Sights & Sounds, June 24 and Beyond:

After the Illegitimate Supreme Court Decision Overturns Roe v. Wade:

People in the Streets to Demand: Restore Nationwide Legal Abortion Now!

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Washington, DC, immediate huge crowd protests SCOTUS overturn of Roe v Wade.

 

Washington, DC, June 24, 2022    Photo: AP

On Friday, June 24, the Supreme Court struck down what had been a woman’s constitutionally protected right to determine when and if she would have a child. The Court dictated that the female enslavement of forced motherhood is no longer forbidden by the Constitution—and it was predicted that over half the states would move quickly to ban or seriously curtail the right to abortion and some forms of birth control.

People—including the millions who had been expecting and dreading this day but not yet fully confronting the reality of it—reacted with shock, outrage, and a whole range of other emotions. In DC, Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights (RU4AR) protesters who were conducting a vigil at the Court faced off against fascist anti-abortion protesters, as people began to flood into the area. Guido Reichstadter of Rise Up daringly scaled up the Frederick Douglass Bridge, took it over, and stopped traffic—not coming down for two days. All around the country tens of thousands poured out and expressed rage at the enormous crime that had just gone down.

The next day again witnessed crowds coming out in many cities, smaller but still angry and determined. Demonstrations would mushroom as bystanders joined in. Clearly there is untapped potential; but just as clearly this needs to be organized and given shape. People need to step forward to become organizers.

“This decision is illegitimate, it must not be accepted, and people across this country who do not want to see women forced into motherhood against their will, and a whole host of other outrages behind that, need to rise now in the streets in mass nonviolent resistance, to demand and fight to win the restoration of nationwide legal abortion now,” said Sunsara Taylor of Rise Up. She said RU4AR would be putting out a call soon and asked people to check the Rise Up 4 AbortionRights website.

Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights Leads People In the Streets

Washington, D.C.

When the Supreme Court decision was announced at 10 am, protesters from Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights (RU4AR) were already outside the Supreme Court. They denounced the decision as completely illegitimate—and called on the masses of people to get into the streets immediately to demand: “The Federal Government Must Restore Nationwide Legal Abortion Now.” As the news of the decision spread, the Rise Up protesters were joined by thousands of others, jolted and fiercely outraged at the decision by the fascist majority on the Court. Rise Up calls for people across the country to get into the streets in “mass sustained nonviolent protests that cannot be ignored.”

Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights featured in NewYork Times video of reactions to Overturning of Roe vs. Wade.
Guido on Frederick Douglas Bridge protesting overturn of Roe v Wade.

 

Guido Reichstadter, a 42-year-old father of two and an activist with Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights, climbed to the top of Frederick Douglass Bridge and stayed there for 28 hours as nonviolent civil disobedience, drawing widespread coverage. He was arrested by DC police, and Rise Up called on people to support him.   

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Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined Sunsara Taylor and Rise Up in denouncing the Supreme Court decision as illegitimate and calling on people to get out into the streets in protest.

New York City

Friday, hundreds of people were in Union Square for a “day of” protest called by RU4AR. There was a march of hundreds for several blocks to join with thousands in Washington Square Park, and then a march of over 5,000 back to Union Square for a rally called by the mainstream pro-choice coalition. On Saturday, hundreds were back out in Union Square at an intense RU4AR rally led by young women. The masses at these protests were of very diverse backgrounds, ages, genders, and nationalities. When Carl Dix, representing the revcoms, dug into how what was needed to finally get rid of the oppression of women was an actual revolution, there was a roar from a significant section of the crowd.

New York: RU4AR protest SCOTUS overturn Roe v Wade marching from Union Square, NYC.

 

New York, June 24.    Photo: revcom..us

Carl Dix speaking at RU4AR protest in Union Square, NYC, June 25.

 

Carl Dix speaking at the RU4AR protest in Union Square, June 25.    Photo: revcom.us

Protest tonight in Washington Square Park, New York City, June 24, 2022

 

Protest in Washington Square Park, New York City, June 24, 2022    Photo: @luckytran

RU4AR NYC protest goes to Grand Central Station, June 25.

 

Protest near Grand Central Station, June 24    Photo: Mike Harlow

New York: die-in protesting SCOTUS overturn of Roe v Wade.

 

New York, June 24.    Photo: revcom.us

New York: RU4AR protest SCOTUS overturn of Roe v Wade at Union Square.

 

New York: RU4AR protest at Union Square, June 24. Photo: Tweet from @FrankBecerra   

Los Angeles

Protest on LA Freeway June 24 2022

 

"They’re not going to take over the freeway are they? Yes, they are. Los Angeles SHOWED OUT today with others around the country to demand #SCOTUS reverse their decision to overturn #RoeVWade! Keep this going! Day after day, night after night, until we win this fight!" June 24.    Photo: @therevcoms

Annie Day, from the National Tour to Get Organized for an ACTUAL Revolution, at the RU4AR protest.

Noche Diaz, national spokesperson for the Revolution Club, speaking at the RU4AR protest.

Protesters marched onto and shut down the northbound side of the 101 freeway, one of the main freeways going through downtown LA. The action received nationwide attention on CNN and elsewhere.

LAPD viciously attacks courageous nonviolent protesters who had marched onto the freeway.

Chicago

On Friday, a rally and march called by a mainstream coalition included thousands. The next day, several hundred rallied in the rain, and when the rally ended without a march, young members from the Revolution Club and RU4AR led a march in the rain through downtown. Later in the day about 500 people gathered at the Federal Plaza for a RU4AR rally and marched through the street for hours. On Sunday, RU4AR activists and members of the Revolution Club were out at the Pride Parade.

The Chicago Revolution Club at the Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights protests, on June 24 and 25, 2022. "There’s something wrong with America."

San Francisco/Bay Area

At least four protests took place on Friday. RU4AR activists joined in one and marched to a second at City Hall where thousands had gathered. Rise Up urged people to take to the streets, and about 1,000 marched through downtown streets. Hundreds went onto the freeway and stopped traffic. The next day, RU4AR marched through the Pride Celebration festival at the Civic Center. One report said, “At the sight of our march and hearing our chants, people were chanting, cheering, dancing, taking video. And one of the favorite chants which people took up with a passion was ‘fuck the Supreme Court’…” The activists, joined by several hundred, marched through major streets to the Castro district for a speakout.

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Oakland activists protest SCOTUS overturn of Roe v Wade.

 

Oakland, June 24.    Photo: via twitter @nicoleghio

Austin, Texas

On Friday, Texas Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights and other groups rallied at the federal courthouse. There was a march of an estimated 10,000 people through the streets. The next day hundreds came together for a very loud “Everything but the kitchen sink” protest where people banged pots and pans through the streets of downtown. The social media graphic about this action said, “They want us back in the kitchen? We’ll bring the kitchen to them.”

Austin: thousands protest against SCOTUS decision to overturn Roe v Wade.

 

Austin, June 25.    Photo: via Twitter @costonxo

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Seattle RU4AR lead protest against SCOTUS overturn of Roe v Wade

 

Seattle, June 24.    Photo: @caseyworks

Outpourings of Protest and Resistance

Across the country, from major urban areas to smaller cities, other protests called by various groups drew people into the streets after the Supreme Court decision. Here are scenes from just some of those broad protests in different cities.

Columbus, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio activists  protest SCOTUS overturn of Roe v Wade.

 

Columbus, Ohio, June 24.    Photo: via twitter @karenkasler

Dallas, Texas

Dallas crowd protest SCOTUS overturn of Roe v Wade.

 

Dallas, Texas, June 24.    Photo: via twitter @SaraGonzalez

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Aerial view of Minnesota thousands protesting SCOTUS overturn of Roe v Wade.

 

Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 24.    Photo: via twitter @mallorymhughes

Norman, Oklahoma

Norman, Oklahoma activists  protest SCOTUS overturn of Roe v Wade.

 

Norman, Oklahoma, June 24.    Photo: via twitter @PhotoFish

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Richmond, Virginia

Richmond, Virginia activists protest SCOTUS overturn of Roe v Wade.

 

Richmond, Virginia, June 24.    Photo: via twitter @URCollegian

Salt Lake City, Utah

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Springfield, Missouri

Springfield, Missouri, activists protest SCOTUS overturn of Roe v Wade.

 

Springfield, Missouri, June 24.    Photo: via twitter @gregoryholman

London, UK

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Acts of Repression Against Protestors

In a number of places, there were violent attacks on abortion rights protesters. In Phoenix, Arizona, police stationed inside the state capitol fired tear gas canisters at protesters outside the building. When the protesters moved to a nearby park, cops once again fired tear gas. In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a man drove his truck into an abortion rights rally, hitting several people. In Los Angeles, the LAPD viciously attacks courageous nonviolent protesters who had marched onto the freeway.

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Phoenix, Arizona

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Los Angeles