June 28, 2018
15 Times Protesters Crashed Politicians On Their Home Turf
The debate over the Trump administration’s policy of separating children from their parents, who crossed the country’s southern border illegally, has made its way to the front door of the White House — and the front doors of two administration officials who are the faces of the policy.
Senior policy advisor Stephen Miller, who is reportedly the brains behind the decision to prosecute those who have illegally crossed, lives in City Center in downtown D.C. Protesters visited his high-end apartment building on Tuesday and played an audio recording obtained by ProPublica of children at a detention center who were crying and asking for their parents.
Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, who came under fire for asserting the Trump administration did not have a policy of separating families, lives in Alexandria, Va. Last Friday, her townhouse attracted activists, who played the same audio on loudspeakers outside her home, chanting “How do you sleep at night? With babies crying for their families?”
The “home visits” from protesters are sparking concern over the current state of political discourse. But protesters have long used this tactic of confronting appointed and elected officials at their homes. It’s not something that started during the family separation policy, or during the Trump administration. Here are 15 examples of home visits over the past 15 years.
1. In February 1970, a crowd of protesters marched from George Washington University in Foggy Bottom to then-U.S. Attorney General John Mitchell’s Watergate apartment to protest the sentencing of the “Chicago Seven,” protesters convicted of crossing state lines with the intent to start a riot at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. One hundred forty-one people were arrested and many were charged with disorderly conduct or parading without a license.
2. In August 2003, protesters staged a demonstration at then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s house in Taos, N.M. to protest the Iraq War.
3. In June 2004, protesters marched from the White House to then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s house in Washington, D.C. to call for the prosecution of Rumsfeld for war crimes.
4. In 2013, protesters broadcast a film about drone warfare on Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson’s Georgetown home to protest.
— Jeff Rae (@jeffrae) November 12, 2013
5. In August 2013, protesters rallied outside then-Secretary of State John Kerry’s townhouse in Boston, Mass. to oppose military intervention in Syria.
— Anonymous (@BruceWayneAnon) September 2, 2013
6. In January 2015, anti-war protesters were arrested for trespassing while protesting inside former Vice President Dick Cheney’s fenced property in McLean, Va.
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) January 11, 2015
7. In December 2017, protesters spoke out against the Republican tax reform bill outside U.S. Sen. Susan Collins’s home in Bangor, Maine.
— Dan Frye (@DanTheCameraGuy) December 3, 2017
8. In August 2017, protesters with Take Action Minnesota delivered a large letter opposing Medicaid cuts to U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis outside his Woodbury, Minn. home.
9. In May 2017, protestors hung signs around Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai to oppose his plans to reverse net neutrality. The visits continued throughout the year.
I have a friend that lives near @AjitPaiFCC. Net neutrality "activists" posted these signs, featuring his children's names, outside his house. Pizzas also reportedly sent to his house every half-hour last night. pic.twitter.com/jWI4gV6Hvc
— Brendan Bordelon (@BrendanBordelon) November 25, 2017
10. In April 2017, protesters again danced their way from Dupont Circle to First Daughter Ivanka Trump’s home in D.C.’s Kalorama neighborhood to protest Trump’s executive order canceling an Obama-era climate change measure.
11. In February 2017, protesters rallied at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s house to oppose the confirmation of Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General. Protesters read together a 1986 letter by Coretta Scott King opposing Sessions’s nomination for federal judgeship.
What Mitch McConnell will come home to tonight pic.twitter.com/rRxQpuJi90
— Rachel Sadon (@Rachel_Sadon) February 9, 2017
12. In January 2017, protesters staged a dance party all the way from the Friendship Heights Metro station to then-Vice President-elect Mike Pence’s temporary home in Chevy Chase to protest his stance on LGBTQ issues.
— CNN (@CNN) January 19, 2017
13. In January 2018, people gathered outside U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer’s home in Brooklyn to protest the deal he brokered to end the federal government shutdown which did not include protections for “Dreamers.”
— Daniel Altschuler (@altochulo) January 23, 2018
14. In April 2018, protesters with Code Pink met outside U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco houses to register disapproval of the U.S. bombing of Syria.
A small contingent of Code Pink protesters arrived at Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s SF home to voice their opposition to the US Missile and Bomb strike on Syria. pic.twitter.com/FVuV1LW6mF
— Sergio Quintana (@svqjournalist) April 14, 2018
15. In June 2018, disability rights protesters chanted outside of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar’s home in the Meridian Hills neighborhood in Indianapolis, Ind.
And explanation of the north side protest from ADAPT member Chancelor Shingleton pic.twitter.com/5aIC0PO6Gk
— Justin L. Mack (@justinlmack) June 10, 2018
Have more examples of protests at home to share? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “protest.” And tune into our show about protests in local dining establishments on Thursday, June 28.