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WASHINGTON — Activists who have protested outside the homes of the Supreme Court justices have ties to communist groups, Black Lives Matter, and other incendiary protest organizations.
Polling released in late July found that the majority of Americans want the Department of Justice (DOJ) to crack down on protesting outside the Maryland and Virginia homes of Supreme Court justices. Yet groups like Our Rights DC continue to call for weekly protesting.
These groups — and the individuals associated with them — are often fixated on many issues besides abortion. ShutDownDC, for example, is a protest group that has demonstrated over climate change, voting rights, the January 6 Capitol riot, and Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO). The group has also led protesters to the homes of Supreme Court justices.
Both Maryland and Virginia law prohibits picketing at the residence of an individual to disrupt or threaten to disrupt that individual’s “tranquility in his home.” Critics say the protests are illegal and putting the justices at risk, particularly after a man traveled across the country with the alleged intent to kill Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in June before he turned himself in to authorities.
Here’s a look at just a few of the activists who have participated in such protesting.
Activist Sunsara Taylor has long acted as one of the most public facing leaders of the Harlem-based Revolutionary Communist Party, known as Revcoms. Criticized as a “cult” that co-opts the fervency of leftist movements for its own goals, RevComs are dedicated to promoting the ideas of their communist leader, Bob Avakian.
Taylor is the co-founder of RiseUp4AbortionRights.org and co-initiator of Refuse Fascism (launched in response to former President Donald Trump’s 2016 victory), and she was a notable figure in the protests outside the United States Supreme Court this summer.
Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights, the most noticeable group that protested in the weeks before the overturning of Roe v. Wade, is a new abortion group that is a project of Refuse Fascism (an offshoot of the Revcoms).
Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights organized pro-abortion Mother’s Day protests against churches and has been criticized by more established abortion groups for “swooping into town and leeching off of existing [Black, Indigenous, and People of Color] led grassroots efforts across the country.”
The group is also known for promoting attention seeking antics like those of Guido Reichstadter, who was arrested after he chained himself to fencing outside the Supreme Court and then later climbed atop of the 1,445-foot Frederick Douglas Memorial Bridge in Washington, D.C. to protest the overturn of Roe.
Watch the interview between @SunsaraTaylor & Guido, the man who chained his neck to a fence outside of the Supreme Court to call on others to #RiseUp4AbortionRights on episode 106 of the #RNLShow
— The Revcoms (@therevcoms) June 23, 2022
The group sought to create “a situation where those who run this society have to fear the loss of legitimacy if they go forward with revoking abortion rights.”
“Through Rising Up 4 Abortion Rights together on the campuses, in the streets, in the arts and sciences, and everywhere else, we aim to create such political protest and resistance across this country that Supreme Court does not feel they can get away with taking away abortion rights,” the group stated, according to Fox Digital.
Youth procession with @riseup4abortion to Amy Coney Barrett’s home. What’s the big deal about forcing women and girls to have children against their will when they can just drop the baby off, she asked.
No! Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights NOW! Come to DC: https://t.co/RYsnABLLrj pic.twitter.com/z6pfEjRJW9
— Sunsara Taylor (@SunsaraTaylor) June 18, 2022
The group also played a role in protesting outside the homes of Supreme Court justices: pictures show Taylor, who did not respond to requests for comment from The Daily Wire, alongside young girls who had traveled from New York City with Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights to protest outside Amy Coney Barrett’s home while covered in fake blood and carrying baby dolls.
Just arrived at Amy Coney Barrett’s house, dropping off babies, re-enacting the American nightmare of forcing girls to give birth against their will. Headed to the Supreme Court, meet us there. #RiseUp4AbortionRight pic.twitter.com/fgt42HNnmU
— Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights (@riseup4abortion) June 18, 2022
Video posted by the activist shows the young girls sternly warning the justices to protect abortions. This was only a few days before the overturn of Roe and only a few weeks after an alleged attempted assassination of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
“What’s the big deal about forcing women and girls to have children against their will when they can just drop the baby off, she asked,” Taylor tweeted, referring to Barrett. “No! Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights NOW.”
The activist also tweeted the link to the organization, urging supporters to “Come to DC.”
Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights activists frequently urge protestors to get “into the streets” and “rise up for abortion rights.” A number of the organization’s activists have been arrested for their demonstrations. In February, Taylor tweeted that she was arrested for protesting outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.
The day that Roe v. Wade was overturned, Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights activists quickly surrounded Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez when she joined the swelling crowds outside the Supreme Court. Taylor pushed through the crowd to the congresswoman’s side and urged Ocasio-Cortez to join her in chanting that the decision was “illegitimate” through a megaphone.
When a reporter asked Ocasio-Cortez what Congress could do, Taylor spoke before Ocasio-Cortez did, saying, “Fill the streets,” to which the New York Democrat agreed, saying, “We have to fill the streets. Right now, elections are not enough.”
Activist Nadine Seiler, “warrior goddess of the resistance,” has been heavily involved in Left-wing protest movements since at least 2017. Avidly anti-Trump and pro-Black Lives Matter, she devoted many hours of her life to safeguarding the Black Lives Matter artwork formerly posted on the chain link fence in Lafayette Park — reportedly sleeping beside the artwork for nearly three months.
She attended a slew of protests held at the homes of the Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Barrett, and Kavanaugh (she organized a May protest at Kavanaugh’s home, according to the Atlantic, telling the publication, “They want to create felons of women.”)
.@mpeachmfalready standing in front of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts’ house while protesting tonight’s limits on our right to free speech. #BansOffOurBodies @downrightimp @OurRightsDC pic.twitter.com/R31YBeuoOy
— MiscreantMouse (she/her) (@LiteraryMouse) July 14, 2022
Social media posts show that Seiler protested outside Kavanaugh’s home, often with the protest group Our Rights DC, on July 2 and July 20, outside Justice Alito’s home on July 16 and June 20, Justice Barrett’s house on May 26, June 2, June 9, July 14 and June 30, Justice Thomas’s house on June 17 and July 15, and Justice Gorsuch’s home on June 11 and June 25.
Seiler was one of a group of 75 protestors that the Supreme Court Marshal referenced in a letter to Maryland and Virginia officials, requesting that these officials enforce the law that prohibits such protesting.
“We are within the law,” Seiler told the Washington Post at the time. “They’re proving us right — that we need to be out there to maintain our First Amendment right, or else we wouldn’t have it.”
Sadie Kuhns is an activist also affiliated with the protest group “Our Rights DC.” That organization, which did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Daily Wire, has held dozens of protests outsides the homes of the Supreme Court justices and is allied with the activist groups ShutDownDC, Downright Impolite, and Extinction Rebellion.
In an Instagram post by Downright Impolite, Kuhns is depicted dancing as she leads a group by Alito’s home, singing, “Hey Alito,” to which the rest of the protestors sing, “You’re a dick!”
— Sadie (@sandiespoons) August 12, 2022
Kuhns herself has been pictured protesting outside the homes of the justices. Several photographs depict her marching alongside Seiler, carrying a megaphone, flags, and chanting into a speaker.
Unlike some of the other protestors mentioned in this story, her protesting appears to be singularly focused on abortion and on the Supreme Court’s overturn of Roe v. Wade, though she posts on social media about topics like defunding the police, canceling student loans, Trump, Drag Queen Story Hours and more.
She did not respond to requests for comment.
Kuhns is also frequently pictured with activist “Miscreant Mouse” (it is not immediately clear what this social media user’s real name is). The two have protested together in front of the justices’ homes throughout August, and “Miscreant Mouse” has downplayed the concerns of critics who say the protests are endangering the justices.
My bad. THIS was the last pass of the night at Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh’s.
— MiscreantMouse (she/her) (@LiteraryMouse) July 14, 2022
“If anyone’s curious, this is what the protests outside the Supreme Court Justices’ houses look like,” tweeted Miscreant Mouse in early August, alongside a video showing the protestors marching in front of Barrett’s home. “Sometimes it gets a little more intense and we swear. You just know Amy Coney Barrett’s in her house, thinking to herself, ‘They’re evil, but that woke mob sure can drum.’”
Social media posts indicate Miscreant Mouse also protested at the justices’ homes on many occasions, not limited to the following: at Barrett’s home on July 9 and August 12, Roberts’ house on July 13 and July 25, Kavanaugh’s home on July 13, July 20, July 22, July 25, July 28 and August 10, and Alito’s home on July 9, July 16, July 30 and August 3 (a protest which they described as a “welcome home” party for Alito).
Miscreant Mouse and Kuhns were protesting at Barrett’s home as recently as just over a week ago.
Getting ready to protest at Amy Coney Barrett’s house.
We have chalk.
— MiscreantMouse (she/her) (@LiteraryMouse) August 19, 2022