Sunday, August 7, 2022

‘Hey Alito F ** k You’: Protesters smoke outside the high court after Roe v. Wade Gutted

WASHINGTON, DC – Hundreds of angry and devastated protesters flocked to the Supreme Court on Friday morning when the news of the court’s decision to arrest Roe v. Wade to reverse, which ended the constitutional right to an abortion.

The scene was initially surreal. On one side of the crowd, people celebrated Roe’s death by blowing up club music and firing a bubble machine. Just a few meters away, a much larger group of people were furious, with several women in tears and promising to continue fighting.

“Do not succumb to despair!” shouted one abortion rights organizer as the thumpa-thumpa-thumpa of a dance track continued in the background.

By early afternoon, dozens more people showed up with stickers and T-shirts declaring support for abortion rights. They stood together and sang hymns about the need to protect women’s rights, and waved homemade signs with messages like “Hey Alito, fuck you” and “No reproductive rights for women = no sex for men.” (Judge Samuel Alito wrote the majority opinion in Friday’s ruling.) Along the periphery of the crowd assisted a handful of protesters with anti-abortion signs.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.) was one of the few politicians to join the crowd. She spoke through an amplifier and acknowledged the frustration many people expressed that day about the boundaries of election politics.

“This is not something that is going to be resolved in a day, or in an election, or in a year, because we have to hold on,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “It’s a generational battle.”

“We have to fill the streets. “At the moment, elections are not enough,” she continued. “I’m not going to be here and tell you to drop out, because we have to show up everywhere. We need sand in every damn gear … Elections alone are not going to save us. We must, yes, show up at the ballot box, but that is the minimum. ”

However, it was not a particularly tense scene outside the court. If anything, the prevailing vote among abortion rights advocates was simply one of defeat, and an uncertainty about what to do now.

Bristol Williams, a 43-year-old black woman, was among those outside the courthouse. She was from New Orleans in town to visit her sister. Friday’s Supreme Court ruling means abortion is now illegal in her home state, thanks to a “trigger law” that came into force the moment Roe v. Wade was overthrown.

Williams said she was doing her part to pressure Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards to protect reproductive rights. But since local officials in her state are mostly Republican, she said, Edwards just falls in line with them.

“It’s horrible, especially for black women,” Williams said of the court’s decision.

“Our healthcare differences are already terrible, so now you’re talking about people who … have problems, like maybe getting an abortion, and you now have these obstacles too?” she said. “I do not know what it will look like for us.”

Abortion rights activists protested outside the Supreme Court after a majority of judges Roe v. Wade overturned Friday.

One woman, who only gave her first name, Alison, stood alone near a group of abortion rights supporters and led hymns. She cried openly.

“It’s a very sad reason to be here,” she said, noting that she was in St. Louis. Louis lived and happened to be in Washington for a business trip.

“I just feel invisible and unloved in my own country,” Alison said. “I wanted to come here today to look at all our country’s historical monuments, and now I just feel very ashamed to even want to.”

“Shame on you,” she said. “And treat everyone better, please.”

Elizabeth White, a 30-year-old black woman living in DC, led hymns with a megaphone and called for justice for women. She stressed how unequal the court’s decision would hurt Black, brown and transgender women. Meanwhile, she said, the men in court who make decisions about women’s bodies will always have the money to help the women in their own lives get abortions when needed.

“They’re going to pay for their mistress to get abortions,” White told HuffPost, “while we will not be able to do it.”

Elizabeth White (30) leads a hymn during a fiery rally after the Supreme Court Roe v.  Wade overturned Friday.
Elizabeth White (30) leads a hymn during a fiery rally after the Supreme Court Roe v. Wade overturned Friday.

Sunsara Taylor also spoke into a megaphone and urged the crowd to take to the streets in protest of the court’s decision. She wore a green bandana around her neck, which she told HuffPost was a nod to Argentina’s “green handkerchief” movement, in which women flooded the streets and managed to force political leaders to legalize abortion in 2020.

“Democrats have never fought for or defended abortion rights as they should,” said Taylor, who helped found the group Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights in January.

“Why do we lose abortion rights? Because people stay at home, ”she continued, her voice rising. “Get in the streets and stay. If we had hundreds of thousands, if we had a million people with green, surrounding the Capitol for a week, every day, it might take longer. But it may not. We can oblige them to act at the federal level to enact legislation or another measure to protect and restore legal abortion rights across this country.

Asked what she makes of Democratic leaders in Congress saying the best way to protect abortion rights is to vote for Democrats in November, Taylor joked.

“Abortion rights were won by fierce fighting in the streets. “You do not get your rights by waiting for these Democrats,” she said. “It has never happened that way before.”

“Biden will not even say the word ‘abortion,'” she added, which was true until last month. “Relying on them is a losing strategy.”

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