Eleven Truthful Tuesday protesters arrested at SC State House
On March 4, 11 people were arrested for blocking the road to the SC State House entrance on the morning the Senate was to begin debate on the “Nullify Obamacare” bill (recently amended to the “ACA Anti-Commandeering Act.) The citizen action was the latest in a sustained effort to educate the public about the Affordable Care Act, and to shame state lawmakers into expanding Medicaid. Failure to do so will cause many hundreds of deaths this year, one study suggesting as many as 1,400.
See photos of the arrests here.
Read, in his own words, why Rev. Pat Jobe of Greenville got arrested. Blog post here.
Outside the Senate chambers March 4, SC Progressive Network Director Brett Bursey explains to a reporter with The State why Truthful Tuesday activists blocked the road to the SC State House entrance. Eleven were arrested. (At the time of the interview, the protesters were still being processed at police headquarters, and Bursey thought 10 had been arrested.)
• NEXT STEPS •
Sunday, March 9, 8pm: Conference call. Call-in number (530) 881-1000, pass code: 207768#. We’ll be debriefing after the highly successful CD action. Congratulations and thank you to the 11 who blocked the roadway Tuesday, elevating the ACA debate in SC to new levels. We’ll be discussing next steps. All are welcome.
Tuesday, March 11: Another Truthful Tuesday. Senate continues debate on the ACA Anti-Comandeering Act (formerly “Nullify Obamacare” bill.) This is the only bill that will address Medicaid expansion this legislative session.
- 10 am: People planning to participate in civil disobedience action will meet downstairs at Immaculate Consumption (Pendelton and South Main, just behind the State House).
- 11am: CD action: block entrance to the garage. Supporters not planning on being arrested should gather at the corner of Pendelton and Sumter by 10:45am.
- Noon: gather outside Senate chambers in State House (upstairs lobby) to engage Senators as they go into session (legal action).
Questions? Concerns? Suggestions? Call 803-808-3384 or email info@TruthfulTuesday.net.