AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Democratic Co-Executive Director Jamarr Brown issued the following statement on the arrest of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee:
“Texas Democrats are risking it all to protect our democracy — even at the expense of their own freedom. The Texas Democratic Party stands with Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee as she faces arrest for protesting to defend our right to vote. We’re incredibly grateful to Rep. Jackson Lee for being an unwavering voice for justice. This is what leadership looks like. Throughout history, Black women like Rep. Jackson Lee have led the way on civil and voting rights issues, and today, as we face the greatest civil rights struggles of our time, Black women remain the leaders at the heart of this fight.
“Right now, voting rights are under attack from Republicans around the country, and nowhere more so than in Texas. Our Texas Democratic lawmakers are putting everything on the line to defend our right to vote. There is one reason Republicans are attacking our voting rights: they know their days in power are numbered, and they’re trying to cling to power the only way they can — by stopping us from voting. Texas Democrats are not backing down. An attack on our voting rights is an attack on our communities and our future, and Texas Democrats will continue to fight tooth and nail to defend our most basic constitutional right.
“Texas communities are the frontline in the national fight for voting rights, and Texas Democrats are responding to these attacks with the urgency our communities need. We urge our federal lawmakers to act with the same urgency, and pass federal protections to ensure that attacks like these never see the light of day again. Democracy can’t wait.”