In addition to the afternoon protests, set to culminate in the office of Illinois Republican Sen. Mark S. Kirk, the women did some morning lobbying. They dropped by the offices of 12 senators who haven’t yet taken a stance on the bill. They also delivered anti-sanctions petitions from constituents in Illinois, Oklahoma, Vermont and Washington.
CodePink is urging senators to publicly oppose the bill as a way to support Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who faces increasing pressure to bring the measure up for a vote. One of the activists, Kate Chandley, explained the strategy: “We’re pointing out that party unity on this is really important.”
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.