Houston U.S. Rep. Al Green (D-TX) was arrested Friday afternoon and reportedly told media outlets his arrest was due to a cause he will never find shame in. Green was only one high profile person arrested outside of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington, D.C. Actor and movie star George Clooney as well as several elected leaders and civil rights activists were all taken into custody as they all protested a humanitarian crisis. They stood in opposition of Sudan threatening to lead to starvation and the genocide of thousands of people.
According to reports, Green was arrested in the name of humanity: “I have paid a fine. I’ve been released, and I’m proud to say I was arrested for a cause I will never be ashamed of,” said Green.
Clooney, who recently returned from a dangerous trip to the Sudan, was joined by Green and the others to raise awareness of the current state of Sudan. Green also reportedly said that he will sign on as a co-sponsor for a bill that will help the Sudanese people.
Clooney, who recently met with President Barack Obama and urged him to engage China in stopping the crisis in Northern Africa, is scheduled to visit Houston on May 3 for a program sponsored by the Brilliant Lecture Series.