The mobs of protesters targeting judges’ homes after their draft Roe v Wade decision was leaked have largely worked as a cohesive unit with it hard to spot those responsible for the chaos.
But one pro-choice group has emerged as a spearhead leading the charge against the six SCOTUS lawmakers over the last week.
Ruth Sent Us is planning further demonstrations outside the houses on Wednesday as pro-choice activists continue to try to force through change.
The Left-Wingers released a map revealing the alleged addresses of the judges’ homes as they urge activists to show up and protest for ‘Walk-by Wednesday.’
It comes after a draft opinion leaked to Politico last Monday revealed five out of the six – Justices Samuel Alito, Amy Coney Barrett, Clarence Thomas, Brett Kavanaugh, and Neil Gorsuch – were planning to vote to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision. Chief Justice John Roberts remaining undecided.
The justices are scheduled to meet on Thursday – the first time they will gather in person since a draft opinion.
But Ruth Sent US are plotting to overshadow it, writing: ‘Our 6-3 extremist Supreme Court routinely issues rulings that hurt women, racial minorities, LGBTQ+ and immigrant rights. We must rise up to force accountability using a diversity of tactics.’
Artists who join the march – like muralists or graphic designers – are being offered stipends for their contributions.
The identity of the group’s leadership was not revealed on the website, but The Federalist identified some of the people allegedly behind the campaign.
Sam Spiegel: Politico who branded Trump supporters ‘Nazis’
Sam Spiegel: Politico who branded Trump supporters ‘Nazis’
The ‘Ruth Sent Us’ website, ruthsent.us, is registered under a person by the name Sam Spiegel, according to the domain registration website Whois.
Spiegel is named as treasurer of the political action committee, Unseat, according to 2018 filings with the Federal Election Commission (FEC). His Twitter handle is @UNSEATpac. The Twitter page’s pinned post is an attack on Justice Kavanaugh claiming without evidence that his seat on the high bench was purchased.
Spiegel previously expressed support for Rep. Maxine Waters’, D-Calif., controversial 2018 call to harass Trump administration officials in public, saying at the time that even supporters of his administration deserve to be ‘ambushed,’ Fox New Digital reported.
‘Lies and cruelty are not political opinions. If you support Trump today, you’re a Nazi, and should be run out of polite society,’ Spiegel tweeted June 24, 2018, the day after Waters, D-Calif., told supporters, ‘If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.’
In another tweet that same day, Spiegel argued that ‘shaming and shunning works’ and to ‘keep at it!’
‘The real story is the selfishness and cruelty of Trump, his supporters and his cronies,’ he wrote. ‘Nazis don’t deserve politeness, and they’re not getting it anymore. Shush, Nazi.’
‘When they go low, we go high,’ he continued. ‘When they go Nazi, we refuse service. While children are eating and sleeping in jail, everyone who supports this regime deserves to be ambushed.’
A few days after Spiegel’s tweets, protesters confronted then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his wife, then-Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, at a restaurant in Washington, D.C., and Spiegel tweeted: ‘We’ll leave him alone when Gorsuch leaves the Supreme Court. Or when @SenateMajLdr drops dead. Then we’ll bring donkeys to pi– on his grave.’
‘Lies and cruelty are not political opinions. If you support Trump today, you’re a Nazi, and should be run out of polite society,’ Spiegel tweeted June 24, 2018, in response to Waters
‘When they go low, we go high,’ he tweeted. ‘When they go Nazi, we refuse service. While children are eating and sleeping in jail, everyone who supports this regime deserves to be ambushed’
Spiegel tweeted: ‘We’ll leave him alone when Gorsuch leaves the Supreme Court. Or when @SenateMajLdr drops dead. Then we’ll bring donkeys to pi– on his grave’
Snowden Bishop: ‘The Cannabis Reporter’
Bishop, a left-wing radio host, is named in association with ‘Vigil for Democracy,’ an LLC – which is marked as a sponsor of the map posted on RuthSent.us that outlines where the justices might live.
Bishop’s LinkedIn page identifies her as a ‘principal’ of Vigil for Democracy and another group called ‘Just Resisting.’
Just Resisting’s Twitter page is run by the name ‘Justin Russell,’ who is listed alongside Bishop as an administrator of Vigil for Democracy’s fundraising page on Open Collective.
Snowden, who has written about cannabis since 2010, Snowden ‘parlayed her passion for sustainability, compassionate care and a burning desire to raise awareness about the cannabis movement into BEAM’s 2016 launch of The Cannabis Reporter,’ according to her bio.
Snowden’s twitter bio describes her as a writer/producer, climate leader and radio host.
Vara Ramakrishnan: ‘Privileged’ BLM activist
Vara Ramakrishnan: ‘Privileged’ BLM activist
The FEC statement for the Unseat PAC, who lists Spiegel with the same P. O. box as RuthSent.us, also revealed another name: Vara Ramakrishnan.
Posts on Ramakrishnan’s apparent Facebook page include references to #StrikeForChoice and links to RefuseFascism.org. The ‘Ruth Sent Us’ website displays links to Strike For Choice, which shows ‘connections to groups including Black Lives Matter, Code Pink, Women’s March SF, Kavanaugh Off Our Court, and Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights,’ as Judicial Network’s Carrie Severino noted.
Like Snowden Bishop, Ramakrishnan’s name is also associated with ‘Vigil for Democracy.’
Pro-abortion rights advocates march in the street during a protest outside the house of Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito in Alexandria, VA on May 9
Saturday’s demonstration was not the first time Kavanaugh was targeted at his home because of his stance on abortion. Demonstrators are pictured outside his house on Sept. 13, 2021
Protestors held up a sign that read ‘repro freedom for all!’ in front of Justice Kavanaugh’s home in Maryland on Sept. 13, 2021
‘Ruth Sent Me’ Sign held by woman who is wearing RBG outfit, in 2020
A draft opinion leaked to Politico on Monday revealed five out of the six, Justices Samuel Alito, Amy Coney Barrett, Clarence Thomas, Brett Kavanaugh, and Neil Gorsuch, were planning to vote to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision. Chief Justice John Roberts remaining undecided
Demonstrators have previously targeted the homes of conservative Justices Roberts and Brett Kavanaugh in response to the leaked Supreme Court draft decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Images of coat hangers were chalked on the street outside the justices’ homes, an apparent attempt to reinforce the pro-choice argument that overturning Roe v. Wade will not put an end to abortion, but instead will end safe abortions.
Protests continue around the country, with some planned this week at the homes of the justices.
The nine justices of the Supreme Court are scheduled to meet on Thursday – the first time they will gather in person since a draft opinion, written by Justice Samuel Alito and published by POLITICO, was leaked on Monday.
The document revealed the court has voted to strike down the landmark 1973 ruling Rove v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the United States.
Still, Alito’s opinion, which overturns the landmark case that made abortion legal in the country, remains the only circulated draft pending, Politico reported.
On Saturday dozens of pro-abortion protestors gathered in the rain in DC and marched towards the homes of conservative Justices Kavanaugh and Roberts
Protestors chanted ‘Keep abortion safe and legal!’ and ‘Pro-life is a lie! You don’t care if people die!’ outside of Supreme Court Justice John Robert’s home in Chevy Chase, Maryland
Protesters outside Kavanaugh’s home were heard loudly chanting: ‘We will not go back!’
Additionally, none of the conservative justices who initially sided with Alito have to date switched their votes. And there are no dissenting draft opinions making the rounds from any other justice, including the three liberals on the court.
‘This is the most serious assault on the court, perhaps from within, that the Supreme Court’s ever experienced,’ a person close to the court’s conservatives told Politico. ‘It’s an understatement to say they are heavily, heavily burdened by this.’
The draft opinion could change before the court formally unveils its ruling in the Mississippi abortion case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, at the end of its term in late June or early July.
Many are watching Roberts, wondering what he will do in his role as Chief Justice, and seeing this case as the biggest test of his leadership.
He could try to get one of the other conservative justices to withdraw their support from Alito’s opinion and join him in a more centrist opinion that wouldn’t formally overturn Roe but would uphold Mississippi’s 15-week cut off for performing most abortions.
That would maintain some federal guarantee of abortion rights. Overturning Roe would return the abortion issue to the states, letting each one make their own law.
Many are watching John Roberts, wondering what he will do in his role as Chief Justice, and seeing this abortion case as the biggest test of his leadership
Demonstrators in support of reproductive rights march to the justices’ homes in DC last week
The Senate on Wednesday will vote on codifying abortion rights into federal law but Majority Leader Chuck Schumer doesn’t have the votes to overcome a Republican filibuster.
But Schumer is using the vote to make a political point.
‘We are making sure that every senator will have to vote and every American will see how they voted,’ he said, adding that he believed Republicans ‘will suffer the consequences electorally when the American people see that.’
Tensions around abortion debate have skyrocketed with protests taking place around nation
Abortion rights have been under threat in recent months as Republican-led states move to tighten rules – with some seeking to ban all abortions after six weeks, before many women even know they are pregnant.
These include Arizona, where the Republican Governor in March signed a bill banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy; and Idaho where the governor signed a six-week abortion ban that allows family members of the fetus to sue providers who perform abortions past that point, similar to a Texas law enacted last year.
As it stands in the US, abortion can take place until about 24 weeks into pregnancy – but the exact period varies between states. For example, Texas bans abortion after about six weeks but Florida has a 15-week abortion ban.
Dubbed by president Biden as an ‘unprecedented assault on a woman’s constitutional rights under Roe v. Wade’ five conservative justices, including Kavanaugh, backed the law known as the ‘Texas Heartbeat Act’ that bans abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which is normally after six weeks and before many women even know they are pregnant.
The law makes no exceptions for rape or incest and allows Texans to report people, including Uber drivers, who help or take women to get abortions. The only exemption is if there is a danger to the woman’s health.