NAACP President Brooks Leads Sit-in in Iowa

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Less than two weeks after the sit-in organized in Mobile, Alabama, the NAACP followed up with another sit-in protest in Iowa. NAACP President Cornell William Brooks and members of the NAACP, Iowa AFL-CIO, and Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (Iowa CCI) came to the office of Senator Chuck Grassley, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committe, to protest the possible confirmation of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General.

"[W]hen you look at this nominee from voting rights to the protection of LGBTQ rights to the civil rights policing sentencing, he is bad pick at a particularly bad time," President Brooks said in an interview with a local outlet of USA Today, the Des Moines Register. "It is the ultimate irony that we are going to have to break the law in order to ensure that we have an attorney general who will enforce the law ... most assuredly, the Voting Rights Act." By the end of the day, two protesters had been arrested and cited for failure to disperse. Click here to see tweets and videos of the event, posted by the Iowa CCI Action Fund.