Who is Rep Park Cannon?
Park Cannon is one of the members of the Georgia House of Representatives representing the 58th district and a member of the Democratic Party. She was raised on a military base in Albany, Georgia. She started studying at the Chapman University but she left the college due to racism. Eventually, she joined the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she graduated with a degree in linguistics.
The Georgia State Rep. also minored in women’s and gender studies. The African-American rep self-identifies as queer.
Representative Park Cannon
Following the death of Rep John Lewis back in July 2020, Cannon decided to apply for the Democratic Party of Georgia to succeed him as the Democratic nominee for Georgia’s 5th congressional district in the November election. She was one of the party’s last five candidates out of 131 applicants,
Rep. Park Cannon Arrested
Ms.Cannon was reportedly arrested by the police on Thursday, March 25, after she knocked on Governor Brian Kemp’s door, interrupting his live-streamed announcement that he had signed an elections bill into law. She was with several other protesters when she knocked on Kemp’s office door
She called that the public should be allowed to witness the announcement of the bill signing. The sweeping legislation requires ID for absentee ballots, limits drop boxes and changes early voting hours. Here’s all about Cannon’s life and what really happened.
Park Cannon Video
Several videos of her arrest went viral on social media where officers can be seen forcibly removing Cannon, a Democrat from Atlanta who is a Black woman, dragging her through the Georgia State Capitol and pushing her into a police car. A woman who was with Cannon said she wasn’t disrespectful.
“She knew he was signing a bill that would affect all Georgians — why would he hide behind closed doors? This isn’t a monarchy,” Tamara Stevens said.
This is wild. Georgia Rep. Park Cannon was detained by police for knocking on Gov. Brian Kemp’s door.
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) March 25, 2021
Cannon is known for taking a stand when it comes to Georgia’s voting rights. She was previously involved in a separate dispute with a Capitol police officer during a protest over election bills. Cannon came in front of an officer’s bullhorn and then another officer took hold of her arm to move her away.
Park Cannon Georgia
Political strategist Antwon Stephens tweeted, “GA State Patrol just arrested and violently swung around GA State Rep Park Cannon for peacefully protesting worst voter suppression laws being passed since Jim Crow days. Georgia GOP will stop at nothing to preserve a dying party in a state quickly turning deep Blue.”
Rep Anna V Eskamani tweeted, “Rep. Park Cannon — a fierce fighter for Georgia — was arrested for knocking on @GovKemp’s door as he signed an elections restrictions bill. She had EVERY RIGHT to be there and should not be arrested for defending the right to vote & for knocking on a public door!”
Park Cannon Arrest
Senator Megan Hunt wrote, “Today my friend Georgia Rep Park Cannon was arrested for knocking on the Gov’s door as he live-streamed the signing of the bill. She had every right to be present during this historic stripping of voting rights. She’s a fighter for justice and I stand with her. Unbelievable.”
Another user stated, “More law enforcement power was used against Rep Park Cannon than the people who stormed the capitol.”