Comic book artist Eleanor Davis was arrested today while protesting a Georgia Board of Regents meeting. The protest opposed University System of Georgia policies that keep immigrants without legal status from attending top universities in the state. Immigrants without proper documentation are also barred from receiving in-state tuition rates at other Georgia universities.
The news comes from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reporters for which attended the meeting and its protest. Davis is a comic book artist who has published the illustrated young adult books Secret Science Alliance and Stinky. Her comics have appeared in anthologies like Mome and Nobrow.
In 2014, Davis published How to be Happy, which collected many of her short comics into one book for the first time.
The Georgia protesters were a mix of religious leaders and former University System of Georgia students. Another such protest was held just after the election of United States President Donald Trump and ended similarly. Protest members were detained and taken to the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta, Georgia.
Davis has provided illustrations for The New Yorker magazine, Google, Slate and Fantagraphic Books.