This senator is holding all of us back, and some of her most vulnerable constituents are, rightfully, sick of it.
The effectiveness of certain kinds of protest will always be up for debate. From violent altercations to boycotts, sit-ins and marches, each method has some history of success and failure that differs among participants, observers, and the object of the protestors’ scorn. So naturally, a group of activists pursuing Senator Kyrsten Sinema around the Arizona State University campus over the weekend and—controversially, somehow—briefly following Sinema into a public restroom to note that their family members were deported—is bound to prompt some pearl-clutching.
On Sunday, social justice organization Living United for Change in Arizona uploaded a video of activists asking Sinema to defend her opposition to President Biden’s Build Back Better Act, an ambitious package which promises additional covid-19 relief, an extension of the Child Tax Credit, the creation of millions of clean-energy jobs, the revitalization of the nation’s infrastructure, universal preschool, free community college, an extension of covid-19 economic relief, and more. The Biden administration intends to pay for the multi-trillion dollar bill by making wealthy Americans and corporations pay higher taxes.
It’s no wonder her constituents—who don’t understand what the fuck she’s doing any better than the rest of us—are piping mad. Mad enough to pester her after she finished teaching a class at ASU.
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LUCHA’s video shows a group of activists waiting outside Sinema’s classroom. When she emerges, they ask if they could talk to her briefly about the importance of the Build Back Better plan.
“Actually, I’m heading out,” she says, scurrying away from them and heading to a large bathroom with multiple stalls. A couple of members follow her inside.
“We knocked on doors for you to get you elected,” says an activist named Blanca. “And just how we got you elected, we can get you out of office if you don’t support what you promised us.”