A voice can be heard stating that the bill that Kemp signed is voter suppression. The anger and frustration of the voices caught on camera resonated across the country.
Georgia’s controversial voting law changes have become a part of the national political conversation that has centered on whether the bill’s development and success are an affront to the Black vote or the Democratic vote, both which grew exponentially in the 2020 election. The images of Cannon’s arrest, which were captured by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Alyssa Pointer, have sparked national and international response.
Atlanta attorney Gerald Griggs has reportedly said he plans on representing Cannon in order to get her released.
“I’m concerned that this happened,” he said Thursday. “I’ll fight to get her released.”
Tamara Stevens, an activist who was with Cannon, said she wasn’t being disrespectful or causing a disturbance.
“She knew he was signing a bill that would affect all Georgians — why would he hide behind closed doors? This isn’t a monarchy,” Stevens said. “You have a women of color fighting for the rights of Georgians and they arrested her for knocking on the door because she wanted to witness our governor sign the bill.”