In the hours after being one of 18 Democratic lawmakers arrested during a pro-abortion rights protest, Rep. Alexander Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) was sending a fundraising email about her arrest.
During a protest outside the Supreme Court, Ocasio-Cortez found herself among 18 Democratic lawmakers arrested for obstructing public places after they sat on the street in civil disobedience.
Among the group arrested were members of the Squad, Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN.), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI.) and AOC., Reps. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), Alma Adams (D-N.C.), and Jackie Speier (D-CA) were also arrested.
Hours after the arrest Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for Congress — AOC’s official Congressional campaign — sent an email to supporters asking that they send $3 to “abortion access groups” in a show of solidarity with AOC.
“Alexandria was just arrested by Capitol Police outside the Supreme Court during an abortion rights demonstration. Rush a $3 contribution to abortion access groups right now to show Congress we stand with AOC and #WeWontBackDown,” the email stated.
The email also stated that the groups — Kansans for Constitutional Freedom, Protect Kentucky Access, and Michigan Reproductive Freedom for All — would get all of the proceeds donated.
The email also promised that AOC would not “rest until Congress does what needs to be done to codify abortion care as a human right in our country” before reiterating the call for donations.
“In the meantime, you can help folks seeking to access [abortion] care right now by splitting a $3 contribution to abortion access groups.”