A shadowy left-wing group operating under the moniker “Ruth Sent Us” is asking activists to target Supreme Court justices who may overturn Roe v. Wade with demonstrations at their private homes.
On Thursday, the group published the alleged home locations of the six conservative justices who heard Mississippi’s request to return the abortion debate to the states by overturning the 1973 decision. A February 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 decision with Chief Justice John Roberts remaining undecided. Each of their homes is targeted for protests between now and Wednesday.
“Our 6-3 extremist Supreme Court routinely issues rulings that hurt women, racial minorities, LGBTQ+ and immigrant rights,” reads the group’s website. “We must rise up to force accountability using a diversity of tactics.”
Stipends are being offered to artists who join the march. Payment and compensation were also offered to protesters who came to Washington to disrupt the constitutional proceedings at the Senate to confirm Brett Kavanaugh in 2018.
The organizing group’s leadership remains concealed on its website, even though it uses a .us URL. Websites with a .us URL are unusual, and according to Wired in 2005, new registrants could not include privacy protection in .us domain name purchases. RuthSent.us, however, redacted information related to its owners’ purchase. Another online domain tool, “WHOIS,” revealed the name Sam Spiegel as its registrant along with a P.O. box.
According to 2018 filings with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), Spiegel is named as treasurer of the political action committee, Unseat. Spiegel’s name is used for the Unseat PAC’s Twitter page, amplifying videos from MeidasTouch.com going after conservative justices for their potential reversal of the decision in Roe v. Wade. Unseat’s pinned post is an attack on Justice Kavanaugh claiming without evidence that his seat on the high bench was purchased. The group hasn’t filed with the FEC for years.
The FEC statement for the Unseat PAC lists Spiegel with the same P. O. box that the domain tool yielded for RuthSent.us. The statement also revealed another name, Vara Ramakrishnan, whose apparent Facebook page includes references to #StrikeForChoice and links to RefuseFascism.org. The “Ruth Sent Us” website 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.
Ramakrishnan’s name is also associated with another group called “Vigil for Democracy,” an LLC registered in Arizona in October, according to Bizapedia, an online company search engine. Vigil for Democracy is marked as a sponsor of the map posted on RuthSent.us that outlines where justices might live.
Another name associated with Vigil for Democracy is Snowden Bishop, a left-wing radio host. 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.
Left-wing agitators have previously targeted the home of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, where he lives with his wife and children. The move received condemnation from senators of both parties.
However, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has explicitly threatened both Kavanaugh and Justice Neil Gorsuch. At a protest in 2020 on the steps of the Supreme Court, which this week is under siege by left-wing activists and has anti-riot fencing protecting it, Schumer said, “I want to tell you Gorsuch, I want to tell you Kavanaugh, you have released the whirlwind and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”
The threat against these justices if they didn’t rule the way Schumer preferred received pushback from other Democrats and Chief Justice John Roberts.
The funding for the elaborate network of left-wing groups orchestrating and paying for these attacks on the constitutional process of judicial confirmations, at the Supreme Court itself, and at the homes of the justices remains unclear at this time.