Shortly into the confirmation hearing of Jeff Sessions CODEPINK member Desiree Fairooz, emitted a reflexive gasp upon hearing Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) say that Mr. Session's record of “treating all Americans equally under the law is clear and well-documented.”

Ms. Fairooz described the reflexive noise she made as, “spontaneous. It was an immediate rejection of what I considered an outright lie or pure ignorance.” She then held a sign reading “Support Civil Rights; Stop Sessions” as she was placed under arrest and taken out of the room.

On Wednesday, May 3, 2017, Washington, D.C. - CODEPINK members Tighe Barry, Desiree Fairooz, and Lenny Bianchi were found guilty of disorderly conduct and parading or demonstrating on Capitol grounds.

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To U.S. Attorney Generals:

The Department of Justice should not eject people from public hearings in congress and then criminally prosecute them for up to a year in prison for appropriate reactions to absurd and false statements. 

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  • signed 2017-07-18 14:45:42 -0400
    Absolutely lock up this poorly aging hippie!
  • signed 2017-07-17 08:30:34 -0400
    I thought the article in the paper was a satiric piece on our current political farce so you can imagine my surprise when I found out this actually happened! Please add my protest to this theater of the absurd.
  • signed 2017-07-16 13:53:38 -0400
    Absurd ! Insane ! Childish and demeaning! Sessions, how does you being a laughing matter translate into a citizen being tried for laughing during a hearing in Congress ? Disgraceful and juvenile ! And Americans wonder why they are so disliked throughout our world. Perhaps the clownish antics of elected officials is a contributing factor. Being half American on my mothers side is becoming a constant source of embarrassment . Not laughing in Canada ! Shame, shame, shame !
  • signed 2017-07-16 00:47:14 -0400
  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-07-15 15:19:42 -0400
    #CODEPINK protestors could face a year in prison for #Laughin. #Resist policing democracy instead of #warcriminals
  • @DayaRyelle tweeted link to this page. 2017-07-15 15:19:38 -0400
    #CODEPINK protestors could face a year in prison for #Laughin. #Resist policing democracy instead of #warcriminals http://www.codepink.org/truth_is_not_a_crime?recruiter_id=713751
  • signed 2017-07-15 15:19:26 -0400
    Real laughter is as an involuntary physical response to stimulus.

    The real, and even more absurd, trial could be over the issue of the authenticity of the laughter.

    In another situation, if it weren’t so tragic, my laughter could be uncontrollable.

    Is that a crime?
  • signed 2017-07-15 15:19:14 -0400
    We should jail them for false imprisonment.
  • signed 2017-07-15 14:56:46 -0400
    Very understandable reaction
  • signed 2017-07-15 08:14:33 -0400
    Shocking!
  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-07-14 21:15:28 -0400
    #CODEPINK protestors could face a year in prison for #Laughin. #Resist policing democracy instead of #warcriminals
  • signed 2017-07-14 21:15:00 -0400
  • signed 2017-07-14 18:09:03 -0400
    Laura Potter
  • signed 2017-07-14 16:37:48 -0400
    Replacing the whole damn system is a must, along with democrats & GOP
  • signed 2017-07-14 16:36:19 -0400
  • signed 2017-07-14 14:30:00 -0400
    There are some real issues for the DOJ in this country and NONE of them involve this incident. DO YOUR FREAKING JOB.
  • signed 2017-07-14 13:49:55 -0400
    Ridiculous that someone would have to stifle a laugh over something ridiculous.
  • signed 2017-07-14 13:45:34 -0400
    Damn! This is soooooo fucked up!
  • signed 2017-07-13 22:22:30 -0400
  • signed 2017-07-12 02:11:13 -0400
  • signed 2017-07-07 01:18:58 -0400
  • signed 2017-07-06 15:05:49 -0400
  • signed 2017-07-04 15:07:45 -0400
  • signed 2017-06-29 12:07:57 -0400
    It is outrageous that while war criminals like Ray Bradbury are not indicted for war crimes and instead are appointed to government posts, a woman is prosecuted for laughter.
  • signed 2017-06-29 11:41:53 -0400
  • signed 2017-06-28 19:44:05 -0400
    am from Liberia and will to work with you and hope that you will plan to visit my country.
  • signed 2017-06-23 01:11:41 -0400
  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-06-18 11:02:07 -0400
    #CODEPINK protestors could face a year in prison for #Laughin. #Resist policing democracy instead of #warcriminals
  • signed 2017-06-18 11:01:28 -0400
    Preserve democracy including peaceful demonstrations and and attendance at public civic events.
  • signed 2017-06-17 03:15:29 -0400
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