June 26, 2022 Jack Elliott
After the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on June 24, pro-abortion activist groups are continuing a shouting campaign outside the residences of the court’s conservative justices.
In a historically unprecedented leak, someone released the court’s decision several weeks before the ruling was announced. In response, activists published the home locations of the six conservative members of the high court.
Since then, these justices have seen protesters gather where they live. Some neighbors said they hoped activists would end the campaigning after the court’s final decision.
They haven’t yet.
On the evening of June 24, about 30 protesters gathered outside Justice Clarence Thomas’s home.
On June 27, activist group Downright Impolite announced on Twitter that it’s planning protests outside the home of Justice Samuel Alito. Shut Down DC reposted the announcement.
Ruth Sent Us reposted the home addresses of the justices, signaling another round of demonstrations there.
Just the Beginning
Some activists have previously said that the protests outside the houses of justices aren’t about encouraging change.
“At the very least, I hope he’s annoyed. I hope he’s very inconvenienced,” said Connor, an attendee of a May 15 protest outside the homes of Justices Brett Kavanaugh and John Roberts.
So far, the protests outside the homes have ranged from 15 to 150 people. However, on average, between 15 and 30 demonstrators take part in the protests.
For about an hour at a time, they walk down the street, screaming obscenities, shouting the justice’s name, chanting protest slogans, and waving signs.
Pro-abortion activist groups SCOTUS6, Shut Down DC, Whatever It Takes, Ruth Sent Us, and Downright Impolite organize these events five days a week. While angry and loud, the protesters have been peaceful.
According to local police, as long as the demonstrators march in circles outside the home of a judge, they aren’t technically “picketing” it.
The action is still a “march,” even if it hovers around a judge’s home and involves shouting a name.
Even after the verdict, activists have continued to publicize the locations of the conservative Supreme Court justices’ homes.
A Reddit post revealing the justices’ addresses has more than 27,000 views. Some comments responding to the post threatened violence.
The company’s content policy reads that users must “respect the privacy of others.”
“Instigating harassment, for example by revealing someone’s personal or confidential information, is not allowed,” the policy reads.
Ruth Sent Us published the neighborhoods of justices on Twitter, receiving 51 retweets. Twitter’s official policy prohibits doxxing as well.
However, Reddit and Twitter haven’t yet removed the posts.
The online publicity has already led to a man being arrested near Kavanaugh’s house. The would-be attacker, who had a firearm and ammunition in his suitcase, told authorities that he had found the justice’s address online.
The man “began thinking about how to give his life purpose and decided that he would kill the Supreme Court justice after finding the justice’s Montgomery County address on the internet,” according to court documents.
In the past few weeks, violence against pro-life groups has escalated, with 35 organizations being graffitied, firebombed, or having windows broken, according to the website Catholic Vote.
After the ruling on Roe, pro-abortion extremist group Jane’s Revenge published a statement that threatened murder.
“We will hunt you down and make your lives a living hell. You started this war but we will win it,” the group wrote in an email to Abolition Media, an anarchist website. “So far it’s just been pregnancy crisis centers, but tomorrow it might be your cars, your homes, or even your lives.
“We support a diversity of tactics and we will not step down in this fight.”