AceShowbiz - Alyssa Milano was arrested on Tuesday, October 19 in Washington as she protested for voting rights. The "Charmed" actress and other demonstrators were protesting in front of the White House to urge the Senate and the Biden administration to take political action to protect voting rights.
"I was just arrested for demanding the Biden Administration and the Senate to use their mandate to protect voting rights," the 48-year-old star wrote on Tuesday. "Stand with me and @peoplefor and tell the Senate and White House that voting rights shouldn't depend on where you live. #DontMuteOurVote."
Milano was protesting for People for the American Way, a nonprofit which was founded by television producer Norman Lear in 1980. Alongside Milano, the group's president Ben Jealous was also arrested during the protest.
Addressing the arrest, Jealous wrote on Twitter, "We came back to the White House to deliver a clear message to President Biden: we need actions that match the urgency of his words on voting rights - and time is running out."
The Senate is scheduled to decide on October 20 whether they accept the Freedom to Vote act. Introduced by a group Democratic senators lead by Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Joe Manchin (D-WV), the bill is about issues with the current system, including restricted access to the ballot, voter roll purges, campaign finance laws and more.
It will also protect voting rights in the next election for all of us: for Black voters and Brown voters, for women, for younger voters and older voters, voters with disabilities and working people of all backgrounds.
Milano has been vocal about politics over the pas years. Prior to this, the actress slammed Texas' restrictive abortion bill. "The newest Texas abortion ban, #SB8, gives politicians, neighbors, and even strangers the right to sue those who provide -- or just help patients get -- abortion after 6 wks," so she stressed at the time. "The time to fight for our reproductive health & rights is now!"