Several members and leaders of the civil rights organization NAACP have been arrested after participating in a sit-in protest at the office of Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions who is set to be confirmed as Donald Trump’s Attorney General in just a couple of weeks.

NAACP president Cornell William Brooks was among those arrested, and earlier in the day, he had posted an image of himself and other NAACP leaders on Twitter, stating that they would stay until Sessions declined to take Trump’s offer of A.G., or until they were arrested. 

Though the former did not come to pass, the group were arrested and charged with second degree criminal trespass.

“We are asking the senator to withdraw his name for consideration as attorney general or for the President-elect, Donald Trump, to withdraw the nomination,” Brooks said Tuesday afternoon from Sessions’ office.
“In the midst of rampant voter suppression, this nominee has failed to acknowledge the reality of voter suppression while pretending to believe in the myth of voter fraud.”
Brooks said at one point there were about 15-20 NAACP occupying Sessions’ Mobile, Alabama office during business hours on Tuesday.

The NAACP’s strong opposition to the appointment of Sessions as Attorney General is a serious one, especially considering that Sessions was once denied a federal judge position because of his dark racial past.

In 1986, then-President Ronald Reagan appointed Sessions as a federal judge, but his appointment was rejected by a Republican Senate Judiciary Committee due to his well-documented history of racialized comments and actions.

Among other racially-tinged comments, Sessions once remarked that he was a fan of the KKK until he found out they smoked pot. ha-ha, right?

Sessions is on-record disparaging the Voting Rights Act and any attempts to allow all Americans fair access to exercising their constitutional right to vote.

Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at