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What Happened This Weekend: Protests, Pride Parades, Police and Performances

By Jen Maravegias | Politics | June 27, 2022 |

By Jen Maravegias | Politics | June 27, 2022 |

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It was a very busy weekend. In the United States, there were multiple protests and marches railing against the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the 1973 decision, Roe v Wade. Where there are women or people of color protesting injustice, there will be violent responses.

In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a woman had her foot run over by a truck whose driver “charged the crowd” and then violently engaged with her at a protest.

In Los Angeles, where the police department has a robust history of violence, journalists covering abortion rights actions were “…pushed, struck with batons, forced out of areas where they had a right to observe police activity and blocked from entering other areas where police and protesters were clashing and arrests were being made.” According to this Los Angeles Times article.

Full House actress Jodie Sweetin was also roughed up by the LAPD at a protest

On Friday evening, tear gas was deployed by Arizona State Troopers at the state capitol in Phoenix to disperse peaceful protestors. Arizona was ranked the “most pro-life” state in 2018 by the group “Americans United for Life.” The Arizona Senate Democrats offered up this squishy response on social media

Rudy “America’s Mayor” Giuliani got slapped on the back and called a “scumbag” by an NYC grocery store employee while Rudy was out and about campaigning for his son (who is running for Governor of NY. Good luck with that, you twerp.) Naturally, Giuliani flopped harder than a soccer player and had the employee arrested for assault. I would like to buy this guy dinner.

It was also Pride Weekend across the country. On Sunday there were celebrations and parades in cities all over. They were beautiful.

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In New York, there were two parades. The corporate sponsored NYC Pride Parade and the Queer Liberation March. The Queer Liberation March was started in 2019 in an effort to reclaim Pride from the corporations, the cops and self-promoting politicians, according to the Reclaim Pride Coalition. Both events are good! Twice the pride!!

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The Glastonbury Festival took place this weekend in England and some of the performers there were not afraid to let their feelings about last week’s SCOTUS ruling be heard.

Olivia Rodrigo and Lily Allen dedicated a performance of Allen’s song ‘F*ck You’ to the Justices who overturned Roe.

Finally, the BET Awards were last night, and Lizzo — who partnered with Live Nation to donate one million dollars from her upcoming tour to Planned Parenthood — opened the ceremony with this brilliant number. (And yes, I know there are “better” places to donate a million dollars but this is still a good and Live Nation probably wasn’t going to match donations to an abortion fund.)

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