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Democrats At Last Stand Up To The Gun Lobby

Their protest didn’t work, but that shouldn’t be counted as defeat. Lewis and fellow Democrats — who even sang, with slightly revised lyrics, the old standby “We Shall Overcome” — succeeded in highlighting the cruel and crazy intransigence of the gun lobby and its claque of political water-carriers.

June 26, 2016
A photo shot and tweeted from the floor of the House by U.S. House Rep. John Yarmuth shows Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including Rep. Joe Courtney (L) and Rep. John Lewis (C) staging a sit-in on the House floor "to demand action on common sense gun legislation" on Capitol Hill in Washington, United States, June 22, 2016. REUTERS/U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth/Handout

House Members Sit To Move America

Something’s happening here in the People’s House. What’s going down seems exactly clear: a stage of our democracy, men and women players speaking unscripted lines that could wait no more.

June 24, 2016
House Democrats walk out on the East Front on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., after their sit-in over gun-control law. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

House Democrats Didn’t Win The Battle, But They Are Preparing To Win The War

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said the sit-in was a “publicity stunt.”

It probably was — but is there anything wrong with that?

June 23, 2016

#EndorseThis: House Democrats Sing ‘We Shall Overcome’ At Sit-In

As Paul Ryan moved through the standard procedure for a vote, meant to interrupt the protest, Democrats chanted “No bill, no break!” and began to sing “We Shall Overcome” with altered lyrics, like “We shall pass a bill some day.”

June 23, 2016

#EndorseThis: Rep. John Lewis Leads House Sit-In For Gun Control

“Now is the time for us to find a way to dramatize it, to make it real,” Lewis said after the daily recess, as Democrats took over the floor. “We have to occupy the floor of the House until there is action.”

June 22, 2016
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North Carolina Demonstrators’ Sit-In Tests New Legislative Building Rules

By Anne Blythe, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) RALEIGH, N.C. — Demonstrators ratcheted up the volume at the North Carolina Legislative Building on Tuesday, singing, raising their voices and staging a sit-in at the office of House Speaker Thom Tillis. Fifteen were supplied with sleeping bags and pizza, prepared to stay the night if allowed. […]

May 28, 2014

When Does An Occupation Become A Movement?

On Sept. 22, I was on my way to moderate a panel discussion in lower Manhattan, when I walked past a crowd of several hundred people gathered in Zuccotti Park. It looked more like a sit-in than a protest, but it had the feel of something bigger waiting to be born. Nobody was shouting or […]

October 13, 2011