Nearly 100 women from 42 states were arrested Monday as they participated in a Washington, D.C. march demanding legislation to safeguard voting rights and deliver relief to poor and marginalized Americans.\r\n\r\n\u0022We\u0026#039;re planting seeds today. And we are building the movement that will give our children and the next generations the life that they deserve.\u0022\r\n—Kenia Alcocer, Poor People\u0026#039;s Campaign\r\n\r\nReligious News Service reports the arrests occurred during the Women\u0026#039;s Moral Monday March on Washington, which was organized by leaders of the Poor People\u0026#039;s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, a modern-day continuation of Martin Luther King Jr.\u0026#039;s Poor People\u0026#039;s March on Washington led by Rev. Drs. William Barber II and Liz Theoharis.\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nMonday\u0026#039;s event marked the anniversary of the 1848 Seneca Falls Women\u0026#039;s Convention, the first women\u0026#039;s rights convention in the U.S. Theoharis—who was arrested at the event—told RNS that \u0022173 years later, we are still being denied voting rights.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022If we are trying to make the country a more perfect nation, it will take the leadership of all people—including women,\u0022 she said.\r\n\r\nThe march was part of the Poor People\u0026#039;s Campaign\u0026#039;s Season of Nonviolent Moral Direct Action, which began earlier this month and will continue until August.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe event began outside the U.S. Supreme Court. Demonstrators then marched down First Street to the U.S. Capitol.\r\n\r\nAccording to RNS:\r\n\r\n\r\nMonday\u0026#039;s protesters wore sashes with the group\u0026#039;s demands emblazoned on them—demands also outlined in a statement signed by 100 women leaders from across the country. They had four: to end the filibuster; to pass all the provisions of the For the People Act; to fully restore the 1965 Voting Rights Act; and to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.\r\n\r\nThese demands are part of the campaign\u0026#039;s direct actions leading up to August 6, the 56th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. On July 5 Barber... called for a month of \u0022Moral Mondays\u0022—days of nonviolent direct action and protest at state capitols and in D.C.—to save democracy and protest autocracy.\r\n\r\n\r\nPolice began detaining event organizers after they obstructed traffic on First Street. The women were released later in the day.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\u0022Our democracy is in peril,\u0022 Theoharis said in a statement. \u0022In this time, when our voting rights are under attack, and economic justice is being denied, we must and so we are, calling out the immoral obstructionism of Congress.\u0022\r\n\r\nEvent moderator Kenia Alcocer of the national Poor People\u0026#039;s Campaign said: \u0022We\u0026#039;re planting seeds today. And we are building the movement that will give our children and the next generations the life that they deserve.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022We don\u0026#039;t want to survive,\u0022 added Alcocer, \u0022we want to thrive.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nMarianne Smith, chair of the Poor People\u0026#039;s Campaign in Oklahoma, said: \u0022I carry with me today the voices of all the poor and low wealth, women, children, and marginalized citizens of Oklahoma. Rather than seeing an improvement I\u0026#039;m witnessing a decline in the rights and opportunities for the generations behind me. We\u0026#039;re demanding equal rights.\u0022\r\n\r\nBarber said that \u0022in this season when extremists have committed themselves to voter up suppression, we cannot let the forces of greed destroy the very rights you had before you could even comprehend them.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022We cannot, and we will not,\u0022 added Barber. \u0022We are here today to say that the gutting of the Voting Rights Act in 2013 and the obstruction of [Senate Minority Leader] Mitch McConnell [R-Ky.] that has prevented Congress from restoring it for over eight years, has undermined and eroded our democracy. We don\u0026#039;t want some of our justice, we want all of our justice. It\u0026#039;s kind of like being pregnant, either you are or you\u0026#039;re not.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nNext week, the Poor People\u0026#039;s Campaign will shift its focus from Washington, D.C. to state capitals, including a \u0022Selma-to-Montgomery style, four-day march\u0022 from Georgetown, Texas to Austin.