New fencing went up around the Supreme Court building last night.
Taller fencing is now being installed around the perimeter of the Supreme Court. pic.twitter.com/QBZK9vUukg
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) May 5, 2022
Here’s what it looks like in the daylight.
Fencing now surrounds the U.S. Supreme Court following protests and the leak of the draft decision that could overturn Roe v. Wade. pic.twitter.com/654yZgtuEJ
— Mitchell Miller (@mmillerwtop) May 5, 2022
But at least one protest group is trying to move the action away from the court building and to the homes of the Justices.
The activists are organizing under the moniker “Ruth Sent Us” and have published the supposed home addresses of Justices Amy Coney Barrett, John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Brett Kavanaugh, Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch.
“Our 6-3 extremist Supreme Court routinely issues rulings that hurt women, racial minorities, LGBTQ+ and immigrant rights,” the group’s website reads. “We must rise up to force accountability using a diversity of tactics.”
Fox News is told there has been a strong police presence at the justices’ homes following the leak. The group says they will visit the homes on May 11.
The group’s website contains a map with the street and city but not the house number (more on that in a moment) of six of the Justices. It also includes this call for artists with the offer of a stipend.
Are you a muralist or chalk artist? Are you a graphic designer who would like to contribute remotely? Large-scale art will be included in the protests against the Supreme Court. Stipends available. To apply, please email us at…
It’s not clear who is paying the bills for those stipends. But even before May 11th the same group is also calling for people to interrupt church services this Sunday:
— Ruth Sent Us 🪧 (@RuthSentUs) May 3, 2022
This is what Mother’s Day should look like. Catholic and Evangelical Churches nationwide: pic.twitter.com/BxvGhBGodn
— Ruth Sent Us 🪧 (@RuthSentUs) May 3, 2022
But getting back to the protests at the Justices’ homes, Tik Tok videos posted by the group show they’ve already visited those six homes prior to the leaked draft decision. They posted one on March 17: “Hey Amy Barrett, impose your People of Praise cult values on America, and we promise you will have no peace.” I’m not linking to it because they made sure to include the house number in the shot.
On Oct 26 of last year they filmed one at Justice Thomas’ home which once again included his house number in full view.
On April 9, they posted another video shot at Chief Justice Roberts’ home. The caption reads, “John Roberts is a mediocre white man who has no legitimate authority over us. We reject him and the treasonous Supreme Court he presides over.”
All of the clips are like this. On the one hand it’s just people in red cloaks walking silently (some of whom are men with beards which seems odd) but on the other hand they’re clearly showing people what each house looks like and in several cases are obviously trying to include the actual house number. That in combination with the information posted on their website (street name and city) amounts to giving people the exact address of all six justices. Are the progressives who oppose doxing still opposed to it in this case?
People are upset and worked up so directing them to people’s homes where they live with their families and children seems like a very bad idea. People can of course protest in public and at the Supreme Court but this seems like a clear attempt to intimidate the Justices, something the leaker of the draft decision probably counted on.
Finally, the group promoting this claims they are doing it out of their deep respect for the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, hence the name of the group. But as Jonathan Turley points out, it’s very doubtful Ginsburg would have approved of this campaign.
A liberal group calling itself "Ruth Sent Us" is going to target conservative justices at their homes. https://t.co/hDFsXZ25sB Putting aside the question of what this is supposed to achieve, the suggestion that RBG would approve such a campaign is a denigration of her legacy…
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) May 5, 2022
Update: Jen Psaki was asked about this call to protest at the homes of the Justices by Fox’s Peter Doocy and she refused to condemn it, only saying that protests needed to be peaceful.
Doocy: "These activists posted a map with the home addresses of the Supreme Court justices. Is that the sort of thing this President wants?"
Psaki: "I think the President's view is that there is a lot of passion."
Disgusting that the White House is refusing to condemn this. pic.twitter.com/i5ErEBZ25X
— Carrie Severino (@JCNSeverino) May 5, 2022