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Slide Show: The Occupy Movement Takes the Fight to the Supreme Court

  • Wake Up America! (1 of 11)

    On January 20, the eve of the second anniversary of the Citizens United v. FEC decision, a coalition of activists and advocates gathered outside the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, to protest the court’s role in opening the gates to the big money that has flooded politics in the past two years. 

     

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  • In DC, Occupy the Courts begins with a rally (2 of 11)

    The day began with speeches in front of the high court by Thom Hartmann, David Cobb of Move To Amend, and many others.

     

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  • Corporations Are Not “The People” (3 of 11)

    As the assembly grew, the stage was being set for nonviolent civil disobedience.

     

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  • An Occupy the Courts protest banner and petition (4 of 11)

    A Move to Amend banner was on hand to advocate for a 28th Amendment:

     

    We hold these Truths to be Self-Evident.

    Article 1: A Corporation is not a Person.

    Article 2: Money is Property, not Speech.

    Article 3: Constitutional Rights are for People.

     

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  • Occupiers and Supreme Court police fall into formation (5 of 11)

    In anticipation of mass civil disobedience, Supreme Court police sealed off all access to the plaza in front of the court with heavy metal barricades.

     

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  • A police line temporarily keeping Occupiers out (6 of 11)

    Marching on the Supreme Court for political reasons is a violation of federal law.

     

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  • Protesters dismantle metal barricades (7 of 11)

    Protesters tore down metal barriers Supreme Court Police built to keep them out.

     

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  • “Leave the Sidewalk! Take the Stairs!” (8 of 11)

    Protesters attempted to take the Supreme Court steps.

     

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  • Protesters cheer after pushing past the police line (9 of 11)

    Some protesters pressed through the line of police who were blocking the stairs to the front doors of the Supreme Court.

     

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  • Police make an arrest (10 of 11)

    Several protesters were arrested at Occupy the Courts for violating federal law barring political action on Court grounds.

     

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  • Supreme Court police drive protesters back and recreate their barricade (11 of 11)

    After the arrests, police restored the metal barricades blocking access to the plaza.

     

    Click here for all of The Nation’s coverage of the evolving Occupy movement.

     

    Image credit: Loren Fogel 

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