Rosario Dawson has proven once again that she's not afraid to stand up for what she believes in. On Friday, the actress and activist participated in the Democracy Spring rally at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. According to the movement's website, the nonviolent demonstration intended to demand "Congress take immediate action to end the corruption of big money in our politics and ensure free and fair elections in which every American has an equal voice." Still, despite the peaceful nature of the protest, Dawson and hundreds of others were arrested by the police after crossing police lines. She was processed at the scene and fined $50, but fortunately won't have to make a court appearance.
Following her arrest, Dawson explained to the online news show The Young Turks that she and fellow protestors had been warned multiple times about their impending arrest if they didn't back away from police lines. But for Dawson, it was important that she remain "in solidarity with the other folks who put themselves on the line." Dawson knows her celebrity status is enough to draw attention to a movement that hopes to change a voting system, which favors candidates who have big dollars behind them. It's no surprise that she's also a very vocal supporter of presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders.
Dawson made a point of saying that the "police were really great" to the demonstrators, but acknowledged that her experience is not as common as it should be. "I have to say that is not the case for so many people: Dreamers, Black Lives Matter activists, so many people are not seeing this kind of courageousness.” She continued, urging officers to replicate her experience.
“In general they've been very sweet and very kind with everyone that I've noticed . . . But the reality is that is not the case for a lot of people across America who are also showing civil disobedience to bring light and attention to some of the critical matters that are ahead of us. I hope that officers across the nation can take heed of that and recognize that the peaceful protests that are going around the nation should also be treated in the same way as we are being treated here today.”Her point is particularly important considering there have been many incidences where police and protestors have clashed during Black Lives Matters demonstrations. When people are standing up against injustice, they should be able to do so without feeling as if their safety is being threatened. Check out the rest of her inspiring message in the video below.