".

It was an incredibly inspiring protest, incredibly inspiring civil disobedience, as Representative John Lewis likes to say, it's good trouble, she said.

Last week, Trump penned an executive order to end family separations at the border due to harsh criticism. "Our fight won't end until all mothers are reunited with their children, which is why we are demanding an end to immigrant detention once and for all".

"I decided that I, too, would sit down with them and submit to arrest", Jayapal said.

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Democratic senators Mazie Hirono, Tammy Duckworth, Kirsten Gillibrand and Jeff Merkley, who have been critical of Trump's immigration policies, spoke with some of the protesters.

"I'm proud to have been arrested with them", Jayapal said in a Twitter video after her arrest.

As the marchers passed the Trump International Hotel, which is run by the president's company, they chanted, "Shame!"

Immigration activists rally in Washington on June 28 as part of a march calling for "an end to family detention".

The women chanted slogans such as "we care" and "where are the children" in a largely peaceful standoff with police, who ordered them to leave. "This is not a bad enough crime to lock them up and take their children away". The groups hope the events draw hundreds of thousands of people.

Organizers suggest participants wear the color white to display "unity". Overflow space will be cordoned off along 16th Street NW and in Farragut Square, where organizers will set up large screens. And so those voices, I think, are being heard.

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